Fort Pierce, FL – The Atlantic Classical Orchestra will present its final concert of the season on Thursday, March 29 at the Waxlax Center for the performing Arts in Vero Beach and Friday, March 30 at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart. This final concert features ACO’s principal bassist, Luis Gomez -Imbert performing Serge Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto. Other highlights of the performance include Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Jacques Ibert’s fun Divertissement.
In speaking about Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto, Luis commented that,” It is a very passionate and difficult composition for the double bass. I learned this work directly from the great Gary Karr who was a protégé of double bass virtuoso and conductor Serge Koussevitzky.
Koussevitzky was the conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, from 1924- 1949. He oversaw the golden era of the Symphony and was an architect of its reputation into that of a leading American orchestra.
Atlantic Classical Orchestra Principal Bassist Luis Gomez-Imbert enjoys a multi-faceted career as performer and pedagogue. Raised in the rich Venezuelan musical tradition, Gomez graduated Summa Cum Laude from Chicago’s Northwestern University in 1988. Under the guidance of Jeff Bradetich and Warren Benfield he decided to study the double bass and has been fortunate to study with great artists such as Jeff Bradetich, Gary Karr, Bertram Turetzky, Frantisek Posta, David Walter and Edgar Meyer. As a result of his work with the famous double bass soloist, Gary Karr, Luis was featured in ABC Good Morning America’s documentary broadcast of Gary Karr playing alongside Mr. Karr.
His recordings include CDs with the Lyric label and also with OO record label. In 1992, The Contemporary Record Society selected his cd as New Recording of the Year. one of these recordings. Eminent musicians George Crumb, Milton Babbitt and Yo-Yo Ma among others were the review panel for this award.
Gomez-Imbert joined the music faculty of Florida International University in the fall of 1994 as Professor of Double Bass Studies and Director of the FIU New Music Ensemble.
One of the hallmark pieces performed for this final concert is Aaron Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring. This orchestral milestone work features the American Shaker tune “Simple Gifts.” The piece is described by the composer as “a pioneer celebration in spring around a newly-built farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early part of the last century. The bride-to-be and the young farmer-husband enact the emotions, joyful and apprehensive, their new domestic partnership invites. An older neighbor suggests now and then the rocky confidence of experience. A revivalist and his followers remind the new householders of the strange and terrible aspects of human fate. At the end the couple are left quiet and strong in their new house.”
The concert also includes Rossini’s Overture to Il Signor Bruschino and Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.
The Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s 4th and final concert of the 2012 Season Concert will be presented Thursday, March 29 at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts (1895 Saint Edwards Drive, Vero Beach), and Friday, March 30, 4PM and 8PM at the Lyric Theatre (59 SW Flagler Ave), in Stuart. Tickets for the Vero Beach performance can be purchased by calling 772-460-0850 or online at www.acomusic.org . Stuart tickets can be ordered by calling 772-286-7827 or ordering online at www.lyrictheatre.com. Tickets to the 4pm performance are $55 and $60 for the 8PM.
Concert attendees are encouraged to arrive 50 minutes early to listen to the pre-concert discussion by Maestro Stewart Robertson.
The 2012 Vero Beach Concert Series is sponsored by Wilmington Trust. The 2012 Stuart Twilight (8 pm) Season is sponsored by Price Wealth Management/UBS Financial Services. The 4PM Stuart concert is sponsored by the Stuart Friends of the ACO.
ABOUT THE ATLANTIC CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA
Originally founded by Vero Beach resident and conductor Andrew “Andy” McMullan and a group of supporters in 1991, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra (ACO) has become a world-class performing arts organization and is considered “one of the brightest gems on the Treasure Coast” of Florida. The musicians in this vibrant and exciting ensemble come from some of the world’s top music institutions. The ACO is now under the artistic leadership of Grammy-nominated Maestro Stewart Robertson bringing decades of artistic leadership of world-renown organizations including Glimmerglass Opera, Royal Scottish National Opera, the Florida Grand Opera and orchestras such as BBC Scottish Symphony, Netherlands Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and many more.