WORLD-RENOWNED POULENC TRIO PERFORMS IN OAK RIDGE

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Poulenc Trio performs 7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. 

The Poulenc Trio is the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world. Since its founding in 2003, the trio has performed in 45 U.S. states and at music festivals around the world, including the Ravello Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico, and the White Nights Festival in Russia, where the group toured and premiered two new works with violinist Hilary Hahn.

The trio includes oboist James Austin Smith, bassoonist Bryan Young, and pianist Irina Kaplan.  The concert will feature the trio’s namesake, Francis Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano.  The trio will also perform music by Glinka, Rossini, Shostakovich, and more. A pre-concert lecture takes place 7 p.m.

James Austin Smith has been praised for his “virtuosic,” “dazzling" and "brilliant" performances (New York Times) and his “bold, keen sound” (The New Yorker). He is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Talea Ensemble and Cygnus as well as co-Artistic Director of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

Bryan Young, a Washington, DC native, has been praised for his "voluptuous sound" by the Double Reed Journal. A prizewinner of the 2002 Gillet International Bassoon Competition, he has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, as well as in recitals across the United States and around the world. Bryan is principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis.

Pianist Irina Kaplan is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. Winner of the Baltimore Chamber Music Award and the Montpelier Recital Competition, Irina has appeared in series including the Yale Gordon Concert Series, the Bachanalia Recital Series and the New York Times Young Performers Series. Concerts abroad in Russia, Italy, England, Germany and the Caribbean have led to critical praise of her "beauty and brilliance of sound, astonishing flexibility and penetrating interpretation".

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is a proud participant in the Penny4Arts program and offers free admission for students 18 & under to all Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Series performances.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for young adults (19-29 years old). Seating is limited for this performance and all tickets are general admission.

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents professional performances in the Oak Ridge community with its symphony, chorus, and chamber music series. Subscription and individual tickets may be purchased online at www.ORCMA.org or by calling 865-483-5569. 

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