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Silent Spring

  • Frick Fine Arts | University of Pittsburgh 104 Frick Fine Arts Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (map)

Trillium Ensemble performs its season finale at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 7:30pm. Silent Spring features two new works, the completion of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons, and a work for flute and electronics by University of Pittsburgh Professor, Mathew Rosenblum.

Trillium commissioned Silent Spring by Mark S. Fromm, local composer and member of Alia Musica Pittsburgh. The work takes its name from the book by Pittsburgh native and conservationist, Rachel Carson. Fromm exploits Trillium's versatility in this piece, using singing pianist, extended flute techniques and bass clarinet. The piece evokes the arrival of spring in birdsong and the starkness of no birds singing. This piece is sure to stir the emotions.

The world premiere piano solo, On The Ceiling Of The Sky by Matthew Heap, presents a three movement rhythmic thunderstorm that unfolds before the listener. With descriptive titles, One Thousand Refracting Dew-Drops, Gathering Clouds, and Inside the Thunderclap, the piece utilizes the entire range of the keyboard. Unevenly accented yet lyrical lines, polyrhythms that weave smoothly in and out between both hands of the pianist, and tonal clusters help to portray the moods of the different movements within the work.

Under the Rainbow, for flute and pre-recorded CD, returns to its premiere performance space. Mathew Roseblum’s piece takes the listener on a journey through a variety of musical styles including techno, karaoke, lounge, cartoon soundtrack, and naturally features members of the cast of the film The Wizard of Oz.


Earlier Event: April 28
Saint Maurice Church Recital
Later Event: October 25
Autumn Rhythms Preview