Sun, Feb 12 @ 3:00

Novelty and Familiarity
The 18th century string trio

Sunday, Feb. 12th at 3:00 pm The title of this program sums up the the 18th century string trio, which is at once brand new and wonderfully familiar—an extensive body of works, mostly unknown to modern audiences, yet written in a language we know and love. As part of the 2022 North Carolina HIP Festival, the Vivaldi Project presents a program which includes the modern premiere of a trio by Maddalena Sirmen (from Duke’s Rubenstein rare book and manuscript Library) as well as one of the beloved op. 9 trios by Beethoven.

Praised for its brilliant and expressive playing, The Vivaldi Project, co-directed by Elizabeth Field and Stephanie Vial, is dedicated to presenting innovative pro-grams of Baroque and Classical string repertoire that combine scholarship and performance both to educate and delight audiences. The period instrument ensemble takes its name from the virtuoso violinist and innovative composer Antonio Vivaldi, recognizing his pivotal position between earlier Baroque and later Classical composers. Since it was founded by Field in 2006, The Vivaldi Project has performed throughout the country, including live performances and interviews for Washington’s WETA, North Carolina’s WCPE and WUNC, WBAA, and Minnesota Public Radio. The Vivaldi Project’s educational arm, the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments (EMMI), offers professional string players and advanced students the opportunity to study historical performance practices using their own modern instruments. The Vivaldi Project has produced numerous videos and led workshops and residencies at conservatories and musical institutions around the country, including the Boston Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, Duke and Vanderbilt Universities, as well as UVA, UNC-CH and UNCG. Their recording series, Discovering The Classical String Trio, three volumes strong with a fourth on its way, can be heard on radio stations around the world.