Wednesday, May 13, 2009

MUSIC: “Chopin Soirée" - Old Westbury, NY

Chopin Soirée, a concert featuring the chamber music ensemblePoetica Musica, Artists-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens, in the Red Ballroom of Westbury House, will begin with introductory remarks by composer Jakub Ciupiński. A Guided Tour of the vast and stunningly beautiful gardens and Westbury House will be conducted at 6:45 pm. A Meet-the Artists reception will follow the concert. 

A program of works by four Polish composers representing different periods will include Fryderyk Chopin’s Cello Sonata, mazurkas for solo piano, and seldom-performed flute arrangements of Chopin’s music, as well as the colorful Kurpian Songs by Karol Szymanowski, a popular flute sonata by a contemporary American composer of Polish descent, Robert Muczyński, and the U.S. premiere of Jakub Ciupiński’s Subtraction for flute and piano. The pieces will be performed by cellist Eugene Moye, soprano Eleanor Valkenburg, pianist Maria Antonia Garcia, and flutist Barry Crawford. 


Karol Szymanowski Pieśni Kurpiowskie (Kurpian Songs)  
Jakub Ciupiński Subtraction for flute and piano  
Fryderyk Chopin Mazurka in A major, Op. 17 no. 4
Mazurka in B-flat minor, Op. 24 no. 4
Mazurka in C major, Op. 24 no. 2  
Robert Muczyński Sonata for Flute and Piano op.14
Fryderyk Chopin Nocturne arranged for flute and piano
Cello Sonata in G minor, op.65  

Poetica Musica is a consortium of eight musicians who are currently Artists-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens, a stately mansion located on Long Island's North Shore.  

- By car – LIE (I-495) to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Road), follow the service road east for approx. 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left. 
- By train – Long Island Railroad to Westbury Station, then a taxi to Old Westbury Gardens.