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Faculty Artist Series features double bassist Milton Masciadri

The University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music will present the first Faculty Artist Series concert of the fall virtually on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Milton Masciadri will perform the first Faculty Artist Series concert of the fall virtually on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. (Submitted photo)

Double bass professor Milton Masciadri will take the Ramsey Hall stage to perform a 50-minute concert with piano faculty David Fung.

With the restrictions on performance during the pandemic, the program is focused on the international bass repertoire of the solo works for double bass and piano, including works by Eccles, Rachmaninoff, Koussevitzky, Bloch, Gustavino, Amato and Bottesini. The program also includes a piece by late Emeritus Professor Leonard Vernon “Chic” Ball Jr., who taught at the School of Music for 28 years.

The concert will be livestreamed at music.uga.edu/live-streaming and will be simultaneously retransmitted by UNESCO for the World Heritage and Unity Program. According to Masciadri, UNESCO will be sharing the livestream on their channels all across Latin America and Europe.

“The pandemic has changed the approach for performances, and [the] invitation of [my double bass] students to the hall emphasizes the unity of bass enthusiasts alike in the world,” said Masciadri.

Masciadri is a third-generation double bass player. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he began his studies with his father, and by age 17 was co-principal bassist with the Porto Alegre Symphony in Brazil. At 19, he was already on the faculty at Brazil’s Federal University. Masciadri’s enthusiasm for enlarging the repertoire of the double bass has led him to publish and premiere works of many contemporary American and South American composers, including works commissioned for him by such institutions as UNESCO and Funarte (Brazilian Foundation for the Arts) as well as his own transcriptions and arrangements.

Assistant professor of piano David Fung has been described as “stylish and articulate” in the New York Times. Fung regularly appears with ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and with the major orchestras in Australia, among others.

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