Chamber Music Tulsa celebrates 66 years
Chamber Music Tulsa begins its milestone anniversary next month with the theme “Celebrating 66 years on Route 66.”
Miró Quartet will perform April 4 and 5, 2020.
Michael Tad Carter
You might not blend “The Mother Road” with classical music, but Chamber Music Tulsa is revving its musical engines as it begins its milestone anniversary next month with the theme “Celebrating 66 years on Route 66.”
“The obvious correlation to Tulsa’s most famous road inspired us to reflect upon and celebrate the journey Chamber Music Tulsa began in 1954,” says Bruce Sorrell, CMT executive director.
CMT was founded as Concertime Inc. by late Tulsan Rosalie Talbott, a pianist, teacher and graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City. Today it is recognized as one of the premier chamber music presenters in the country.
“We book returning groups that our audience loves and groups we want to introduce to Tulsa,” Sorrell says. “This season, the Miró Quartet returns with its fourth appearance since 2012. The American Brass Quintet and Daedalus Quartet have both been in our series, but it has been a decade or more since their last appearances. We are thrilled to bring the Harlem Quartet, and the McGill/McHale Trio to Tulsa for the first time.”
CMT concerts, Sorrell says, are divided into three categories: Friday Gallery, Saturday Salon and Sunday Afternoon. Friday Gallery tickets are available by subscription or individual sale. Saturday Salon concerts sell out to subscribers, but occasional tickets are turned in. Check with the CMT office for availability.
The PAC’s Kathleen Westby Pavilion is the venue for Saturday nights. Sunday afternoon concerts follow in the PAC’s John H. Williams Theater. “Last year CMT concerts added Friday performance weekends to new venues in the Tulsa Arts District, to “replicate (the Saturday Salon experience) in a different setting,” Sorrell says. “We are offering four this year, two at DUET and two at ahha.”
Major highlights of the 66th season include a “New Year’s Gift” Parthenia Viol Concert, with soprano Sherezade Panthaki, on Jan. 5 at St. John’s Episcopal Church; and an April 23 “progressive concert” in the lobbies of historic downtown buildings, featuring the Akropolis Quintet.
The Miró Quartet asked Chamber Music Tulsa to be part of a group of presenters from around the country to commission a new string quartet from Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Kevin Puts. This new work will be performed on April 5, Sorrell says.