Trio Verlaine

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 7:30pm at Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre For The Arts



Lorna McGhee, Flute
Heidi Krutzen, Harp
David Harding, Viola

The members of Trio Verlaine are drawn together by friendship and a strong desire to further this unusual instrumental combination first dreamt of by Debussy. Each player has distinguished themselves in their respective fields (Heidi Krutzen – Principal Harp, Vancouver Opera, David Harding — Professor of Viola & Chamber Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Lorna McGhee – Principal Flute, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). Together they draw on a wealth of experience and imagination.

Trio Verlaine can be heard frequently on NPR radio in the States and CBC radio in Canada. In 2012, they performed a live recital for BBC Radio 3 as part of a retrospective on Debussy’s last sonatas. They have appeared together at many of North America’s finest chamber music festivals and series, including the Oregon Bach Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Music in the Vineyards, Sitka Summer Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains, Music in the Morning, Festival Vancouver, World Harp Congress. In addition to standard repertoire, Trio Verlaine’s exploration includes arrangements of works suited to this rare combination, and the commissioning of entirely new works by R. Murray Schafer and Jeffery Cotton.

Trio Verlaine has released their first CD, featuring Debussy’s masterpiece, the “Sonata for flute, viola and harp,” as well as a specially commissioned arrangement of Ravel’s “Tombeau de Couperin” by Jocelyn Morlock. The disc, released on the Skylark Music label, is entitled “ Fin de Siècle, the music of Debussy and Ravel.”