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5 Dennis Whittaker plays the Famed Karr-Koussevitzky Bass
University of Houston affiliate artist in double bass Dennis Whittaker. Photo by Joel Luks
2 Dennis Whittaker plays the Famed Karr-Koussevitzky Bass
Whittaker and pianist Tim Hester curated a concert that represents the music of Koussevitzky alongside pieces made famous by Karr's magnetic interpretation. Photo by Joel Luks
6 Dennis Whittaker plays the Famed Karr-Koussevitzky Bass
The bass was rumored to have been built by Antonio and Girolamo Amati in 1611. Photo by Joel Luks
4 Dennis Whittaker plays the Famed Karr-Koussevitzky Bass
But studies conducted by professional luthiers that examined the wood, grain and size concluded that it was most likely crafted in early 1800s France. Photo by Joel Luks
3 Dennis Whittaker plays the Famed Karr-Koussevitzky Bass
Gary Karr donated the invaluable bull fiddle to the International Society of Double Bassists, which lends the instruments to deserving musicians. Photo by Joel Luks
1 Dennis Whittaker plays the Famed Karr-Koussevitzky Bass
When the bass isn't being played, it travels to different string shops around the country as a living piece of music history. Photo by Joel Luks
0 Dennis Whittaker plays the Famed Karr-Koussevitzky Bass
A custom addition by Marvin Cable Tailpieces honors Gary Karr, whose favorite pastime is growing flowers. Photo by Joel Luks