The Salon Concert is a social and musical evening in an intimate setting in the tradition of 19th-century salons. Musicians perform for 45-60 minutes and are welcome to speak informally about their musical selections. The usual venue is the Kathleen P. Westby Pavilion in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in downtown Tulsa. It is a gracious, modest-sized banquet room with a high ceiling and excellent acoustics. The audience – approximately 130 subscribers – sits at dinner tables, and the performing ensemble sits on the same level close to the listeners or on a low platform. Members enjoy wine during a social time before the performance, and the musicians join the audience for a light buffet dinner and socializing afterward.
Inside the Season: Extensive and edifying program notes are provided for all of Chamber Music Tulsa’s Salon and Sunday concerts by local expert, Jason Heilman, Ph.D. Program notes feature interesting and relevant background information on the artists, the composers, and the repertoire in order to give added insight to every performance.
Dr. Heilman is a freelance musicologist, translator, and writer. He was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Tulsa, where he played trumpet in the Tulsa Youth Symphony and graduated from Memorial High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tulsa, a master’s degree in music history from Northwestern University – where he continued his trumpet studies under Charles Geyer – and ultimately a Ph.D. in musicology and European studies from Duke University. An expert on Austrian and Czech music at the turn of the 20th-century, Jason was previously a fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna. He has taught music courses at Duke and at the University of Texas at Austin, and performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Tulsa, Ft. Smith, Chicago, Austin, Raleigh-Durham and Vienna. Currently, Jason serves as one of the founding directors of Tulsa Camerata.