Saturday's Eastern Connecticut Orchestra concert gives us the rare chance to see a crucial orchestra member front-and-center as a soloist. Double bassist Tom Green, who has anchored the very foundation of the string section for 20 years, will be featured in a concert oddity: a concerto for double bass.
The music director of the Ledyard High School music program, Green will solo in Giambattista Cimador's Double Bass Concerto in G Major, a Classical era showpiece for the often overlooked instrument that's full of that era's predictability and cadences that audiences love. The fine ECSO bass section seldom gets showy moments (the jaw-dropping playing in Beethoven's Fifth aside), so it should be a treat to see one of the orchestra's most under-appreciated and talented principals take his bows.
The program at the Garde Arts Center features another soloist, the Canadian soprano Mireille Asselin, who will sing Barber's hauntingly lovely "Knoxville, Summer of 1915" and the novel final movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 4, where Mahler's range as a composer of lieder meets his huge orchestral goals.
It should be a sing-high, sing-low double win for the audience.
- MILTON MOORE
The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Saturday, the Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; $32-$62, with student, senior and night-of-concert rush ticket discounts; (860) 443-2876, gardearts.org.