PCO, Bassist Join for Rare String Bass Concert

The Pasadena Community Orchestra and studio bassist Connie Deeter will present a rare string bass concert on Friday, March 17, at 8 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. They will play Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” and the delightful “Symphony #8,” plus Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite” and the Pichl “Concerto No. 1 for Bass.”
Deeter has performed on about 40 film and TV scores, performs with several Southern California symphonies, and is on the faculties of three local colleges. She will demonstrate her technical skills in the “Concerto No. 1 for Bass.” Bright and fresh music shows why the bass should be a featured soloist far more often.
The evening’s program features other revelations, including that Beethoven can be light and humorous. Beethoven’s power is also present in the “Egmont Overture.” Telling the story of a man who triumphed over oppressive forces against daunting odds, the overture vividly illustrates the oppressor’s power, the hero’s increasing confidence and defiance, and the celebratory splash of victory at the end.
Finally, although Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite” was written for gifted students, the dedicated volunteers in PCO place this work up with any mainstream literature, rendering a performance as strong and positive as the British spirit. Audience members may meet the soloist, the music director and other musicians at a reception following the concert. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.

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