Bang on a Bassoon

February 11, 2020

Brett Dietz, director
Gabriel Beavers, bassoon
Shelly Berg, piano
Andrew Riley and Matthew Nichols, percussion
Hamiruge, LSU Percussion Ensemble
No, you’ve never heard the bassoon sound quite like this before. Frost faculty artist and bassoonist Gabriel Beavers and Frost’s Dean and pianist Shelly Berg call on their superior technique and varied experiences for Gernot Wolfgang's and James Lassen’s challenging works, in which the bassoon is treated like a rock guitar. Brett Dietz’s Behold a Pale Horse for amplified bassoon and percussion quartet puts the bassoon through a guitar pedal effects; and Theodor Burkali’s TRaInspOrt is a fiery piece for bassoon and 2 percussion. Dietz is in demand as a clinician and soloist who has performed in Paris, France, Bongkok, Thailand, and Genral Roca, Argentina, and made appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York.