“Rencontres Poétiques” is a poetry-focused international concert series created by composers Mary Bichner [USA] and Christina Goh [France]. The series features musical settings composed by Bichner and Goh for classic poems in both French and English; inspired by the works of Yves Bonnefoy, Phillis Wheatley, Honoré de Balzac, Edgar Allan Poe, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Emily Dickinson, and more.
The first edition of the concert took place in Boston, MA, USA on April 13th 2022 at the Museum of Science Boston’s Mugar Omni Theatre. The event featured a world premiere from each composer, as well as gorgeous visuals custom-made by the Museum’s award-winning artistic teams accompanying each song via the theatre’s five-story screen. The performance also featured a special guest appearance by composer and vocalist Mali Sastri.
The second edition of the concert took place in Tours, France on October 20th 2022 at Le Centre Musical Jean de Ockeghem, a beautiful 12th century abbey turned performance venue, complete with a multi-sensory pre-show experience that included color-changing lights, images, and immersive sound. The performance featured a number of special guests appearances, including medieval troupe Passeurs de Légendes, lyric soprano Betsabée Haas, and actress Justine Calais-Gillot.
The next edition of ”Rencontres Poétiques” will take place on Thursday, March 28th 2024 at Salons Ronsard in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France. The date of the concert is timed to coincide with France’s National Poetry Month in March, also known as “Le printemps des poètes”.
Future editions of “Rencontres Poétiques” are currently in the planning stages. To book “Rencontres poétiques” in your city or venue, please contact the composers HERE.
To book “Rencontres poétiques” in your city or venue, please contact the composers at: