Trillium Ensemble will kick off the first-ever Pittsburgh Soundpike, part of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music. Pittsburgh Soundpike is a unique way to experience many of Pittsburgh’s new music ensembles, with groups alternating throughout the concert. Pay as you exit; the longer you stay, the less you pay!
Trillium begins with the world premiere of Scott Steele’s Conversations with Ligeti and Heidegger (And Mom in the Background). The piece features piano, flute doubling alto flute, clarinet doubling bass clarinet and 9 crystal glasses! Conversations (as the title implies) vacillates between various styles from rhythmic to suspended to raucous.
Silent Spring by Mark S. Fromm will conclude Trillium Ensemble’s portion of the concert. This powerful piece, inspired by Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book of the same title, will surely move you. Enthusiastically received at Trillium's premiere in June of 2013, Fromm exploits the trio’s skills. The flute and clarinet (Elise and Rachael) use extended techniques to incorporate the sounds of nature, while the multi-talented pianist (Katie) sings soaring melodies above it all.