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The Heliand Trio Performed Wildflowers From Jenni Brandon’s Wildflower Trio in Three Separate Vermont Appearances

July 22, 2022 - July 24, 2022

wildflower trioThe Heliand Ensemble performed “Wildflowers” from Jenni Brandon’s Wildflower Trio in three separate Vermont appearances. They were:

July 22 at 7 pm
York Street Meeting House
Lyndon, VT

presented by Upright Steeple Society

July 23 at 3 pm
Artistree Community Arts Center
South Pomfret, VT

presented by Artistree

July 24 at 4 pm
Rochester Federated Church
Rochester, VT

presented by Rochester Chamber Music Society

The Heliand Ensemble presented an exciting mélange of classical music and new works including trios of Franz Josef Haydn, Clémence de Grandval, Jenni Brandon, Padma Newsome, and Chick Corea. The Ensemble was excited to give the World Premiere performance of “Nuts” (2022) by composer Molly Leach. They welcomed back Thomas Kozumplik, virtuoso percussionist, who was last featured with Heliand in 2019 for their Nico Muhly project.


Heliand Ensemble

Cynthia Huard, piano

Rachael Elliot, bassoon

Katie Oprea, oboe

Berta Frank, flute

Thomas Kozumplik, percussionist 

Piano Trio in F major, Hob. XV:39

o Allegro

o Andante

o Allegro

Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809)

arr. Katie Oprea

Trio de Salon Clémence de Grandval (1828-1907)
Children’s Song

Nos. 1, 2, 5, 7

Chick Corea (1941-2021)

arr. Katie Oprea

TāReKiṬa Reena Esmail (1983)
Get It! Gene Koshinski (b. 1980)
Now is the Cool of the Day Jean Ritchie (1922-2015)

arr. Moira Smiley

Wildflowers from ‘The Wildflower Trio Jenni Brandon (b. 1977)

o Winnebago Moccasin Game

o Carmela

o Inca Melody

o Clinch Mountain

o Héla Grandpere

o Gardé Piti Mulet Là

William Grant Still (1895-1978)
Nuts! (World Premiere)

o Squirrels and Birds

o Frogs, Slugs, Snakes, and Snails

o Nuts!

Molly Leach (b. 2000)
To Bastion Point

In The Ocean

Bed and Rest

Padma Newsome (b. 1961)



For availability, booking, and general inquiries: Heliand Ensemble: c/o Katie Oprea, PO Box 15, Bakersfield, VT 05441, heliandconsort@gmail.com, (802) 393-4585

The Wildflower Trio, for oboe, bassoon, and piano, was commissioned in 2004 by the College of Fine Arts of the University of Texas at Austin to honor and celebrate the life and environmental work of Lady Bird Johnson. The inspiration for the piece came from a poetry book written by one of Mrs. Johnson’s friends, Bette Woolsey Castro. Her book, The Wildflower, was inspired by the opening of Lady Bird’s Wildflower Research Center in Austin, Texas, and contains a collection of poems about wildflowers and nature.

The five movements of The Wildflower Trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano (oboe, bassoon, piano sheet music) are based on the imagery from several of these poems. The beautiful combination of the oboe, bassoon, and piano lend themselves to creating distinct colors and sounds that represent the wildflowers, hummingbirds, and summer afternoons in quiet gardens.

I had the honor and privilege of composing this piece for two fine musicians to premiere. Rebecca Henderson-oboe, and Kristin Wolfe Jensen-bassoon, have performed this piece around the world with a variety of pianists, including at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Melbourne, Australia in June 2004 as well as for Mrs. Johnson at her Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Wildflower Trio, by Jenni Brandon is available on Jenni’s website at The Wildflower Trio – oboe, bassoon, piano sheet music (jennibrandon.com)