Meyer solo at Rockport Opera House
Rockport — Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School will present a solo concert by Edgar Meyer, the internationally renowned double bass virtuoso, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Tickets are $25, available online at baychamberconcerts.org or by calling 236-2823.
After a remarkable summer of concerts, this is the first of Bay Chamber Concerts’ year-round series of groundbreaking performances. In demand as both a performer and a composer, 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 unchronicled history of his instrument, Meyer has unparalleled technique and musicianship, combined with a gift for composition, that has earned him the appreciation of a vast, varied audience. His distinction in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002.
The four-time Grammy Award winner debuted his newest composition, the Double Concerto for Double Bass and Violin, with Joshua Bell last year. The work premiered at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic; and at the Aspen Music Festival. Collaborations are a central part of Meyer’s work. His CD and DVD of original material written and recorded with Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) was released in 2008, following their extensive tours together. His previous performing and recording projects including a duo with Béla Fleck; a quartet with Bell, Sam Bush and Mike Marshall; a trio with Béla Fleck and Mike Marshall; and a trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor have been widely acclaimed. The latter trio collaborated for “Appalachia Waltz,” which was released in 1996, soared to the top of the charts and remained there for 16 weeks. The trio reconvened for “Appalachian Journey” in 2000, winning the Grammy that season.
Other collaborators have included Emanuel Ax, Hilary Hahn, Zakir Hussain, Emerson String Quartet, Leonard Slatkin and Seiji Ozawa. In Rockport, Meyer will perform a solo concert program that includes his much-acclaimed interpretation of Bach’s Suite No. 1, BMV 1007; and his new work for solo double bass. This concert is an unprecedented opportunity to hear one of the world’s biggest classical music names at the Rockport Opera House.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.