Audience Education

Audience Education

Here’s your chance to learn more!

Does classical music sound like a foreign language to you? We believe that the music is inherently beautiful, but that the history and significance of the composer, the composition, and the ensemble enrich the listening experience. That is why we offer these exciting education events for our audience and community.


Mochas with the Musicologist

Saturday January 20, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m., location TBA
Mochas with the Musicologist returns for its sixth season of musical conversations over coffee! Join musicologist Jason Heilman and find out what exciting music awaits you on each half of Chamber Music Tulsa’s 2017-18 season. There will also be time for a relaxed Q&A session, so bring your burning musical questions. Come for a morning of great music and great conversation in a relaxed and friendly setting.

The Chamber Music of Robert Schumann

Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m., Harwelden Mansion

A virtuoso pianist, a gifted writer, and a pathbreaking composer, Robert Schumann truly embodied the romantic genius – right up to his tragic demise. Join musicologist Jason Heilman for a lively introduction to one of European music’s pivotal figures, whose chamber works are featured on three of this season’s programs.


Pre-Concert Lectures

Listen like a professional! Forty-five minutes before each 3 p.m. Sunday concert, all attendees are invited to join CMT Executive Director Bruce Sorrell, musicologist Jason Heilman, and special guests for an insider’s preview of the techniques, history, and significance of the upcoming performance. Stay Tuned for more detailed information!

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Calidore String Quartet
Lecturer: Jason Heilman
Paul Hindemith: Modern Classicist After the First World War, European composers began moving away from the hot-blooded, nationalist music of the nineteenth century and toward a cooler, more objective style. Some began to abandon the rules of tonality, while others embraced the music of the past. The German composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) managed to do both at once. Musicologist Jason Heilman shows how Hindemith’s Fourth String Quartet bridges the gap between the modernism of Arnold Schoenberg and the counterpoint of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Danish String Quartet
Lecturer: Danny Arthurs, TU
The Father, the Son, and an Ironist of the String Quartet Come learn how the father of the classical string quartet, Joseph Haydn, rubbed off on his most famous pupil, Beethoven. Professor of music Daniel Arthurs will take listeners through Haydn’s use of the “Sensitive Style,” and Beethoven’s transformation of that style through his dramatic approach to musical form.  Then, Prof. Arthurs explores the post-modernist third quartet of Schnittke, who’s affinity for musical pastiche might best be tongue-twistingly described as a classical polystyle in spite of itself.​
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Meccore Quartet
Lecturer: Jason Heilman
Karol Szymanowski: Polish Modernist While Frederic Chopin is justly famous as Poland’s greatest composer, lesser known are the generations of Polish composers who followed in his footsteps. Of those, Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) is the most celebrated in his own native country and beyond. Musicologist Jason Heilman introduces the string quartets of the early twentieth century composer, who was hailed in his day as “the Polish Richard Strauss”.
Sunday, January 28, 2018 
Ensemble 4.1
Lecturer: Jason Heilman
Winds and Piano: From Mozart to the Present Though it might seem like an odd grouping of instruments, the quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn is one of the most storied wind ensembles. Mozart wrote for this grouping – essentially by pairing himself at the keyboard with four of his favorite winds – and Beethoven followed in his footsteps. Musicologist Jason Heilman delves into the history and repertoire of this unique quintet, which stretches all the way from classical Vienna up to our own time.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Horszowski Trio with Masumi Per Rostad
Lecturer: Andreia Pinto-Correia, composer
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Takács Quartet
Lecturer: Allen Scott, OSU