Hear bass in a multitude of dimensions

Ann Gilbert with her carbon fiber bass, one of three she will showcase at Bass Extravaganza on May 24. Photo courtesy Ann Gilbert

Enjoy “Bass Extravaganza” on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. Ann Gilbert, whose resume resembles a “Who’s Who” of bass studies, performance and teaching from the highest regarded classical levels to pop celebrities, will present a unique program that explores different ways in which the bass can soar.  

Gilbert urges all to come with open ears and minds as she serenades her audience on a carbon fiber bass, an upright electric Gel Bass and a modern Italian string bass. She will bring several friends, including two Suzuki bass students (5 and 7 years old), a jazz trio, and an all-carbon fiber instrument string quartet. 

Currently, Gilbert plays principal bass with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra and is a member of Firelands Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches Suzuki and traditional bass for the Cleveland Music School Settlement. Her résumé includes appointments as principal bass with the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico, assistant principal bass with the Oregon Symphony, and in the Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, Spain.

She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, and the University of Akron. Gilbert’s first bass teachers were George Wisneskey and Harry Barnoff. She studied piano with Marianne Mastics. She studied string bass with David Perlman, principal bass for the Cleveland Orchestra and John Schaeffer, principal bass for the New York Philharmonic. She has played in orchestras backing up Kenny Rogers, Scott Hamilton, Kenny Loggins, Roger Daltry, Luciano Pavarotti, Jewel, Dennis DeYoung, the Three Tenors, and the Moody Blues.

This extraordinary program is presented to the community without charge by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, as it fulfills its mission to make art programs, in all forms, available to the general public. Westlake Porter Public Library is at 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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