The Gryphon Trio exemplifies chamber music as a living tradition: they treasure the heritage of the past, actively commission and promote works by living composers, and eagerly share it all with listeners around the world. For the Trio’s return to Tulsa, they offer inventive programs that reflect their wide-ranging intellectual, cultural, and musical curiosity. Prepare yourself to be charmed by these fascinating musicians!
“Big, bold, almost orchestral performances!”
— Los Angeles Times
Moonshine Ballads and Various Charms
With Patricia O'Callaghan
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Renaissance Square Event Center
6:45 p.m. - Doors open for wine and hors d'oeuvres
A special cabaret program that evokes open skies, dark tales, and lazy afternoons. From Arlo Guthrie to Aaron Copland, Charles Ives to Randy Newman, these are songs where nostalgia and hardship walk comfortably hand in hand. A southern waltz by Gillian Welch next to a northern ballad by Ron Sexsmith leaves one feeling the vast and beating heart of Americana and beyond.
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Doors open for wine and conversation
Mozart: Divertimento in B-flat major, K. 254 (Allegro assai)
Silvestrov: Fugitive Visions of Mozart (Movements I, III, & VI)
Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1
David Braid: el castillo interior
Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
Lalo: Trio No. 3 in A minor, Op. 26
Program notes to come!
The Saturday Salon Series is currently sold-out, but tickets may become available.
Call 918.587.3802 to be put on our waiting list.
Concert Highlight: Sunday
This concert offers music in distinctive styles by composers from different parts of the world. Dinuk Wijeratne, a Sri Lankan-born Canadian, wrote Love Triangle with an intriguing mix of sounds blending East and West. British-born American composer Rebecca Clarke’s Trio (1921) is passionate and atmospheric, with lush harmonies and soaring melodies. Ravel drew inspiration from Asian music, especially the sound of Indonesian gamelan, in composing his impressionistic trio, considered one of the greatest ever written.
Pre-concert lecture by Jason Heilman
Rebecca Clarke and Maurice Ravel: Trios around the Great War
In addition to nearly destroying an entire generation, the First World War changed European culture forever. In music, it’s common to draw a line between the decadent works of the pre-war era and the more austere sounds of the 1920s and beyond. Today’s program pairs two pieces that bookend the War: a 1914 piano trio by French composer Maurice Ravel and a 1921 trio by English composer Rebecca Clarke. Musicologist Jason Heilman explores the cultural impact of the Great War through the lens these two distinct yet closely linked trios.
Get to know the Gryphon Trio
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.
The Trio tours regularly throughout North America and Europe and their 20 recordings are an encyclopedia of works for the genre. They have commissioned over 75 new works, and regularly collaborate on projects that push the boundaries of chamber music. Honours include two Juno Awards for Classical Album of the Year, and the prestigious 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council.
Deeply committed to the education of the next generation of audiences and performers alike, the Gryphons frequently conduct masterclasses and workshops at universities and conservatories, and are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and Trinity College.