McGill / McHale


March 6 - 8, 2020

An unusual combination of flute, clarinet, and piano, this trio was initially formed for a festival concert, where brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill immediately bonded with Michael McHale. The players balance and blend their timbres with nuanced phrasing to create a dazzling listening experience. Because of their extensive solo and orchestral commitments, the trio rarely tours as an ensemble. We are thrilled that the stars aligned for this opportunity to hear the McGill-McHale Trio live in Tulsa!

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 8 p.m.

Duet Jazz Club

Doors open at 7 p.m.


Schoenfield: Sonatina for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
Shostakovich: Four Waltzes
Irish Traditional: The Lark in the Clear Air  
Irish Traditional: Danny Boy
Coleman: Portraits of Langston (Narrated by Quraysh Ali Lansana)


program notes

March 7, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.

Westby Pavilion

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

7:00 p.m.

Doors open for wine and conversation


Saint-Saens: Tarantella in A Minor for Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Op. 6

Rachmaninoff: Vocalise

Shostakovich: Four Waltzes

Hammond: The Beardless Boy – piano solo

Hammond: The Lamentation of Owen O’Neil

Irish Traditional (arr. McHale): The Lark in the Clear Air

Coleman: Portraits of Langston

Program notes

Our Saturday Salon concerts are currently sold out. Occasionally tickets will become available. To be put on the waitlist, call 918.587.3802 or fill out this form

March 8, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

John H Williams Theatre

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

2:15 p.m.

Pre-concert lecture by Jason Heilman


Rogerson: A Fish Will Rise

Poulenc: Flute Sonata, Op. 164

Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 8

Connesson: Techno Parade

Debussy: Estampes III: Jardins sous la pluie (Piano Solo)

Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 184

Schoenfield: Sonatina for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano

Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 2 for Flute and Clarinet

Program Notes

Concert Highlight: Friday 

The Trio draws an autobiographical portrait in music reflecting their African-American and Northern Irish roots.  In “Portraits of Langston” Valerie Coleman creates six vivid musical vignettes inspired by poems by Langston Hughes. In characteristic works by Schoenfield and Poulenc, the composers exploit the lush beauty of the individual instruments. 

Get to know the McGill / McHale Trio  

Michael McHale


Anthony McGill


Demarre McGill


The McGill/McHale Trio was founded in September 2014 when clarinetist Anthony McGill and his brother, flutist Demarre McGill, were featured artists in a residency at Bowling Green University in Ohio. While there, pianist Michael McHale joined them in concert for the first time, and it was immediately clear that the Trio would have a great future making music together.

Considered one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestra musicians, Anthony McGill was named Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic in September 2014, having previously been Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal with the Cincinnati Symphony. A graduate of Curtis, the Chicago native gained international recognition in January of 2009 when he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and the John Jay Justice Award and serves on the faculties of Curtis, Juilliard, Peabody, Manhattan School of Music, and BARD.