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Globe-trotting trio brings diverse, lively program to Athens

The Poulenc Trio performs on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall. (Submitted photo)

Every classical music fan knows there are plenty of pieces that are brooding and gloomy. Then there’s the jocular program to be presented by the Poulenc Trio on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall.

The Poulenc Trio, which includes oboe, bassoon and piano, is the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world. Since its formation 20 years ago, the group has performed in 45 U.S. states and at music festivals around the globe. Their appearance in Athens will include arrangements of songs by Duke Ellington and the group’s namesake, French composer Francis Poulenc.

Also on the program are entertaining works by two American composers, André Previn and Viet Cuong. Previn (1929-2019) was an Oscar-winning film composer, celebrated conductor and jazz pianist whose music bounces with rhythmic invention. Cuong (b. 1990) has had his works performed at the Aspen Music Festival, International Double Reed Society Conference and the Bowdoin Music Festival. His “Explain Yourself!” pays homage to Poulenc’s joyous works.

The Poulenc Trio has a strong commitment to commissioning, performing and recording new works from living composers. Since its founding, the trio has greatly expanded the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano, with no fewer than 22 new works written for and premiered by the group, including three triple concertos for the trio and full orchestra.

The Poulenc 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, the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Hermitage State Museum in Russia.

Join attendees for a free pre-performance talk by Theresa Chafin in Ramsey Concert Hall from 6:45-7:10 p.m.

Three ways to get tickets

  1. Purchase tickets online at
  2. Call the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Visit the UGA Performing Arts Center box office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (five-minute parking is available in the drop off circle at the Performing Arts Center for purchasing or picking up tickets.)

Single tickets begin at $25, and UGA student tickets are just $10. Parking is free.

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