San Francisco Winter Bass Bash 2021

Check out the complete online edition of this year's Bass Bash.

With Richard Duke · San Francisco, CA

This event is a cool collaboration between the San Francisco Symphony’s education program and the Northern California Chamber Music Academy, a new nonprofit organization here in the Bay Area. Bassists in several San Francisco public schools are coached throughout the year by local bass teachers, and the Bass Bash is an opportunity to showcase the work they’ve been doing throughout the year.

In addition to performing, these students get a chance to see a performance and observe/participate in a master class. What a cool set of activities for students, and what a great way to bring the Bay Area bass community together!


Xavier Foley, Double Bass
Amy Zanrosso, piano
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor. K. 304

SF Middle School Student Bass Trio
Adam Ben Ezra – Can’t Stop Running- Arranged for 3 Basses

Susan Wulff, Associate Principal Bass, San Diego Symphony
Sarian Sankoh – everythingfeelsthesame

SF High School Student Bassists
Andrés Martin – Chimera for Bass Quartet

Dominic Seldis, Principal Bass, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Rembrandt Frerichs, piano
Giovanni Bottesini – Elegie

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Bass Section 2020
Randall Thompson (Arr. S. Tramontozzi) – Alleluia
SFSYO Bass Section members: Htut Khaung Oo – principal, Dylan Lewis,
Abhiram Vinnakota, Sara Simoni, Chelsea Wang, Arielle Zakim

Charles Chandler, Bass
Amos Yang, Assistant Principal Cello, San Francisco Symphony
Andrés Martin – Synchronicity

Stephen Tramontozzi, Assistant Principal Bass
Jerome Simas, clarinet, San Francisco Symphony
Morton Gould – Benny’s Gig

Scott Pingel, Principal Bass, San Francisco Symphony
Jason Heath, interviewer
Metallica Solo – Cliff Burton Tribute

Esperanza Spalding, Double Bass, San Francisco Symphony Creative Partner
Nico Muhly – Excerpt from Throughline

Co-produced by Contrabass Conversations podcast,
Northern California Chamber Music Academy, & San Francisco Symphony

Richard Duke, San Francisco Winter Bass Bash Producer
Jason Heath, Host and Executive Producer, Contrabass Conversations Podcast

For the San Francisco Symphony:
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Artistic Director
Esperanza Spalding, Collaborative Partner

San Francisco Symphony Double Bass Section:
Scott Pingel, Principal
Daniel G. Smith, Associate Principal
Stephen Tramontozzi, Assistant Principal
Charles Chandler

Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Bass Section
Daniel Stewart, Wattis Foundation Music Director
Stephen Tramontozzi, Bass Coach

Education Department:
Rebecca Blum, Senior Director of Orchestra & Education Planning
Ronald Gallman, Education Director, San Francisco Symphony
Anastasia Herold, Education Program Manager, San Francisco Symphony Joseph Matthews, Education Coordinator, San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony Bass Mentors in schools:
Richard Duke, Yuchen Liu, Jason Heath, & David Horn
SFUSD Music Teachers

Sam Bass, director SFUSD Arts Department

Monica Felkel, Young Concert Artists

Barry Green, Northern California Bass Bash founding producer

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Empty Concertgebouw Sessions
Made possible by Van Lanschot Kempen

Cameron Keezer-Wulff, filmography (Sankoh)
Joseph R. Lewis, filmography, editing (Thompson)

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