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PlayIN at the Kimmel Center for Double Bass


The Philadelphia Orchestra invites bass players of all ages across a range of abilities to participate in an exciting FREE community event, a PlayIN for Double Bass! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Verizon Hall
Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
5:30-6:30 PM


Registration has closed. Join the audience for this celebration of music and collaboration!

Now’s your chance to play with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, led by Henry G. Scott. Principal Bass Harold Robinson, Assistant Principal Bass Joseph Conyers, David Fay, and Robert Kesselman will play side-by-side with participants.

What music will we play?

The final program for the Double Bass PlayIN is:

From George Vance’s Progressive Repertoire for the Double Bass:
Vol. 1
Traditional “Music Box”
Traditional “Abschied”
Schumann “Happy Farmer, Returning from Work,” from Album for the Young
Vance Bagatelle
Vol. 2
Traditional “Sakura” (Cherry Blossom)
Bayly “Long, Long Ago”
Bach Musette - 2 parts
Bach Minuet in D - 2 parts
Bach Minuet in G - 2 parts
Handel Bourée
Brahms Waltz, Op. 39, No. 15
Vol. 3
Gossec Gavottte
Saint-Saëns “The Elephant,” from Carnival of the Animals
Thomas Gavotte from Mignon

Chambers “Whims of Chambers”
      Performed by Harold Robinson and Rufus Reid

Eccles/arr. Fay Sonata in G minor

Gershwin “Embraceable You,” from Girl Crazy
Gershwin “Someone to Watch Over Me,” from Oh, Kay!

Beatles Arrangments
Lennon-McCartney “Eleanor Rigby”
Lennon-McCartney “Yesterday”

Beethoven Recitative and Chorale, from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (“Choral”)
     Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Music will be provided for the instrument parts required. Upon registering online, you will receive an e-mail within 48 hours assigning your parts and providing instructions for their download.

Be sure to bring your music with you to the PlayIN!

What do I need to bring?

Download and print your music for the Bass PlayIN. If you play seated, please bring a stool. A music stand will be provided for you.

Where may I store my instrument case and coat during the event?

A secured storage area (“a bass check”) will be provided for participants during the Bass PlayIN. 

When should I arrive? How long will the event last?

Registered participants are asked to arrive between 4:45 and 5:00 PM. Rehearsal will commence at 5:15 PM. Volunteers will be present to direct you as needed. The event begins promptly at 5:30 PM and will run no longer than one hour.

How do I register?

Registration has closed. Join the audience for this celebration of music and collaboration!

Please plan to arrive on time!

Contact education@philorch.org with questions about this exciting community event.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s PlayINs are funded by generous donations from Board member John H. McFadden and Lisa Kabnick, longtime supporters of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and an anonymous donor.

The PlayIN at the Kimmel Center for Double Bass will be a recorded event. All participants agree to occasional use of their image and participation in promotional and educational materials by The Philadelphia Orchestra.