EMMA Concert Association presented The Poulenc Trio, the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world this last Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. The Poulenc Trio has, since its founding, exhibited a strong commitment to commissioning, performing and recording new works from living composers, greatly expanding the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano , with 20 new works written for and premiered by the group. The Trio is also dedicated to exploring and promoting musics that reflect its members’ African, Pan-American, Eastern European and Jewish roots.
In 2004, the Trio launched a pioneering concert series called Music at the Museum, in which musical performances are paired with museum exhibitions, with special appearances from guest artists and curators. As part of the series, the Trio has collaborated with the National Gallery in Washington DC, the Walters Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art and the Hermitage State Museum in Russia. Guest artist collaborators have included violinist Hilary Hahn, the Thibaud Trio of Berlin, soprano Hyunah Yu, and clarinetists Alexander Fiterstein and Anthony McGill.
In a recent review, the New York Times praised the Trio for its “elegant rendition” of Piazolla’s Tangos. The Washington Post said the trio “does its namesake proud” in “an intriguing and beautifully played program” with “convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace.” A recent performance in Florida prompted the Palm Beach Post to praise the group’s “polished loveliness” and the Palm Beach Daily News to say that the “potent combination” of oboe, bassoon, and piano had “captured the magic of chamber music.”