Bassist Connie Deeter will join the Pasadena Community Orchestra (PCO) for a concert at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena on Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m. Deeter will perform in Concerto No. 1 for Bass, by Vaclav Pichl. Under Music Director Bethany Pflueger, the orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Symphony #8, plus Gustav Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite.
A graduate of the Julliard School in New York City, Deeter is a member of the Pacific and Redlands Symphonies and has played with the Pasadena, San Diego, Long Beach, and Santa Barbara symphonies. She has participated in about 40 movie and television scores, and she is on the faculties of Pomona College, Loyola Marymount University, and Glendale College.
The charming and accessible Concerto No. 1 for Bass invites the audience to explore the different facets of the double bass. Vaclav Pichl was a contemporary of Mozart. His piece is bright and fresh throughout, showing off the performer’s technical skills and giving the listener a new perspective on the sound and capabilities of the instrument.
Beethoven’s Egmont Overture illustrates a theme dear to Beethoven’s heart: the story of a man who triumphed over oppressive forces against daunting odds. The Overture samples the course of the story from its ominous opening through the hero’s increasing confidence and defiance, finishing with a celebratory splash of trumpets and the shimmering sound of the piccolo.
Holst composed the St. Paul’s Suite for the students at the girls’ school where he spent the last 30 years of his life teaching. But the dedicated volunteers in PCO place this work firmly in the mainstream literature: their performance renders it as strong and positive as the British spirit. You’ll be delighted by the opening jig and by the interplay of two folksongs (including “Greensleeves”) at the end of the piece.
An important offering of the concert is the opportunity to hear the humor in Beethoven’s Symphony #8. Beethoven referred to it as “my little symphony in F,” and it is his most delightful and humorous work. Enjoy the lighter side of Beethoven as you listen for woodwinds peeking out from behind crashing chords and to false downbeats that create an undanceable minuet.
Admission to this concert will be free (donations will be welcomed at the door), and no reservations are needed.
The First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., one block west of Michillinda Ave. Parking will be free and wheelchair accessible. Immediately following the concert, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the Music Director, the soloist, and the orchestra musicians at a reception.
For further information please contact PCO at 626.445.6708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Bass soloist Connie Deeter / courtesy of PCO
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