|Heartland Baroque is thrilled to perform in concert on the upcoming 2018 North Carolina HIP (Historically-Informed Performance) Music Festival, “Baroque’n Hearted: A Valentine’s Love Letter to 17th-Century Italy,” a program which celebrates the passion and allure of Italy in the middle of the 17-Century. While some folks may associate Valentine’s Day with hearts, flowers, candy, and champagne, Heartland Baroque, along with guest artist, Soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh, is excited to enchant you with a rich and varied musical “box of chocolates!” Heartland Baroque members Martie Perry and David Wilson, baroque violins, Keith Collins, dulcian, Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello, and William Simms, theorbo/baroque guitar, along with special guest artist, Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano, pay tribute to this forward-thinking musical world of 17th-Century Italy in a program of instrumental and vocal music full of deep delights from composers that include Marco Uccellini, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Isabella Leonarda, Barbara Strozzi, Bianca Maria Meda, Biagio Marini, and more!|
Margaret Carpenter Haigh, Soprano
Hailed for her “clear, bright tone” (Cleveland Classical) and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a versatile artist, with repertoire ranging from mediaeval to contemporary music. She has performed as a soloist with groups including the Portland (ME) Symphony, Winston-Salem (NC) Symphony, Oxford Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and Piedmont Baroque Consortium. Alongside her husband, organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, Ms. Carpenter Haigh 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.
In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Carpenter Haigh’s engagements include solo débuts with the Memphis Symphony and the Newberry Consort, numerous Bach cantatas with the Raleigh Bach Soloists, appearances with Wyoming Baroque and Handel and Haydn Society, and the release of an album of seventeenth-century German chamber music with Ensemble Vermillian. Recent engagements of note including singing and narrating David Del Tredici’s An Alice Symphony with Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony, singing alongside Mark Padmore as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in the Aldeburgh Festival, and performing at the Oregon Bach Festival. Touring engagements have taken her to Israel, Germany, and France under the baton of Timothy Brown, and she has been featured as a soloist in the Easter at King’s Concert Series in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
Ms. Carpenter Haigh holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a doctoral candidate in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University where she studies with Ellen Hargis and Aaron Sheehan. Recent scholarship includes work on florid ornamentation practice in the airs sérieux of seventeenth-century composer Bénigne de Bacilly, and she is currently completing a project regarding physical gesture in the madrigal repertoire of the concerto delle donne in late sixteenth-century Ferrara. www.margaretcarpenter.org
Bound by a passion for playing instrumental music of the 17th and 18th-Centuries, Heartland Baroque (Martie Perry, Baroque Violin, David Wilson, Baroque Violin, Barbara Krumdieck, Baroque Cello, Keith Collins, Dulcian/Baroque Bassoon, and Billy Simms, Theorbo/Baroque Guitar) is an ensemble made up of early music specialists from all over the United States. Its members hail from North Carolina, Indiana, and California, and often perform together in other renowned historically-informed period instrument ensembles around the country. Heartland Baroque dives into the Baroque musical world with vigor, showing off the immediacy and technical brilliance, the vivacity and profundity, the lilt, complexity, and spontaneity of its composers. Heartland Baroque has performed concert tours in North Carolina, and has presented fringe concerts at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals as well for the Early Music Festival for Grace. Its debut CD, “The Benevolent Monarch,” will be released in late Spring of 2018.