Double bassist Dennis Whittaker, a Baylor University alumnus who now performs and teaches in the Houston area, will present a guest recital at Baylor on Friday, February 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Recital Hall II, located adjacent to the lobby of Waco Hall. His pianist for the recital will be In-Ja Eshelman.
Dennis Whittaker has been the principal double bassist of the Houston Grand Opera since 1996, and he appears on six world premiere recordings with that organization. He has acted as a substitute bassist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra since 1996, appearing on two recordings with them under the Telarc and Koch labels, and having joined them on tours to Japan and Europe. He has also substituted with the Houston Ballet Orchestra, the Houston Sinfonietta, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Whittaker has been the instructor of Double Bass at the University of Houston Moores School of Music since 1997, and he has also served as string area coordinator and coordinator of the “Tuesday Recital” series, as well as hosting the Texas Double Bass Symposium. Before teaching at the University of Houston, he taught orchestra in the public schools in Waco and Houston for seven years.
In addition to his teaching and orchestral duties, Mr. Whittaker is a freelance bassist in Houston, serving in symphonic, chamber, jazz and studio capacities, appearing on numerous CDs with local artists.
Opening the Baylor program will be Madrigal by Spanish composer Enrique Granados, followed by Two Miniatures, “Thanatos” and “Reitba,” by French composer François Rabbath.
Also to heard are Capriccioso No. 2 by David Anderson, the Suite No. 5 in B minor for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Evan Premo’s Artemis in the Oak Grove.
The program will close with another piece by François Rabbath, his Breiz from 1972.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.