Trio Tulsa captivated audience members with its performance last Tuesday at the Lorton Performance Center. Performing in the Gussman Concert Hall, they set the right atmosphere to perfectly execute a variety of pieces. Not only did they perform beautifully and harmoniously but they also seemed to tell a story with their music, giving life to every note and melody.
A Piano Trio is a group of instruments made up of a piano and two stringed instruments, usually a violin and a cello. It is often found in classical chamber music, a genre of music that Trio Tulsa performs very well. They are able to go beyond that, though, by adding a modernized layer that makes their music feel timeless. Their melodies flowed flawlessly from one piece to the next, and they played with an eloquent calmness that kept the audience mesmerized throughout the entire performance.
Trio Tulsa received a standing ovation, and everyone left with a smile on their face. “I really enjoyed their performance,” said student Abbie Cassody. “They played beautifully, and I felt I could get lost in their music.”
Trio Tulsa was originally established by TU Professors Ana Norberg, Derry Deane, and Kari Caldwell, member Maureen O’Boyle explained. Formed as the chamber ensemble in residence at TU, its purpose was to provide professional chamber music to the TU campus and perform both regionally and national. As the original professors retired from the University, the ensemble’s roles were passed on to its current members: O’Boyle, violin, Diane Bucchianeri, cello and Roger Price, Piano.
Today, Tulsa Trio continues to combine expertise with a love of music that resonates throughout every performance. All members have expertly trained backgrounds that stem from a keen interest in music and performing.
“My favorite part of performing would have to be the musical ideas and direction that occur only when one is performing for an audience,” O’Boyle explained. “Sometimes I find myself shaping the sound in a way that I had not yet imagined during rehearsals and practicing. Every performance is different!”