Wed October 13, 2010
A New Musical Ensemble Enters the Picture: Tulsa Camerata
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On our show today, we're talking about an exciting new chamber-music collective on our local scene --- Tulsa Camerata. Our guests are Jesus Villarreal and Jason Heilman, two of the four founding members of this musician-run ensemble. As noted on the ensemble's website (which is at tulsacamerata.org): "Tulsa Camerata [was formed] in the summer of 2010 to enrich the cultural life of [the Tulsa] community through chamber music concerts and educational programs. Tulsa is unique in the fact that it is home to an incredible number of talented, local musicians who have no independent chamber music group to help organize concerts and promote the art form to the general public. It is the vision of our founding members to present the great works of the chamber music repertoire to the broadest possible audience, to promote the works of modern composers and the music of our time, and to grow the audience for chamber music through educational outreach and innovative concert programs. Tulsa Camerata will be that missing link in our arts community." Indeed, this promising new collective will have its debut concert tomorrow night (Thursday the 14th) at 7pm in the Helmerich Theatre at Cascia Hall School in Tulsa. On the program are works by Michael Torke, Gustav Mahler, Samuel Barber, and Beethoven.