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Edgar Meyer and the Scottish Ensemble

Friday, April 23, 2021 8:00PM

Edgar Meyer and the Scottish Ensemble

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Soka Performing Arts Center

The Scottish Ensemble
Edgar Meyer, bass

Co-presented by Soka Performing Arts Center
Eclectic Orange Series sponsored by Judith and Howard Jelinek

ELGAR: Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47
BACH: Gamba Sonata
EDGAR MEYER: Newly commissioned work
EDGAR MEYER: Concert Duo Mvt. 1
HOLST: St Paul’s Suite in C major No. 2, Op. 29
JOHN ADAMS: Shaker Loops

Five-time Grammy-winning bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, whose unparalleled technique and ingenuity in composition and performance has made him one of the most notable bassists in history, is joined by the Scottish Ensemble, in a program that features a new concerto by Meyer, along with standard classical pieces.

A MacArthur Award recipient and the only bassist to receive an Avery Fisher Prize, Edgar Meyer has carved out a remarkable and unique niche in the musical world, taking an instrument normally relegated to the back of the orchestra and realizing its full potential as a musical centerpiece. Through reimagined and original compositions, Meyer makes the bass the focal point of a piece and in his collaborations with other artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, and Chris Thile, he shows how versatile the instrument can be.

Hailed a constellation of exceptional musicians led by Artistic Director Jonathan Morton, the Scottish Ensemble promotes the rich diversity of the string repertoire, exploring adventurous ways through which it can be presented and shared, and seeks out thoughtful ways of connecting classical music to contemporary life.