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Tuesday, Febuary 16, 2016
6:30 P. M.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Bass Center Houston

Four Double Bassists from the Houston Symphony whose performances are designed to both entertain and enlighten their audiences. The double bass is a standard member of the symphony orchestra string section, but it is equally at home in a range of other genres such as jazz, blues, country blue grass, and rock and roll. Let Bass Center Houston surprise you!

Robin Kesselman was appointed Principal Bass of the Houston Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada. He has performed as Guest Principal Bass with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, travelled internationally with both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and performed with the National, Atlanta, and Baltimore Symphonies. Outside of the orchestra Kesselman frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician. He teaches private lessons locally and master classes around the country and abroad.

Donald Howey has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 1999. He has performed with the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and has been principal and soloist with the Houston Chamber Orchestra. He began playing the bass at age fifteen in his hometown of Sudbury, Massachusetts. Donald completed his Masters degree in Music Performance at Rice University in 1998 and graduated with distinction from Boston University in 1995.

Eric Larson, has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 1999. He pursued undergraduate studies at Boston University, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance. He has participated in several summer music festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, Tanglewood, Grand Teton, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Mr. Larson has performed with the Baltimore, Boston, and Philadelphia Orchestra’s and was principal bass of the Haddonfield Symphony. He has been an active chamber musician and an avid teacher.
Burke Shaw, double bass, studied at the Juilliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. After graduating, he was appointed principal bass of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Spain. In 1999 he moved back to the United States to play in the Oregon Symphony in Portland, OR and a year later he won a position in the bass section of the Houston Symphony. He plays on a double bass made in Rome in 1744.


Gloria Dei Lutheran is located at 18220 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay, 2 blocks south of the Johnson Space Center.


The Houston Symphony League Bay Area (HSLBA) is a dream realized by Fran Strong and Selma Neumann, the first presidents.

Chartered in 1976 under the auspices of the Houston Symphony, its mission is to promote music appreciation and enrichment.

HSLBA presents music programs for all students in CCISD elementary schools.

Membership is open to anyone who wants to enjoy, support or promote the music of the Houston Symphony. Guests are always welcome.

For further information about monthly meetings contact us at 713-724-4961.