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Britt Orchestra: Appalachian Spring & Edgar Meyer

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Britt Orchestra: Appalachian Spring & Edgar Meyer

BRITT MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

SAT, AUG 4, 2018, 7:30 PM
Britt Pavilion
350 S 1st St

Jacksonville OR 97530

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Program: Edgar Meyer, double bass
Edgar Meyer: New Piece for Orchestra
Edgar Meyer: Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in E • Edgar Meyer, double bass
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring: Suite

In demand as both a performer and a composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument,” Mr. Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002. 

As a solo classical bassist, Mr. Meyer can be heard on a concerto album with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff, featuring Bottesini’s Gran Duo with Joshua Bell, Meyer’s own Double Concerto for Bass and Cello with Yo-Yo Ma, Bottesini’s Bass Concerto No. 2, and Meyer’s own Concerto in D for Bass. He has also recorded an album featuring three of Bach’s Unaccompanied Suites for Cello. In 2006, he released a self-titled solo recording on which he wrote and recorded all of the music, incorporating piano, guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, gamba, and double bass. In 2007, recognizing his wide-ranging recording achievements, Sony/BMG released a compilation of The Best of Edgar Meyer. In 2011 Mr. Meyer joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and fiddler Stuart Duncan for the Sony Masterworks recording The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which was awarded the 2012 Grammy® Award for Best Folk Album.