UNT camps help scores of bass players perfect skills

Monday, June 11, 2012

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Double bass players might perform from the back of the orchestra on a usual gig. But this summer at the University of North Texas, players of the large, low-pitched string instrument will once again take center stage in a series of bass camps.

About 80 students from Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas and as far away as Brazil and Costa Rica will perfect their technique in three double bass workshops this summer at UNT:

  • 12th Annual Beginners and Intermediate Bass Camp June 13-15, 
  • 25th Annual Bradetich Double Bass Masterclass June 11-15 and
  • 12th Annual Lynn Seaton Jazz Double Bass Workshop June 11-15.

Campers range from elementary school students to high school and university students -- and even adults who want to brush up on their skills.

 "The camps emphasize strong technical training, the opportunity to perform solos and study orchestral music and the unique opportunity to perform together in chamber music -- something that is not always available to bass players," said Jeff Bradetich, Regents Professor of music at UNT. "The final concert of the camps at 7:30 p.m. June 15 (Friday) in the Murchison Performing Arts Center features all participating students performing in small ensembles -- usually quartets -- and then a few pieces with all 80 bass players performing together on stage at the same time. It is our usual ending to the concert and a sight to behold."

This year, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bradetich Double Bass Masterclass, Bradetich will perform a concert of works by Brahms, Bach and Bloch at 7:30 p.m. June 13 in Voertman Hall in the Music Building. A bass quartet of other camp faculty members also will perform works by Handel and Schubert at the June 13 concert. The bass camp faculty include: Gudrun Raschen, Jack Unzicker, Jessica Gilliam-Valls and Carlos Gaviria. Pianist is Janice Fehlauer.

Camp faculty members will also perform a number of solo and ensemble works for the bass at a June 14 concert. See below for more program information.

7:30 p.m. June 13 (Wednesday)

Bass Camps: Faculty Recital
Jeff Bradetich, double bass
Gudrun Raschen, Jessica Gilliam-Valls, Jack Unzicker and Carlos Gaviria, double bass
Janice Fehlauer, piano
Brahms: Cello Sonata in F Major
Bach: Cello Suite No. 4
Bloch: Schelomo
Handel: Sonata in G minor for two basses and piano
Schubert: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano
Voertman Hall, Music Building, southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street

7:30 p.m. June 14 (Thursday)

UNT Bass Camps Faculty Concert
Gudrun Raschen, Jack Unzicker, Jessica Gilliam-Valls and Carlos Gaviria, double bass
Scott Joplin: Entertainer arranged for bass quartet
David Anderson: Four Short Pieces
Piazzolla: Contrabajeando
Copland: Rodeo arranged for bass quartet
Piazzolla: Oblivion arranged for bass trio
Faculty Improv -- "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Blue Bossa," "Joy Spring"
Recital Hall, Music Building

7:30 p.m. June 15 (Friday)

UNT Summer Camps: Bass Bash Ensembles from the Bass Camp
Jeffrey Bradetich, director
Ensembles from the Jazz Bass Camp
Lynn Seaton, director
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center, north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard

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