Live on Classical Tulsa: The Catalyst Quartet

May 11, 2018

The Catalyst Quartet: violinists Karla Donehew Perez and Jessie Montgomery, cellist Karlos Rodriguez and violist Paul Laraia
Credit Frank Christel

This week, the Catalyst Quartet was in town to perform for all of the fourth graders in the Tulsa Public Schools as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's contribution to the Any Given Child program. While they were in town, the Quartet stopped by the Meinig Recital Hall on the University of Tulsa campus to to play a couple of pieces for this week's episode of Classical Tulsa and to chat with host Jason Heilman.

Founded by the Sphinx Organization, the Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary works. Fully committed to reimagining and redefining the classical music experience, the Quartet's repertoire ranges from traditional masterworks to Latin American classics to brand-new compositions. Their debut album pairs a unique transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations with Glenn Gould's String Quartet, Op. 1 – the only published work by the eccentric piano virtuoso.

On this week's show, the Catalyst Quartet will perform the Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations plus Strum, a recent composition by Quartet violinist Jessie Montgomery. Later in the hour, Jason will also be joined in the studio by Tulsa pianist Barron Ryan, who will preview his performance with the Tulsa Symphony this Saturday evening. Tune in Friday at noon on Classical 88.7 HD1.