Jennifer Curtis teaches violin, improvisation, and the art of interpretation at Duke University. The New York Times describes her as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.” Jennifer is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and founder of the group Tres Americas Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela and the Knights Chamber Orchestra; performed in Romania in honor of George Enescu; given world premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; collaborated with composer John Adams at the Library of Congress; and appeared at El Festival de las Artes Esenias in Peru and festivals worldwide. An educator with a focus on music as humanitarian aid, Jennifer has also collaborated with musical shaman of the Andes, improvised for live radio from the interior of the Amazon jungle, and taught and collaborated with Kurdish refugees in Turkey. She will be accompanied by the Melodic Refuge Orchestra, a mixed ensemble featuring artists from Italy, Lebanon, and North Carolina. Their musical realm ranges from Arabic, Romanian, and Italian traditions to the contemporary American South.