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 programs 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 (those well known and beloved as well as those rarely heard). 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.

Highly recommended . . . I look forward to future volumes in this important series.” —GRAMOPHONE

The repertoire is charming, and the playing, on original instruments, is superb.” —STRINGS MAGAZINE

“The group’s exquisite sense of ensemble, vibrant sound, and ardent cantabile represented period instrument playing at its best.”—FANFARE MAGAZINE