Poetic Reflections

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2019-02-05 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Country: United States
City: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon, Houston, Texas 77006
Poetic Reflections is a performance of violin/voice (Dr. Ingrid Gerling) and piano (Dr. Andreea Mut). Each piece in the program is based on meditation, sacred text, or religiously inspired poetry, written by composers of different religious backgrounds and nationalities. Poetic Reflections aims to share an experience of universal spirituality that can be deeply felt through music. One of Houston's most notable composers, Paul English, will debut a piece composed for Gerling-Mut Duo, centering around the mission of the Rothko Chapel. Gerling-Mut Duo will be joined by guest musicians Gabriel Santiago, guitar, and Cassio Duarte, percussion. About the Rothko Chapel: Over fifty years ago, art patrons Dominique and John de Menil commissioned abstract expressionist Mark Rothko to create an intimate sanctuary where art and architecture work in harmony to welcome people from all walks of life, a sacred space where art invites contemplation and serves as a gateway to the Divine. A unique part of Houston’s cultural and spiritual communities, the Rothko Chapel remains committed to human rights and the struggle for justice with programs that foster mutual understanding and inspire action while effecting change. About Gerling-Mut Duo: Known for their dynamic performances and creative programming, Dr. Ingrid Gerling and Dr. Andreea Muţ are re-energizing the concept of the violin and piano duo. They began their musical collaboration in 2012, while pursuing their Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Houston. Upon graduating in 2015, they officially formed the Gerling-Mut Duo with the mission to bring new life to this traditional genre. They perform a wide range of repertoire, and share a strong commitment to performing contemporary music. Since its formation, the Gerling-Mut Duo has given multiple recitals at the University of St. Thomas and performs weekly for the Harmony in the Air series at the Hobby Airport. Their recent performances at San Jacinto College and at the Memorial Classical Music series were received with great enthusiasm, and they have since been invited to give recitals at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church and Grace United Methodist Church. The Gerling-Mut Duo was also featured at Miller Outdoor Theatre and the Rice University Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance as part of the Arts of Tolerance program. Future plans include another series of recitals at University of St. Thomas and other venues in Houston, outreach performances throughout Houston, and a recital tour in Brazil. This program is presented in celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019.