Trillium Ensemble is dedicated to creating powerful experiences through chamber music, driven by artistic collaboration and dynamic engagement of the audience. The synergy between musicians Elise DePasquale, Rachael Stutzman Cohen, and Katie Palumbo “combin[es] diverse artistic elements into a new whole that feels thoroughly organic and seamless.” (Linda Kernohan, missmusicnerd.com) Committed to expanding the repertoire for flute, clarinet and piano, the Pittsburgh-based trio has premiered works by composers Fernando Benadon, Christopher Catone, Mark S. Fromm, Federico Garcia, Nathan Hall, Matthew Heap, Scott Steele, and David B. Thomas since its inception in 2010.
In April 2016, Trillium premiered its watershed concert, the Silent Spring Project, as part of the 2015-2016 season of the New Hazlett Theater’s Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series. An immersive musical experience, the Silent Spring Project, surrounds the audience with sound, light, music, and storytelling. Inspired by the writings of Rachel Carson and Buckminster Fuller, composer Mark S. Fromm explores ideas of environmentalism, sustainability, and humanity’s role in the natural world, all while exploiting Trillium’s versatile sound. Music from the Silent Spring Project is available on the trio’s debut album, Silent Spring.
Other notable concerts include a residency at American University (D.C.) where the ensemble read and performed student compositions, held a masterclass for students performing contemporary chamber works, and performed a concert which included the music of American University faculty, Heap and Benadon. The ensemble has performed on several concert series in Pittsburgh including Bach, Beethoven and Brunch, Friday Afternoon Musicale Series at Chatham University, and Artful Wednesdays Series at the University of Pittsburgh. Trillium has also participated in the 2014 and 2016 Pittsburgh Festival of New Music’s Soundpike and often performs live on Pittsburgh’s classical music station, WQED 89.3 FM.
The Trillium Ensemble has received grants from the New Hazlett Theater, CSA Performance Series; Pittsburgh Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Puffin Foundation.
Future projects include collaborations with composers Patrick Burke, Carson Cooman and Matthew Heap.