© 2022 Public Radio Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104
(918) 631-2577

A listener-supported service of The University of Tulsa
PRT Header Color
classical 88.7 | public radio 89.5
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Jason_Heilman_1015.jpg

Jason Heilman

Host, Classical Tulsa

Musicologist and Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman is no stranger to Tulsa’s concert audiences, having been a frequent speaker at concerts by Tulsa Camerata, Chamber Music Tulsa, and other local groups.
 
Originally from Wisconsin, Jason grew up in Tulsa, where he began playing trumpet in his middle school band. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tulsa, a master’s degree in music history from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in musicology and European Studies from Duke University. Jason’s area of expertise is the music of Vienna circa 1900, and while he was completing his dissertation, he lived in Vienna for a year and a half. Officially, he was there as an invited fellow at the IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies, but in reality, he spent most of his time attending concerts and sampling the city’s many bratwurst and kebab stands. 
 
Jason has taught music courses at Duke and at the University of Texas at Austin, but his real calling is inspiring people to experience the vast diversity of classical music firsthand. After returning to his hometown of Tulsa, he and three other local musicians co-founded Tulsa Camerata in 2010. In addition to his innovative role as Tulsa Camerata’s concert narrator, he also served for two years as its executive director. When Tulsa Camerata commissioned Michael Daugherty’s This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love, and Protest Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, Jason wrote the narrator’s part and performed it at the world premiere in Tulsa in April 2016.
 
Jason met his wife, Rosalyn, when they were both sixth graders at Byrd Middle School and they married twenty-five years later. His three passions in life are music, beer, and coffee, and he doesn’t consider a day complete without all three.

  • As one of Ludwig van Beethoven's final works, it initially divided opinion, with some contemporaries calling it unplayable and others hailing it as the pinnacle of the genre: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Beethoven's monumental String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, opus 131, in 10 minutes or less. You can hear the Verona Quartet perform the piece as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's 2021-22 season on April 10th at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
  • We'll never know why Franz Schubert suddenly stopped working on an ambitious new string quartet nearly 8 years before his untimely death, but its one finished movement went on to become a concert hall staple: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Schubert's String Quartet Movement in C minor, D.703, in 10 minutes or less. You can hear the Verona Quartet perform the piece as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's 2021-22 season on April 9th and 10th.
  • Whenever he got into financial trouble, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart turned to the piano trio, which he could easily sell to amateurs for some quick cash, if he could make the music simple enough: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Mozart's Piano Trio in C major, K.548, in 10 minutes or less. You can hear the ATOS Trio perform this piece as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's 2021-22 season on March 26.
  • As Chamber Music Tulsa presents all seven of Ludwig van Beethoven's numbered piano trios in two concerts with the German ATOS Trio March 25 and 27, get to know these groundbreaking works in our Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less podcast with Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman.
  • It started out as a celebration of France’s musical past, but it became a very personal tribute to seven close friends who perished in World War I: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin in 10 minutes or less. You can hear Imani Winds perform this piece as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's 2021-22 season on March 12.
  • Season 3 of Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less, a podcast co-presented by Public Radio Tulsa and Chamber Music Tulsa that features host Jason Heilman introducing six pieces of classical music in a convenient format, with works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Beethoven and Mozart.
  • Although he was famous throughout Vienna as a songwriter, Franz Schubert secretly yearned for something more. It was only in the decades after his death…
  • A century ago, as Europe was coping with both the aftermath of World War I and the influenza pandemic, concerts were pretty far from most people’s minds.…
  • To call pianist Lara Downes “busy” is an understatement. In just the past year, she’s released three albums, including one of my favorite new releases of…
  • Every now and then on my show, I like to explore some of the genres and ideas we take for granted in classical music. I’ve covered subjects from…