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PBO, Curtis Daily, Patricia Hutter & Two Basses On A Date
Tuesday, November 18, 2014



The Pacific Baroque Orchestra is presenting this program on Friday November 28 and on Sunday November 30.

Curtis Daily in my garden

A curious fact is that perhaps because the program includes two composers (besides that of 17th century Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber von Bibern) of the late 18th century, Luigi Boccherini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart a rare instrument and its owner are traveling from Portland to play in it. Curtis Daily and his baroque bass are both participants and members of the Portland Baroque Orchestra. Those who know will tell you that since the orchestra is headed by violinist Monica Huggett, the standards of the orchestra are as high as they come. If anything that also tells you that the demands of Pacific Baroque Orchestra Musical Director and virtuoso harpshichordist, Alexander Weimann are as high. Daily is also a member of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra


Patricia Hutter & Nicolo

Interesting too is that Daily and his bass have a date on Athlone Street, Saturday November 29 at 12:30 PM with my near neighbour Patricia Hutter (formerly a bass player for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and her Italian bass called Nicolo.

Of his bass Daily wrote me this:

Just a thought for Alex, I would really like to take some photos of both of the old Italian basses when we visit Patricia.

My bass was made in Venice, Italy, circa 1770, so it's pretty old now, but probably not as old as Patricia's. My bass was most likely commissioned from the shop whose name is associated with it, Ignacio Ongaro (one of the big violin shops in Venice at the time), by a school or church. Its dimensions were probably roughed out by a boy, then finished up by somebody that knew what they were doing. I can show you the tool marks where the apprentice went too far.

The bass was still in Venice in 1906, which I know because of a repair label inside it from a well known Venetian maker, dated 1906 for repairs that he had made to it. At some point after that it made it's way to Oakland California in the Italian 20th century Italian migration; likely in pieces because that would be simpler given the horrible conditions that many of them travelled to the US in. The person I bought it from found it in a violin shop in Oakland in the early 60s in pieces. He bought it and eventually had it restored. He was the principal bassist in the San Francisco Symphony for many years, and has just in the last decade retired.

I am looking forward to perhaps finding ou, when Daily, Hutter and the two basses meet, if Daily has a name for his Venetian instrument. And perhaps, too, he might explain to me the difference (if there is one) between a baroque bass and a violone. 



     

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12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17

3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17