Musicale - Mark Fromm Chamber Works

  • Chatham University | James Laughlin Music Hall 5798 West Woodland Road Pittsburgh, PA, 15232 United States

Trillium Ensemble performs selections from five chamber works of Pittsburgh composer Mark S. Fromm: A Citizen of the 21st Century Looks Back (2009), Sonata Deus Ex Machina (2006), Borealis (2005), e to the x (2013), Silent Spring (2012). 

Katie, Rachael and Elise discuss how these pieces come together to create the Silent Spring Project as part of the New Hazlett Theater’s Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series on April 14, 2016.

The Silent Spring Project is a musical, visual, audio, and theatrical performance that explores, through music, the impact of mankind on the environment. Five pieces by composer Mark S. Fromm are reimagined using audio processing and arranged into a narrative that juxtaposes Buckminster Fuller’s ideas about the future of humanity with Rachel Carson’s warnings about releasing too many manmade chemicals into the environment.

Trillium Ensemble commissioned the piece Silent Spring, which serves as the performance’s focus and finale. Flutist Elise DePasquale, clarinetist Rachael Stutzman Cohen, and singer-pianist Katie Palumbo perform live music floating above pre-recorded music processed by audio engineers Don Maue and Jason Allison.