The orchestra is playing Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov this week. Since the work only calls for 4 bassists and I am not one of them I can without reservation pronounce it a masterpiece. As is often the case when I have a week off, I came down with a nasty case of bronchitis, as if to serve me right.
Anyone interested in hearing my cough ravaged voice and orchestra ravaged bass playing can go to Jason Heath’s blog and check the current edition of his Contrabass Conversations podcast where he was gracious enough to interview The Chicago Bass Ensemble in advance of our concert next week. Fair warning to non-bassists; there is a little bit of a ‘bass geek’ quotient to this. The music clips are after the interview.
Info about the CBE concert can be found here.
7:30 Ars Viva (Beethoven, Barber, Corigliano)
10:30, 11:30 In-school concerts
10:30, 12:30, 1:30 In-school concerts
3:30 CBE rehearsal