If you asked me, a cellist, in January what I knew about the bassoon, my knowledge would be pretty limited: my cousin plays it in his high school band, it’s one of those pesky double reed instruments, Mozart wrote a concerto for it, and Stravinsky chose it for the famous opening of Rite of Spring.
After living with the bassoon section of Sarasota Opera for a month, I’ve heard more than enough to make up for my prior ignorance. Not only are the bassoonists I’ve encountered delightful people, but they also have a fascinating instrument. I thought I would take the chance to share a few things I’ve learned.
March 8, 9, 13 Baroque Band
Celebrate Italian violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli in “La Dolce Vita”. 2013 is the 300th year since the composer’s death. Featuring works by Corelli, Locatelli, and Geminiani. Locations vary by date, Tickets $35 adults/$15 students.
Feb. 25, Chicago Chamber Musicians
Joined by renowned Finnish conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Chamber Musicians play a concert of Ravel & Stravinsky. Don’t miss the pre-concert discussion with Salonen. At Venue Six10 at the Spertus Institute, Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., $35 Tickets
If you’re looking for a sampling of everything chamber music has to offer – from instrumentation to genre – The Chicago Ensemble is a group not to be missed. With a commitment to American composers of today and dedication to proven works of the past, The Chicago Ensemble has strived to bring variety to their audiences for over 30 years. We talked to Gerald Rizzer, artistic director, about the upcoming “Exhilaration & More” concert on February 24 and 26.