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Poetica Musica

Poetica Musica  is a consortium of musicians who are currently Artists-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens, a stately mansion located on Long Island's North Shore. Individually and collectively, members have performed in such music festivals as the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Aspen, Jerusalem and Edinburgh festivals and with such organizations as the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the American Symphony, the New York City Ballet Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Members of Poetica Musica have performed at the St-Martin-in-the-Fields and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls in New York and at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The ensemble has also performed concerts in Paris, Berlin, Toronto, Warsaw and Prague

Since 1990, Poetica Musica has toured Europe each summer performing at such festivals as the Janacek in Hukvaldy Festival, the Concentus Moravae Festival, the South Bohemia Festival and the Festival of the Five Petals in Cesky Krumlov under the auspices of the Janacek Foundation and the Baroque Theater Foundation of the Cesky Krumlov Chateau. During the summer of 2000, the ensemble performed at the Czech Embassy in Prague and at the Ambassador's Residence in Lyublyana, Slovenia with support of the United States State Department.

In February 2001, they performed a series of concerts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Czech Embassy in London, and the St.-Martin-the Fields as well performing in Paris, Berlin and Prague. The 2001-2002 season will take Poetica Musica to the Middle East, North Africa and Europe as well as numerous concerts in the United States and Canada.

For the past fours years, Poetica Musica has participated in concerts sponsored by the United States State Department. In 2000, Poetica Musica performed at concerts in the United States Ambassador’s Residences in the Czech Republic and Slovenia. In 2001, Poetica Musica toured Syria performing in Damascus, Homs and Lattakia and presented master classes at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus. During October of 2002, members of Poetica Musica received a Fulbright-Hays Grant for Educational and Cultural Exchange in order to perform in Tunisia at the L’Octobre Festival Du Carthage, The October Festival of Sousse and at the United States Embassy in Tunis. The ensemble also conducted master classes at the music conservatory in Sousse and “jam sessions” with local Arab artists in the town of Sidi Bou Said. During the summer of 2003, Poetica Musica was invited to participate in the “American Days Festival” in Bialystok, Poland sponsored by the United States Embassy in Warsaw and also performed at the famous Dziekanka chamber music series presented by the Chopin Academy in Warsaw.

During the 2004 season, Poetica Musica traveled to Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Rumania and Bulgaria under the auspices of the United States State Department. They performed at the Sarajevo Winter Festival, at the Lisinski Hall in Zagreb and at other local festival and concert series. They also conducted master classes at the Music Academies in Sofia and Bucharest. Later in the 2004/2005 season, Poetica Musica will tour Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Slovakia. They were also invited to return to Bulgaria and Rumania.

Poetica Musica has also been invited to participate in the 2005 Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial Celebration sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Foundation in Denmark. The concert will take on March 16, 2005 at Carnegie Hall at Weill Recital Hall.

Committed to cultural exchange, Poetica Musica has collaborated with foreign embassies, consulates and other humanitarian organizations worldwide including the Czech Center of New York and Paris, the Czech Embassy in Washington and Berlin, the Consulate of Brazil in New York, the Royal Danish Consulate General in New York, the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, Danish Arts in Copenhagen, the American Friends of the Hermitage Museum in New York, and the Baroque Theater Foundation of the Cesky Krumlov Chateau.

Poetica Musica is at home with early music as well as contemporary music and is dedicated to performing seldom-heard works with very rare and unique instrumental combinations.  They have commissioned, premiered and introduced works by Ludmila Uhlela, Linda Babits, Jack Beeson and John Carter.

As Artists-in-Residence at the Heckscher Museum in New York, Poetica Musica has specialized in devising, producing, and performing in almost thirty musical projects in conjunction with art exhibitions including "Baudelaire's Voyages", "The Paintings of Edvard Munch", and a Milton Avery Retrospective.  Museum collaborations have included the Philadelphia Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Holburne Museum in Bath, UK, the Brooklyn Museum, the Parrish Art Museum and the Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase.

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