Gwendolyn Toth

Gwendolyn Toth is the director of the New York City-based early music ensemble, ARTEK, and a soloist on early keyboards (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano). She is married to harpsichordist Dongsok Shin, and they have three children.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Highlights from January 2011

It's now May, 2011, and for the first time in many months, I have a moment or two free to add to my blog. Many things to mention! First, a few memories from January. Our Vespers concert was a big success. (I admit, until the first notes were sung, I was nervous if indeed an audience COULD sing along with the Monteverdi Vespers.) But after the concert, about 20 people insisted that we present a Monteverdi Vespers sing-along EVERY YEAR! So it does seem to have been an audience favorite. Next, a little over a week later ARTEK performed on a presenter's showcase at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (in the chapel). Below is a short video of the first piece. (What you didn't know if you were there: I just come back at 7:30 pm from a skating competition that took place earlier the same day in Massachusetts, and there was great merriment when I showed up in complete skating mufti with hairpiece, major stage makeup, etc. Most of my prep time was spent in the ladies' room, re-doing the look!)


video

Want to see that skating competition? Here's a link to Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/nywomen#p/a/u/0/JMpZHN97uDI