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TLI ConcertBALLIETT, BALCH, FRANÇAIX & BARTÓK

TLI Concert
BALLIETT, BALCH, FRANÇAIX & BARTÓK

Tanglewood

Linde Center - Lenox, MA View Map

Eric Finbarr Carey, tenor
Charles Overton, harp
Carl Anderson, Benjamin Levy, Dennis Roy, Todd Seeber, John Stovall, Thomas Van Dyck & Lawrence Wolfe, double bass
Doug BALLIETT Beast Fight
Katherine BALCH Kalesa Ed Kaluca for seven double basses
FRANÇAIX Duo Baroque
BARTÓK Duos for two violins (selections, for double basses)

Featured Performers

Benjamin Levy, bass
Benjamin Levy, bass View biography in full page >

Boston Symphony Orchestra double bassist Benjamin Levy was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1980 and grew up in Pennsylvania and Colorado. While in high school he studied with David Potter, and spent two summers studying with Stuart Sankey at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Levy has had chamber music collaborations with soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Hawthorne String Quartet, New England Conservatory's First Monday Series, Boston Musica Viva, and Collage New Music. In 2002, while a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Levy was the recipient of the Maurice Schwartz Prize and was reviewed in The New York Times for his performance of Jacob Druckman's Valentine for solo double bass. A graduate of New England Conservatory and winner of the George Whitefield Chadwick Medal, Mr. Levy joined the bass section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2003 Tanglewood season and was appointed 3rd chair of the orchestra's bass section at the start of the 2007-2008 season. Mr. Levy is also on the board of directors of Music For Autism, a non-profit organization committed to raising public awareness and improving the quality of life of individuals with autism and their families through music. In 2004 Mr. Levy joined the faculty of The Boston Conservatory, where he is currently the head of the school's double-bass program. Mr. Levy is also a member of the faculty at Boston University's School of Music. Mr. Levy's teachers have included David Potter, Todd Seeber, Timothy Pitts, Paul Ellison, and Stuart Sankey.

Benjamin Levy, bass Dennis Roy, bass
Dennis Roy, bass View biography in full page >

Dennis Roy joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 1993-94 season.  Mr. Roy was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1990 until the time he joined the BSO.  He was also a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Springfield Symphony Orchestra and performed as a substitute player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Symphony Orchestra.   A Tanglewood Music Center fellow in 1987 and 1989, Mr. Roy attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 1983 and 1984.  He is a 1989 graduate of New England Conservatory.

Dennis Roy, bass
Todd Seeber, bass
Todd Seeber, bass View biography in full page >

Todd Seeber joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra's double bass section in May 1988. From January 1986 until he joined the BSO, he was principal bass of the Buffalo Philharmonic, which he joined when he was twenty and with which he appeared frequently as a soloist. Before joining the Buffalo Philharmonic, he was assistant principal bass of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra. Born in Spokane, Washington, Mr. Seeber grew up in Canada, Hawaii, and Australia. He began playing the double bass at age eleven with George Wellington and attended high school in Portland, Oregon, where he studied with Herman Jobelmann. A Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center in 1983 and 1984, he won first prize in the American String Teachers National Solo Competition in 1983 and was a 1984 winner of the Boston University Concerto-Aria Competition. In May 1985 he graduated from Boston University, where he studied with Henry Portnoi. Mr. Seeber currently teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music, at Boston University's School for the Arts, at the Tanglewood Music Center, and at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Todd Seeber, bass John Stovall, bass
John Stovall, bass View biography in full page >

Born in 1958 in Casper, Wyoming, bass player John Stovall studied piano while in grade school and high school; he began playing the double bass while in high school.  Mr. Stovall began his college studies in 1978 with Stuart Sankey at the University of Texas, and then transferred to New England Conservatory to study with Boston Symphony Orchestra assistant principal bass  Lawrence Wolfe.  He received his bachelor's degree in double bass performance from New England Conservatory in 1983.  Following a year as a freelance performer in the Boston area, Mr. Stovall played with the Houston and New Orleans symphonies and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 1988‑89 season.  A Tanglewood Music Center fellow during the summers of 1981 and 1982, he has also participated in the Grand Teton and Aspen music festivals and the Congress of Strings in Seattle, Washington.


 

John Stovall, bass
Thomas Van Dyck, double bass
Thomas Van Dyck, double bass View biography in full page >

Thomas Van Dyck joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra's double bass section in January 2013. An avid chamber musician and recipient of the Maurice Schwarz Prize at Tanglewood and the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Prize, he has played at the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York City's Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Chamber Music Society, Harvard University's Houghton Library chamber music series, Union College Chamber Music Series, Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island, Morrison Chamber Music Series in San Francisco, and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, among others. A former member of the New World Symphony, he is a frequent guest with the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony. He is a member of ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), which tours nationally under Frank Salomon Management. In addition to enjoying a diverse performing career, he has been Artist-teacher of Double Bass at the Longy School of Music and guest teacher at the New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Hartt School of Music.

Thomas Van Dyck, double bass Lawrence Wolfe, bass
Lawrence Wolfe, bass View biography in full page >

Lawrence Wolfe joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra bass section in 1970, becoming the orchestra's youngest member at that time; he was named assistant principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal bass of the Boston Pops Orchestra during the 1981‑82 season.  A graduate of New England Conservatory, Mr. Wolfe studied double bass with William Curtis, Leslie Martin, and Gary Karr.  As a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he was awarded the Albert Spaulding Prize for the most promising and outstanding instrumentalist.  He is now a faculty member at Boston University, New England Conservatory, and the Boston Conservatory.  Represented on Titanic Records by his album, Lawrence Wolfe, Double Bass, Mr. Wolfe has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall, NEC's Jordan Hall, Kilbourne Hall in Rochester, and Symphony Hall, where he has been a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Mr. Wolfe was a judge and performed with his wife, soprano Pamela Wolfe, at the International Double Bass Competition on the Isle of Man in England.  At the invitation of the Australian String Teachers Association, Mr. Wolfe toured the major cities of Australia, performing in recitals and teaching master classes.  At the 1988 convention of the International Institute of the String Bass in Los Angeles, he was a recitalist, judge, and arranger.  At Disneyland, he conducted an ensemble of eighty bass players in his own arrangements of Disney tunes.  As a composer, Mr. Wolfe has numerous popular songs and three musicals to his credit.  Ronald Feldman conducted the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in the premiere of his overture, Freefall, and John Williams conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra in the premiere of his trumpet concerto with Timothy Morrison as soloist.  Prophecy and Joy, a celebratory piece for chorus and orchestra to words by Walt Whitman, was commissioned by the Masterworks Chorale for their fiftieth‑anniversary concert at Symphony Hall.

Lawrence Wolfe, bass