As the story goes, the widow of famed musician Serge Koussevitzky witnessed his ghost on the stage of New York's Town Hall during a performance by bass virtuoso Gary Karr. Following Karr's performance, Olga Koussevitzky passed on her late husband's beloved – and very unique – double bass to Karr.
Thanks to Karr's generosity, audiences and musicians alike can celebrate its musical legacy. The instrument – now known as the Karr-Koussevitzky double bass – was constructed during the early 19th century and is appreciated for its unique tone. Music aficionados rarely have an opportunity to hear this one-of-a-kind instrument in concert, but Houstonians will have their chance during an University of Houston recital paying tribute to its namesakes.
UH Moores School of Music affiliate artist Dennis Whittaker will perform using the Karr-Koussevitzsky double bass alongside fellow professor, pianist Timothy Hester.
During the event, Whittaker will offer insight on both musicians and discuss the double bass that he will play. Works to be performed include a mix of Koussevitzky's compositions and pieces frequently performed by Karr.