WSN Series: Chamber Music of Haydn featuring the Baryton
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On November 12th at 3:00 pm, Mallarmé players will team up with the UNC-Chapel Hill School Department of Music to present a unique HIP (historically-informed performance) concert called Haydn’s Baryton. A baryton is a gamba-like string instrument with six gut strings in the front that are bowed, and 9 -12 wire strings behind the neck that are plucked. The resulting sound is like a harp and because it takes extreme coordination to bow and pluck the strings, it is a very difficult instrument to play.
The best known works for this instrument are 175 compositions written by Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn for his patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. Mallarmé will present several of these Haydn works, featuring Brent Wissick from UNC-CH and Kenneth Slowik from the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society on the baryton. The concert is dedicated to cellist/gambist John Hsu, a Chapel Hill resident, who revived the playing of the baryton in the 1980’s along with this elegantly crafted music by Haydn. Dr. Hsu is also the former teacher of three of the musicians performing including Mr. Wissick, Mr. Slowik and cellist Dr. Stephanie Vial, who studied with John Hsu at Cornell University. The concert will include remarks by Haydn scholar, Dr. James Webster. General admission is $15 ($10 for students and UNC faculty/staff)