Double bass takes center stage


The Itasca Symphony Orchestra (ISO) under the direction of Keith Swanson will perform its first concert of the season on Saturday, November 2, 7:30 pm at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.

The featured guest will be bassist Vincent Osborn performing Concerto for Double Bass in D major by Johann Baptist Vanhal. The double bass is usually not heard as a solo instrument. Its height, bulkiness and notes in the lower range do not compare with a violinist giving a flashy performance full of movement and trills. The concerto is a great opportunity to hear the versatility of the bass and witness the strength and power of its player.

Vincent Osborn received a Masters in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a BA in Behavioral Arts and Sciences and a BA in Music with concentrations in Literature and Performance from the College of St Scholastica. During his tenure with the US Air Force Band, he played for Vice President Dan Quayle, Ambassadors Shirley Temple Black and Walter Mondale, as well as the ambassadors to West Germany, Turkey, and Hungary.  He has recorded numerous CDs with the military bands and is principal bassist on the PDQ Bach recording “Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion,” a Grammy award winner. Osborn currently is the assistant principal bassist of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, principal bassist of the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and the Center for Early Music Orchestra at the College of St Scholastica, and performs with the Big Time Jazz Orchestra. 

The rest of the program will be dedicated to Russian composers: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin, Procession of the Sardar from Caucasian Sketches by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, and Capriccio EspañolbyNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Funded in part by the Blandin Foundation, the Itasca Symphony Orchestra is part of the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program whose mission is to provide opportunities to hear, learn and perform orchestral music for the youth and adults of Itasca County.

The concert is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.