Greenwood Commissioning Project

Chamber Music Tulsa has made a long-term commitment to promote equity in chamber music by commissioning new works from underrepresented composers, particularly people of color and women. This season we have commissioned three African American composers to create chamber music inspired by the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Anthony R. Green, Corey Dundee, and Barron Ryan will offer distinctive viewpoints through their compositions.

 

Corey Dundee’s new string quartet will premiere on the Verona Quartet concert weekend. Dundee will be in residence in Tulsa to lead community conversations, give pre-concert lectures, and offer an open rehearsal with Verona Quartet to discuss the new work and his experience working on this project.

 

Social-justice artist Anthony R. Green will compose a string quartet and engage Tulsans in conversations about the ongoing social effects of the race massacre. The Thalea String Quartet will perform Green’s work throughout Tulsa during a two-week community-outreach residency in May 2021. Thalea's residency will include performing for all 3,500+ fourth graders in Tulsa Public Schools as part of Any Given Child Tulsa.

 

Tulsa native Barron Ryan will create a new piano trio to be premiered in May 2021 at a concert at DUET Jazz Club, and at a free second performance at another venue. The performers (with Ryan as pianist) will also visit three high schools to perform the work and share their experiences as professional musicians.

 

Chamber Music Tulsa believes that everyone deserves a chance to enjoy the art of live chamber music, and that the activities we are sponsoring can foster reconciliation and healing in our city, long haunted by the tragedy that unfolded in 1921.