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

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March 18th, 2017
Pancho Anaya Bakery
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. – come early to order coffee! 

Mochas with the Musicologist returns for its fifth season of musical conversations over coffee – and pastries! Join musicologist Jason Heilman at Pancho Anaya Bakery and find out what exciting music awaits you on the first half of Chamber Music Tulsa’s 2016-17 season. Jason will also give a handy “roadmap” to the Beethoven string quartets in anticipation of this season’s Beethoven cycle with the Miró Quartet. Come for a morning of great music and great food in a relaxed and friendly setting!

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 11, 2016 – Dover Quartet

Executive Director Bruce Sorrell will give the pre-concert lecture this Sunday, starting at 2:15 pm in the Williams Theatre. Bruce will talk about “autobiography” in music, and particularly the fact that Smetana had gone deaf before he composed his “From My Life” quartet. Later this season CMT is presenting the “Beethoven Winter Festival,” which will feature the Miró Quartet performing all 16 of Beethoven’s string quartets. Like Smetana, Beethoven completed his late masterpieces after losing his hearing. Join us for a fascinating glimpse into how this impacts the compositions of these two composers.


Sunday, October 9, 2016 – Trio Solist

CMT’s Executive Director, Bruce Sorrell, and composer Noam Faingold will give a free lecture discussing the works on Sunday’s concert by Haydn and Brahms from a performer’s and composer’s points of view.


Sunday, November 13, 2016 – Modigliani Quartet

Dvořák: Czech in the New World: Like his mentor Bedřich Smetana, Antonin Dvořák blended Czech folk music into his classical compositions, but Dvořák’s Brahms-inspired lyricism took this music to new heights. Coming to the United States at the peak of his career, Dvořák did the same thing for us: he drew upon the wide variety of American folk music to create the first serious attempt at an American musical identity. Musicologist Jason Heilman will trace Dvořák’s path through the U.S. and show what makes the “American” String Quartet so American.


Sunday, April 2, 2017 – Hermitage Trio

Russia and the “Mighty Handful”: Tchaikovsky may be the most famous Russian composer, but a very vocal group of his contemporaries thought he was a sell-out. Banding together, these five Russian nationalist composers disavowed Tchaikovsky’s smooth lyricism in favor of the rugged and colorful sounds of authentic Russian folk music. Their music influenced every generation of Russian composers who followed. Musicologist Jason Heilman will illustrate the fine line these Russians walked between East and West, as can be heard in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Piano Trio.


Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Lysander Trio

Schubert: Vienna’s Songwriter: We remember Franz Schubert as a protean composer of symphonies, string quartets, piano trios, sonatas, and more. But during his own brief lifetime, he was known as a writer of Lieder, or songs with piano accompaniment, which were often performed at parties and other “lowbrow” events in Vienna. His reputation as a “serious” composer was only made half a century after his death, as his instrumental works were discovered and performed. Musicologist Jason Heilman will delve into the origins of the lyricism that pervades Schubert’s monumental E-flat Piano Trio.