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January 22, 2019 @ 7:00 PM| Free
Anthony Stoops: Fantasia on “Red River Valley”
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite V Originally for Cello, BWV 1011
Multiple Composers (arr. Diana Gannett): Russian Suite for Double Bass and Piano
Giovanni Bottesini: Rossini Fantasia
MEET THE ARTIST
Diana Gannett is Professor Emerita of Double Bass leaving teaching at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2017. She has served as Chair and as Director of Graduate Studies for Strings at Michigan. Previous appointments include the faculties of Yale University School of Music and the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, the Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio and the University of Iowa where as the first woman President for the International Society of Bassists, she hosted the 1999 ISB convention.
Her studies with Eldon Obrecht, Stuart Sankey and Gary Karr culminated with a doctorate in musical arts, the first Yale doctorate awarded in double bass. She co-taught with Karr for many years at Hartt and Yale. Her students have been finalists and winners in solo and jazz competitions on the regional, national and international levels (ASTA, ISB, Klein, Sphinx, Young Artists) and members and principals of professional orchestras in the United States and abroad (Winnipeg, Israel, Jerusalem, Sao Paulo, New World, Houston).
As a chamber musician she has performed with the artists of the Guarneri, Emerson, Laurentian, Stradivari, Maia, Corigliano, Phoenix and Stanford Quartets and the Borodin Trio. Her solo appearances have included many contemporary premieres and solo improvisations as well as traditional repertoire. In recent years she performed and taught in Scotland, Taiwan, Poland and Brazil as well as Israel. Her solo CD Ladybass features a mix of genres. Newly released Duetti Dolci with bassist David Murray features opera duos on double bass. Another duo CD with Volkan Orhon, Old Wine in New Bottles and two solo CDs Come Away and Artemis in the Oak Grove have been recently released.
Instrument building has always been a passion. She worked with Carleen Hutchins of the Catgut Acoustical Society on several instruments. The original Catgut bass is a copy of a Carcassi with tuned plates. Diana owns this and has built her own copy of it. It’s original tuning of is for high C (C G D A) and she often performs in this tuning. Diana has commissioned basses from other innovative builders such as Jean Auray and Mario Lamarre. Current performances are on the Lamarre “Venus” bass.
Visit www.drgannett.com to learn more.