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The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra presents Italian Inspirations: Xavier Foley

Special to the Carolina Peacemaker / November 8, 2019

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Xavier Foley, Double Bassist

The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO) presents Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series – Italian Inspirations, sponsored by Arch MI, on November 21 and 23 at 8 p.m. at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium.

Sharing the stage will be the acclaimed double bassist, Xavier Foley, performing Bottesini’s Concerto No. 2 for double bass and orchestra. This will be preceded by Respighi’s Gliuccelli (The Birds) for orchestra, and followed by Shubert’s Symphony No. 4.

Xavier Foley, called a “standout performer” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2016 where he studied both composition and performance with Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson. Among many distinctions, Foley was the winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition and 2011 Senior Division International Society Bassist Competition. As such, he has appeared as soloist on numerous stages, including with the Atlanta Symphony, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. Foley made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi, with which he was also soloist on East and West coast tours. He also performed in Carnegie Hall as principal bass of the New York String Seminar Orchestra.
Foley will be performing Bottesini’s impressive Concerto No. 2 for double bass and orchestra. Fittingly, Bottesini was known as “the Paganini of the double bass” and was famous for an impressive control of his massive instrument. As a result, his second concerto for double bass and orchestra stands as one of the most studied and performed pieces in the bass repertoire.

The concert will open with Respighi’s beloved Gli uccelli (The Birds). This suite was written in 1928 in an attempt to imitate the various sounds of birds including transcriptions of birdsongs, fluttering wings, and scratching feet. The evening will conclude with Schubert’s Symphony No. 4, completed in 1816, when the composer was only 19 years old.

With Xavier Foley’s solo performances described as “unforgettable” and “wrenching” this is not a concert to miss. Join the GSO on November 21 or 23 for Italian Inspirations.
Tickets at: greensborosymphony.org / ticketmaster.com / GSO Box Office: (336) 335-5456 x224

The Rice Toyota Sitkovetsky & Friends Chamber Series

Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Violin; Xavier Foley, Double Bass and The Greensboro Symphony will present The Rice Toyota Sitkovetsky & Friends Chamber Series featuring:

  • Gliere – Intermezzo and Tarantella for double bass and piano
  • Foley – Gavity Waltz for double bass and piano
  • Boccherini – Sonata in G major for cello and double bass
  • Foley – Cranberry Juice for cellow and double bass
  • Prolofiev – Quintet, Op. 39 for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass
  • Foley – Hibernation for violin and double bass Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin and double bass

This performance will be Friday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre at Well-Spring, 4100 Well Spring Dr., Greensboro.

Tickets at: greensborosymphony.org / ticketmaster.com / GSO Box Office: (336) 335-5456 x224




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