February 26th, 2013
This year the University of Nebraska-Omaha Department of Music presents a new concert series known as Petite Musique. The intent is to bridge a gap in Omahaâ€™s music scene.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/petite-web.mp3]
â€œThe idea is a sort of chamber series and solo performances series that lets people hear faculty members or professionals around the community play that they wouldnâ€™t ordinarily get a chance to see in performance.
That was double bassist Dani Meier, who performs on the â€œPetite Musiqueâ€ concert this Thursday. Meier plays with both the Omaha and Lincoln symphonies and also teaches double bass at Iowa Western Community College. Meier says as a solo instrument, the double bass faces unique challenges, especially when deciding what to play.
â€œFor one thing, we donâ€™t necessarily have the repertoire that other instruments do – which is why I and a lot of other bassists steal music on a regular basis. I donâ€™t mean steal from your local store, but just in general. The first thing Iâ€™m playing is the Second Suite from J. S. Bachâ€™s â€œSuites for Solo Cello,â€ and that is not written for the bass by any stretch of the imagination. But itâ€™s such beautiful music!â€
Sticking with the â€œcello music not played by celloâ€ theme, Meier will also perform Rossiniâ€™s â€œDuettoâ€ with an unexpected partner.
â€œOriginally itâ€™s double bass and cello, but I have a trombonist at my disposal, and Iâ€™m using him to play the cello part.â€
That trombonist is none other than the Omaha Symphonyâ€™s principal trombone, Patrick Pfister. Also on the program is Frank Protoâ€™s â€œCarmen Fantasy.â€ Even though it is based on music from Bizetâ€™s familiar opera, Meier says Protoâ€™s approach is fresh and unique.
â€œNot your typical â€˜Carmen Fantasy,â€™ primarily because he wrote it for double bass! Also thereâ€™s a lot of bluesy, jazz, even James Bond elements that you donâ€™t really expect to get out of Bizet.â€
Double Bassist Dani Meier and friends perform on the next â€œPetite Musiqueâ€ concert, Thursday, February 28, at 7 pm at UNOâ€™s Strauss Performing Arts Center.
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