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Edgar Meyer In Concert

Posted Sept. 19, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:46 p.m.
Edgar Meyer, double bass
Edgar Meyer, double bass

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Union Hall, 24 Central St., Rockport, Maine

For more information: Monica Kelly; 2072362823; baychamberconcerts.org

An innovative composer and vibrant performer, Edgar Meyer has been called “quite simply, the best bassist alive.” You can see him up close and personal this Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm at the Union Hall, 24 Central St. in Rockport village. In demand as both a performer and a composer, Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. Hailed by the New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument,” Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship, in combination with his gift for composition, have brought him to the fore where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. Meyer began studying bass at the age of five under the instruction of his father and continued further to study with Stuart Sankey. In 1994 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2000 became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. That same year, he won the Grammy Award (Best Classical Crossover Album) for Appalachian Journey, his collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor and the follow-up to their chart-topping Appalachia Waltz.

His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002. Meyer has composed pieces for violinist Hilary Hahn, the Emerson String Quartet, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, among others. Currently, Meyer is Visiting Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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