Trillium Ensemble commences its fifth season with a program of American music at Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh. On Friday, October 24th, the trio performs in Chatham University’s October Musicale at 4pm. The group reprises the concert at the University of Pittsburgh’s series Artful Wednesdays on October 29th at noon.
Trillium Ensemble premieres David B. Thomas’s Squall, a gift from the Philadelphia based composer. As indicated by the title, the musical lines swirl around with an icy feel. Squall plays on the dichotomy of rapid moving notes and stark suspension. The flute and clarinet lines dodge in and around the piano’s constant motion. Thomas expands the feel of the piece with some carefully placed piccolo and bass clarinet lines as well. Trillium Ensemble is very excited to premiere this whirling piece!
Another highlight of the program includes Derek Bermel’s Twin Trio, a piece full of juxtapositions. In the first movement, the New York composer pairs the flute and clarinet together against the piano in a rapid musical line that worms around. The piece also contains a movement featuring the clarinet and flute without piano, exploiting their ability to bend pitches. Twin Trio finishes with a lilting groove that threatens to unravel before reaching its rushing end.
Elise and Rachael each take solos with pianist Katie, performing selections from Copland’s Duo for Flute and Piano and Gershwin’s Preludes respectively. Trillium Ensemble closes the program with one of its signature pieces Silent Spring by local composer Mark S. Fromm. This inspirational work uses all of the trio’s versatility, including singing pianist!