CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: May 25, 1999
International Double Bass convention will be at UI School of Music May 31-June 5
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 1999 Convention of the International Society of Bassists·(ISB) -- an international organization of professional and student double bass players -- will be held at the University of Iowa School of Music May 31-June 5. Host of the convention is UI professor of music Diana Gannett, president of the ISB.
The ISB currently has more than 3,000 members worldwide. As many as 500 bassists are expected to attend the convention in Iowa City.
The convention will open with recitals in Clapp Recital Hall Monday afternoon and evening, May 31, by winners of competitions held at the 1997 international convention. Events during the following five days will include master classes and workshops for bass players and students with sessions in both classical and jazz styles; a wide variety of lectures and demonstrations; competitions in various aspects of bass performance for young bassists; and both classical and jazz performances that are open to the general public.
Anyone may register to attend the convention. A registration table will be available in the lobby of Clapp Recital Hall, starting in the afternoon of Monday, May 31 and continuing throughout the convention. The full registration fee for the 6-day convention will be $225 ($150 for full-time students, and $125 for young bassists 17 years of age or younger). One-day registration will also be available each day for $50.
A full schedule of convention events is available at the ISB web page, <http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/ISBconv.html>.
A graduate of the UI School of Music, Gannett has taught double bass at the UI since the fall of 1992. She also is the principal double bass of the Quad City Symphony.
At the UI Gannett studied with Eldon Obrecht, whom she has succeeded on the faculty. She has also studied with legendary double bass virtuoso Gary Karr at Yale, where she earned both master's and doctoral degrees.
FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES DURING THE ISB CONVENTION: All of the performances listed below will be held in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus and will be open to the public free of charge.
Monday, May 31
Tuesday, June 1
5:30 p.m. Jazz Recital: Hans Sturm, double bass, and
Jackie Allen, vocals.
Wednesday, June 2
Thursday, June 3
Friday, June 4
Saturday, June 5