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.

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.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 PACIFICA QUARTET
Looking Back: Composers have always paid homage to their musical predecessors. Yet when
Mozart writes a string quartet in honor of Haydn, the piece still sounds like Mozart. Felix
Mendelssohn almost never sounds like his idol, J.S. Bach. Musicologist Jason Heilman will show
how these two composers – and a couple of others – evoked the past while retaining their own

Sunday, October 4, 2015 QUARTETTO DI CREMONA
Looking Forward: When composers write music that’s too complex for their audience, we say that
they’re ahead of their time. Yet how is it that some composers seemed to be able to predict what
music would sound like hundreds of years in the future? Jason Heilman will demonstrate how
Mozart and Brahms each anticipated the dissonant music of the twentieth century in his own way.

Sunday, November 15, 2015 WEISS KAPLAN STUMPF TRIO
A Composer’s Thoughts: Composer Pierre Jalbert will be in Tulsa for this concert weekend and
will introduce his Piano Trio No. 1 which the Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio will perform. He will also
discuss works by Brahms and Beethoven (the “Archduke” Trio) from a composer’s perspective.

Sunday, February 7, 2016 FAURÉ QUARTET
The Lighter Side of Mahler and Strauss: After the innovations of Richard Wagner, two young
composers strove to bring symphonic music into the twentieth century: Gustav Mahler and Richard
Strauss. While they’re best known for their sprawling works for massive orchestras, as young men,
they each wrote a single piece of chamber music. Jason Heilman will introduce you to this other
side of these two towering composers.

Sunday, April 3, 2016 JERUSALEM QUARTET
Radicals in Traditional Garb: Beethoven, Bartók, and Schumann are known for stretching the
boundaries of traditional tonality and structures. But in this concert, the radicals are paying homage
to the traditions from which they have descended. Executive Director Bruce Sorrell will discuss the
works by these masters on this concert by the Jerusalem Quartet.

Stay tuned for an announcement about this pre-concert lecture!

Mochas with the Musicologist
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. – come early to order coffee!

August 29th, 2015
January 30, 2015

Mochas with the Musicologist returns for its fourth season of musical conversations over coffee! Join local musicologist Jason Heilman at the Phoenix coffeehouse and find out what exciting music awaits you on each half of Chamber Music Tulsa’s 2015-16 season. Jason will allow time for an informal Q&A session so don’t forget to bring your burning musical questions.

The Phoenix is located at 6th and Peoria. Parking is available across Peoria.

The Chamber Music of Brahms: Two
special Saturday morning events.

Saturday October 17, 2015 10:30 a.m.
Saturday February 20, 2015 10:30 a.m.

There are two popular images of Johannes Brahms: a fresh-faced talent eager to become Beethoven’s successor, and a world-weary composer whose music is tinged with melancholy. Often he seemed to be both of these at once. Join musicologist Jason Heilman at two special morning gatherings and get to know both sides of this wonderfully complex composer, whose works will feature on four of this season’s concerts.

The Phoenix is located at 6th and Peoria. Parking is available across Peoria.