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This week on Classical Tulsa, we’ll give the radio premiere of a new composition by Tulsa Opera Artistic Director Tobias Picker. Tobias has composed six operas to date, but this new piece represents his return to symphonic music – with an operatic twist. 

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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Following in the footsteps of his idol, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the next important composer of chamber music for the clarinet was Ludwig van Beethoven. His first major contribution was an especially tuneful trio: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ludwig van Beethoven's "Gassenhauer" Trio, as part of  Chamber Music Tulsa's 2020-21 streaming season.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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We all have to start somewhere, but when Ludwig van Beethoven chose three piano trios to be his first published opus, his erstwhile teacher Joseph Haydn didn't think they were ready. Needless to say, sparks flew: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ludwig van Beethoven’s three Opus 1 piano trios, just in time for  Chamber Music Tulsa's 2020-21 streaming season.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less: Season 2

Sep 10, 2020
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Chamber Music Tulsa and Public Radio Tulsa present Season 2 of Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less, with six new podcasts from musicologist and 

Classical Tulsa

This fall, you’ll have the chance to learn even more about some of the greatest works of classical music, as our Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less podcast returns for its second season. Starting next week, you can my hear bite-sized audio introductions to six of the pieces on Chamber Music Tulsa’s streaming and live 2020-21 season, complete with a quick historical background and highlights from the musical themes. 

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For classical music lovers, fall means the beginning of a new season and the promise of an exciting mix of new discoveries and familiar favorites. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed most of Tulsa’s concerts, but the Tulsa Symphony has just announced a plan to kick off their 2020-21 season in a responsible way.

As you may have heard, 2020 marks an important anniversary in the classical music world: the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. Naturally, Beethoven’s music is getting plenty of exposure, both on Classical 88.7 and in live concerts (whenever those resume). 

Every now and then, I still encounter music lovers who aren’t familiar with the vast and diverse repertoire of classical music by Black American composers.

I can’t really blame them; it’s easy to get the impression that this is a strictly European tradition from some ... less imaginative concert programs, albums, and yes, even radio shows. It can take a lot of effort to expand your own horizons – especially when your familiar favorites are so comforting.

I’ve never considered classical music to be a harmless diversion, detached from the real world. On the contrary: I’ve always loved this music precisely for its ability to speak to the human condition and give meaningful emotional expression to even our darkest hours.

This is all to say that this Friday’s Classical Tulsa could have been just another hour of nice music. But after recent events, I thought I needed to do better.

With Memorial Day this weekend, and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe earlier this month, I wanted to spotlight some American music from the war years on this week’s Classical Tulsa.

For nearly a month, the Public Radio Tulsa studios have been closed to everyone but the news team. This means that many of the local shows on 88.7 and 89.5 have been in reruns for the past few weeks. My own show, Classical Tulsa, was in that same boat – until now, that is: I’ve just finished setting up a home studio, so I can record new episodes while I shelter in place!

For nearly a month, the Public Radio Tulsa studios have been closed to everyone but the news team. This means that many of the local shows on 88.7 and 89.5 have been in reruns for the past few weeks. My own show, Classical Tulsa, was in that same boat – until now, that is: I’ve just finished setting up a home studio, so I can record new episodes while I shelter in place!

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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It was his musical shot across his teacher’s bow: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.18, No. 1. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Daedalus Quartet live at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center February 2nd.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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It took him 20 years to compose his First String Quartet, but just a few weeks to write his last: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Johannes Brahms's String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Harlem Quartet at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center November 10th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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In order to escape the influence of Germany, he looked east – much farther east: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Claude Debussy's String Quartet. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Harlem Quartet at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center November 10th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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Sometimes you just need a little more time to get a better perspective on the thing you're working on: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Johannes Brahms's Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 87. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Lysander Trio at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center October 13th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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Charming and genteel may not be the first words to come to mind when you think of Beethoven, but they are in this case: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 2. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Lysander Trio at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center October 13th.

Our guest on ST is the widely acclaimed mandolinist and composer, Jeff Midkiff. He will soon perform his "Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra: From the Blue Ridge" with the Signature Symphony at TCC. The concert happens on Saturday night, the 28th, at the TCC Van Trease PACE (at 10300 E. 81st Street in Tulsa). It begins at 7:30pm; ticket information is posted here. The evening will also feature Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony as well as the Overture from "Ruslan and Lyudmila" (the opera by Mikhail Glinka).

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less: Season 1

Sep 11, 2019
Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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Chamber Music Tulsa and Public Radio Tulsa present Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less Season 1, six new podcasts from musicologist and Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman.

This summer I am dedicating the show to composers you don’t get to hear often, and I am calling is a "Festival of Overlooked Composers" on Classical Tulsa. The series began on June 7 with the Baroque era and moves forward each week, culminating on July 5 with some of my favorite overlooked American composers.

Who are the artists? Of course, there are several women among history’s most overlooked composers

Signature Symphony Conductor to Step Down in 2020

Jun 10, 2019
Conductor Andrés Franco leading the Signature Symphony at TCC
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Tulsa's Signature Symphony has announced that music director Andrés Franco will step down at the end of their upcoming 2019-20 season. The orchestra, which is affiliated with Tulsa Community College, expects to launch a search for a new music director quickly, with candidates leading concerts as early as the 2020-21 season.

 

Our guest on StudioTulsa is the Music Director for the Signature Symphony at TCC, Andrés Franco, who also serves as the Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. As the Signature Symphony continues to celebrate its 40th-anniversary season, Franco joins us to promote this organization's next concert. That concert -- titled "Bach & Sons, Inc." -- will happen on Saturday the 26th at the VanTrease PACE, beginning at 7:30pm, and it will feature works by C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, and P.D.Q. Bach.

A “Letter from the General Manager” at the beginning of a new year is like the “Happy Holidays from Our Family!” letter you get from your third-favorite cousin (and just about as exciting): Heavy on the good stuff that happened to ME, light on the good stuff that happened to US.  Let’s change that, starting with…

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we're discussing a special presentation of George Frideric Handel's Messiah. The beloved Baroque-era masterwork -- a timeless holiday favorite -- will be presented this coming Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th, at Saint John's Church in Tulsa (at 4200 South Atlanta Place). Our guests are the special visiting conductor for this concert, Timothy Brown, and the organist and choirmaster at Saint John's, Joseph Arndt.

As the summer draws to a close, things are heating up on Classical Tulsa: We open August with a pair of vacation-themed shows, featuring classical music about travel (Aug. 3) and exotic destinations (Aug. 10). Then we launch into the 2018-19 concert season with three weeks of highlights from your favorite local music organizations, focusing on the Tulsa Opera and Tulsa Ballet(Aug. 17), Chamber Music Tulsa and Tulsa Camerata (Aug. 24) and the Tulsa Symphony and Signature Symphony (Aug.

Classical Tulsa with Jason Heilman
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In addition to the weekly show, you can also enjoy the Classical Tulsa Podcast. It spotlights upcoming local concert performances through extended interviews with the music-makers themselves. Hosted by Jason Heilman.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

Episode One: An Interview with Violinist Rossitza Goza

Episode Two: An Interview with Composer Noam Faingold

Episode Three: Sitting Down with Ryan & Ryan

Classical Tulsa Podcast: Sitting Down with Ryan & Ryan

Jun 22, 2018
Pianists Barron Ryan and Donald Ryan
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On this Classical Tulsa podcast, host Jason Heilman sits down with pianists Donald Ryan and Barron Ryan, who perform together as the father-and-son duo of Ryan & Ryan. With a wide-ranging repertoire encompassing classical, jazz, film music, and more, they've thrilled audiences in Tulsa and beyond with their virtuosic displays of piano pyrotechnics.  In this interview, the Ryans describe

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
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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.

Live and Local on KWTU: A Note About the Music

Apr 5, 2018

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who supported our Spring Fund Drive on KWTU last month. For me, it was more than just a wonderful opportunity to make the case for supporting Public Radio Tulsa; it was also a chance to play some of my favorite recordings for you on Classical 88.7.

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