The sonorous tones of a Colorado Symphony double bass quartet are coming to the Salida Steamplant with an expansive selection ranging from the baroque period to contemporary.
The quartet will perform at the Salida SteamPlant at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 23 through the ongoing partnership between KHEN 106.9 FM Community Radio’s Symphonic Salida project, and the Colorado Symphony.
“The power and creativity of this bass quartet is not to be missed,” said Scott Adams, who heads the Symphonic Salida steering team. “This will be a remarkable performance.”
‘Bach, Bass and Beyond,” features four Colorado Symphony bassists: Susan Cahill, Jeremy Kincaid, Steve Metcalf and Nicholas Recuber.
The double bass, also known as a standup bass, is the largest stringed instrument in the symphony played with a bow. Its low pitch provides rich, resonant tones unique to the instrument.
The ensemble will begin with Rondeau from The Moor’s Revenge, a baroque-period selection from English composer Henry Purcell. Following that, the quartet will perform baroque pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel, as well as a romantic score by Giovanni Bottesini.
After intermission, the quartet will move toward modern composers with selections from Dave Anderson, Joseph Lauber, Francois Rabbath and Klaus Trumpf.
“We’re so fortunate to be in our fifth season with the Colorado Symphony,” Adams said. “Salida is still the only city beyond the Front Range to host regular visits by the Colorado Symphony.”
As part of Symphonic Salida’s educational mission, the quintet will also play for students at Salida High School the afternoon before the SteamPlant performance.
“Bach, Bass and Beyond” is the third concert of Symphonic Salida’s 2016/2017 season.