News Release – Fiery & Wild – Jan. 13, 2019

CONCERT PREVIEW Baroque & Beyond –  Fiery & Wild
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill

“Fiery, wild, and dangerous” – thus did Classical Voice of North Carolina’s reviewer describe the talents of soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh, a specialist in baroque-period music. Featured recently in Early Music America Magazine, Margaret notes that her interest was drawn quickly to music of the early baroque, a repertoire in which she specializes, and which will be featured on Baroque & Beyond’s January program.

Hailed for her “clear, flexible voice” (Cleveland Classical) with “a talent for character portrayal” (Chicago Classical Review), Margaret is a soloist and chamber musician based in Charlotte, NC. Recent and upcoming solo engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Memphis Symphony, Rutter’s Requiem with the Evansville Philharmonic, BWV 105 Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht at the Oregon Bach Festival, Bach’s B minor Mass with Bach Akademie Charlotte, and Del Tredici’s An Alice Symphony with the Portland Symphony. Alongside her husband, organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, Margaret is co-founder of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, an ensemble specializing in French music from the time of Louis XIV and with which she has performed in venues including York Minster; New College Chapel, Oxford; and Clare College Chapel, Cambridge. Sheholds degrees from Case Western Reserve University (DMA in Historical Performance Pratice); the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar (Master’s Degree in choral studies); and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (degrees in voice and organ). For more information, visit

Joining Margaret are William Simms, theorbo; Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello; Florence Peacock, soprano; Rebecca Troxler, baroque flute; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord. Ms. Peacock will open the program with a Vivaldi cantata for soprano, flute, and basso continuo. Instrumental selections include duets for theorbo and harpsichord by Bellerofonte Castaldi as well as a solo piece for theorbo; and Largofrom a cello sonata by Antonio Vandini.

Margaret will be featured in Voglio de vita usar by Claudio Monteverdi; Sdegno campion audaceby Virgilio Mazzocchi; and the stunning Lagrime mieby Barbara Strozzi, whose amazing compositions are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve.

Tickets for Fiery & Wild ($18) are available in advance from Preservation Chapel Hill at 919-942-7818 or Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information about Baroque & Beyond, including bios for the other musicians, visit

The concert venue is the historic chapel at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Suggested parking in the adjacent Planetarium parking lot or the nearby Rosemary Street parking decks.