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Fredonia Bass Fest slated for Saturday
Thursday, December 08, 2016

Fredonia Bass Fest slated for Saturday

The second Fredonia Bass Fest, a day devoted to performances and classes for double bass players of all levels – professional, college, high school, teacher and adult learner – will be hosted by the Fredonia School of Music on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Rosch Recital Hall.


   Kieran Hanlon


    Brett Shurtliffe


    Mario Panascia

In addition to a double bass solo competition, class lessons and performances will be led by Kieran Hanlon, assistant professor of String Bass and Jazz at Fredonia, and guest artists Brett Shurtliffe, associate principal double bassist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Marco Panascia, adjunct faculty member at The New School in New York City.

In the double bass solo competition, high school students will perform in front of Bass Fest faculty and vie for first, second and third place prizes and also receive comments and feedback. The competition winner will be invited to perform his/her solo piece alongside faculty performers in the Bass Fest evening concert.

The first place award is $250, a full set of strings and a $1,000 scholarship to attend the Fredonia School of Music. The winner must apply, audition and be accepted to the university and the School of Music. The scholarship award is to be used during the winner’s first-year of undergraduate studies as a Music major. It has no cash value, is non-renewable and non-transferable.

Second place is $100 and a full set of strings; third place is $50 and a full set of strings.

Bass Fest sponsors include D’Addario Strings, which is providing the full sets of strings to all competition winners, and Luthier’s Care. Vendors from around the region who specialize in double bass instruments, music and accessories will also attend the event.

Mr. Hanlon, who completed a Master of Music degree in Double Bass Performance and the Orchestral Studies Program, both at the Eastman School of Music, is an active orchestral performer. He is Principal Bass of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and a regular sub with the Chautauqua Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. A “first-call” jazz performer in the area, he has performed with jazz greats, such as Sal Andolina, George Caldwell and Bobby Militello, and has worked with Celtic artist Cathie Ryan.

Mr. Panascia, who has a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, has performed with many jazz luminaries, such as Kenny Barron, Natalie Cole and Eric Reed, appeared in some of the world’s top music festivals and venues, such as the Hollywood Bowl and Kennedy Center, and was mentored by Los Angeles studio legend Carol Kaye, formerly of “The Wrecking Crew.” He teaches clinics and master classes in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Shurtliffe received his Bachelor in Music and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and his Master in Music degree from Duquesne University. He was the top American prize winner at the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in 2003 and took first-place honors two years later. He has performed numerous times as a soloist with the BPO, Amherst Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra and the orchestra of SUNY Cortland.

For more information, contact Hanlon via email.

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