Kalliope Reed Trio Performs Sequoia Trio by Jenni Brandon At Energize Lexington


Sequoia Trio Brandon

Kalliope Reed Trio performs the Sequoia Trio by Jenni Brandon at their benefit concert for Energize Lexington promoting local environmental activism. Kalliope Reed Trio will also perform several other nature-inspired works, including Adrienne Albert’s Menage a Trio, and more!

The concert is on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 4:30pm PDT in Lexington, Massachusetts. This is an in-person event taking place at the Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420 781-862-3805. The concert features free admission, and all donations will support Energize Lexington.

The Kalliope Reed Quintet, founded in 2019, is the first professional reed quintet in New England. As a contemporary chamber ensemble and one of the first 50 reed quintets worldwide, their mission is to expand and diversify the reed quintet repertoire and to further strengthen the role of contemporary chamber music in the 21st century by presenting unique, engaging, and educational programs to communities locally and worldwide.

Persevering through the many unexpected challenges of 2020, in the last year the Kalliope Reed Quintet has commissioned 14 new works for reed quintet, arranged 12 more, presented a 6 concert online summer series, founded the Kalliope Trio, and received funding to record their first album.

Sequoia Trio by Jenni Brandon:

Jenni had returned from a trip to Sequoia National Park in July of 2008 and was inspired by the great trees. She knew that these would be the basis for the new work, and in searching for a voice of these great trees Jenni turned to the words of John Muir for inspiration.

Each movement of The Sequoia Trio (oboe, clarinet, bassoon sheet music) takes a quote about Sequoia trees from John Muir’s book The Yosemite and uses it to inspire the music. The opening waving pattern creates the gentle breeze as the growth of the tree starts in the bassoon, moving through the clarinet and is carried all the way to the top of the tree through the oboe. Movement two is sassy and jazzy, describing the kind of resilient attitude that young trees must maintain in order to survive. “The Three Graces” plays on the idea of the three instruments in the ensemble and Muir’s own reference to Greek mythology. Finally, in “The Noble Trees” the instruments play a hymn-like tribute to the largest living things on earth. The two “Tree Interludes” represent the individual voice of a tree and its story.

This piece was written during my composer residency with the Vientos Trio during 2008-2009.

This work appears on two CDs:
Songs Of California: Music For Winds And Piano, released by Jenni Brandon and

From Earth & Sky: Music Of Jenni Brandon on the Blue Griffin Recording label

Sequoiadendron giganteum: The Big Tree
“Southward the giants become more and more irrepressibly jubilant, heaving their massive crowns into the sky from every ridge and slope, waving onward in graceful compliance with the complicated topography of the region.”

Tree Interlude One

“A crowd of hopeful young trees and saplings…”
“But here for every old storm-beaten giant there are many in their prime and for each of these a crowd of hopeful young trees and saplings, growing vigorously on moraines, rocky ledges, along water courses and meadows.”

The Three Graces
“Groups of two or three (sequoias) are often found standing close together…They are called “loving couples,” “three graces,” etc… By the time they are full-grown their trunks will touch and crowd against each other…”

Tree Interlude Two

The Noble Trees
“…the Big Trees (sequoia gigantean), the king of all the conifers in the world, ‘the noblest of the noble race.’”

Quotes taken from The Yosemite, 1912
by John Muir
Text is in the public domain.