Bending genres and uplifting spirits, The Moanin’ Frogs saxophone sextet is redefining what chamber music can be. Rooted in the classical tradition and theater of the American Vaudeville show, The Moanin’ Frogs’ spirited arrangements, creative choreography, and technically precise performances of jazz, pop, and classical music delight fans across the world.
The first touring group of their instrumentation since the early 1930s, The Moanin’ Frogs demonstrate the full line of saxophones. This gives The Frogs a big, symphonic sound and the ability to perform both highlights from the Vaudeville repertoire and entire orchestral works with only six players. Their name, a contraction of the 1914 and 1916 hit titles, That Moanin’ Saxophone Rag and The Bull Frog Blues, also hints at their ability to hop convincingly between genres: they are at home as concerto soloists and burlesque show musicians, jazz improvisers and primo chamber ensemble players.
Committed to inspiring future generations of musicians, The Frogs recently entered into partnership with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, which kicked off at the 2015 Conn-Selmer Institute. Through this partnership, The Moanin’ Frogs give performances and interactive sessions with students nationwide.
The trio’s carefully-crafted thematic programs delivered in exuberant performance have appealed to diverse audiences around the country, with critics hailing the Gloriosa Piano Trio’s debut concerts in Palm Beach and New York City as “…a special, aesthetic experience not to be ignored” (Allen Rosenberg, the Daily News). All experienced chamber musicians with a passion for collaboration, pianist Yoonie Han, Steinway Artist, Asst. Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University; violinist Eric Silberger, Prize-winner at the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition; and cellist Kevin Bate, Principal Cellist of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, looked to the beauty of nature to inspire them with a name for their group, finding in the Gloriosa lily a fitting symbol to describe their fervent desire to share the music they love.
The trio has performed and taught at the Flagler Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Georgia Southwestern State University, New Jersey City University, Emory University, Shorter University, University of North Florida, Boulder Chamber Orchestra Music Series, Friday Musicale Concert Series, Pro-Musical Concert Series, Stamford Friend of Music, Fripp Island and St. Simons Island’s Friends of Music Concert Series. Being passionate about French repertoire, Gloriosa’s debut album of Saint-Saens’ Piano Trios was released on Centaur Records in 2019.
Following this performance, local students will participate in a post-concert discussion with the artists. All concertgoers are also invited to attend. This question-and-answer session will be held immediately after the performance.