121 Poulenc Trio

James Austin Smith, oboe; Bryan Young, bassoon; Irina Kaplan Lande, piano

October 4, 2018 | 1.30 pm | Walter Hall, U of T

The Poulenc Trio is the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world. Since its founding 15 years ago, the trio has performed in 45 U.S. states and at music festivals around the world, from Italy, to Mexico, and Russia. The Trio has a strong commitment to commissioning, performing and recording new works from living composers, and has greatly expanded the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano. The Trio has garnered high praise for its technique and expressive range and is recognised for intriguing programming and sheer beauty of playing.


Alfred Schnittke – Suite in the Old Style
Viet Cuong – Trains of Thought
Dmitri Shostakovich – Romance, op.97a – A Spin Through Moscow

Mikhail Glinka – Trio pathétique
Francis Poulenc – Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano
André Previn – Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano – iii. Jaunty

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Read Biographical and Programme notes by the Poulenc Trio

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Tuning Your Mind | 12.15 pm | Walter Hall | Pre-Concert Lecture

Robert Harris speaks about his new books The Stratford Lectures: Ten Perspectives about Music (Stratford Summer Music, 2018) and Song of a Nation (McClelland and Stewart, to be published on October 2nd, 2018).

Robert Harris is a long-time music journalist, writer, teacher, and broadcaster who lives in Toronto. He was the host and producer of I Hear Music, a weekly show on CBC Radio 2, and he created Twenty Pieces of Music That Changed the World for CBC’s The Sunday Edition. He is the author of three books on music and was also, most recently, the classical music critic for the Globe and Mail. Copies of The Stratford Lectures will be available for sale in the Walter Hall lobby.

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