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Tuesday, March 3
Weisiger Theatre
7:30 PM
$15 / $28 / $39 tickets available


Monday, March 2

Racial Barriers to Performing and Touring Classical Music Lecture
Free | 7:30 p.m. | Weisiger Theatre

Tuesday, March 3

Classical Music and The African American Experience Panel Discussion
Free | 11:20 a.m. | Weisiger Theatre

Join the McGill/McHale Trio for an evening of inspired poetry and music. Demarre McGill, principal flutist for the Seattle Symphony, and younger brother Anthony McGill, principle clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, joined with Irish pianist Michael McHale in 2014, to form the McGill/McHale Trio.

The program’s focal work, Suite: Portraits of Langston, is based on selected poems by Langston Hughes, which will be recited before their corresponding movements by Centre College students. The six-movement suite combines poetry and music to marry classical and jazz sounds into the spirit of the 1920s Harlem.

Other works will include Chris Rogerson’s A Fish Will Rise, based on Norman Maclean’s best-selling book A River Runs Through It; Phillip Hammond’s The Lamentation of Owen O’Neil; and works by Schoenfield and Rachmaninov.

Join these international all-stars for a riveting two-day exploration of music, literature, and the human condition.

Free public workshops and discussions will examine themes of social justice, racial barriers, and the African American experience within the classical music industry.
Weisiger Theatre performances are sponsored by:
Additional support from:

Humana Visiting Professors Program, Grace Doherty Library and the Centre College Diversity Office

Considered one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestra musicians, Anthony McGill was named Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic in September 2014, having previously been Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal with the Cincinnati Symphony. A graduate of Curtis, the Chicago native gained international recognition in January of 2009 when he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and the John Jay Justice Award and serves on the faculties of Curtis, Juilliard, Peabody, Manhattan School of Music, and BARD.

Demarre McGill has served as principal flute of the Seattle, Dallas, and San Diego symphony orchestras, as well as acting principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. A graduate of Curtis and Juilliard, he is a winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. In addition to numerous education activities, he is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Art of Elan and a founding member of the Myriad Trio. The many chamber music festivals in which he has participated include Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, and South Africa’s Stellenbosch Chamber Music Festival.

Pianist Michael McHale was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now resides in London, England. Following studies at the University of Cambridge and Royal Academy of Music, Michael has gone on to become one of Ireland’s leading concert pianists. He has performed with many major ensembles including the Minnesota and Hallé Orchestras; the City of London Sinfonia; and the Moscow, Bournemouth, and Jacksonville Symphonies. In addition to solo recitals and festival appearances, he collaborates with Sir James Galway, Michael Collins, Barry Douglas, Dame Felicity Lott, and Camerata Pacifica, among others.

Steven Hoffman, Executive Director at the Norton Center for the Arts: 

“Following the spectacular experience with the American String Quartet and authors Phil Klay and Tom Sleigh, the McGill/McHale Trio presents an evening of works inspired by and including incredible poetry by the likes of Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. This is a show not to be missed!”