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In the Name of Hope, May 27, 2009

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

In the Name of Hope, a benefit concert celebrating the work of Michael Miller, pianist and composer.

You are invited to a special tribute concert celebrating the work of Chicago pianist and composer Michael Miller, May 27 7:30pm (Wednesday) at Nichols Hall in Evanston.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 @ 7:30pm
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Ave. (map)
Evanston, IL  60201
Suggested donation: $30

The Chicago Bass Ensemble will perform two short works on this concert: an arrangement by Miller of Robert Schumann’s Traumerei and an original composition by Miller, Caught, part of a planned multi-movement work for bass quartet. Michael Miller and our Doug Johnson are old friends, but had lost contact with each other until Miller spotted our MySpace page. In short order he created several arrangements for us. He also began work on Enambered, of which Caught is one of the movements.

Members of the Chicago area performing arts community are joining together for this benefit concert as a tribute to Michael Miller’s work as a performer and composer. This event will feature performances by prominent Chicago musicians including mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley (CUBE ensemble, Lyric Opera and Santa Fe Opera apprenticeships), pianist Fiona Queen, award-winning vocal performer Danielle Brothers, double bassist Douglas Johnson, violinist Nina Saito, English horn player June Matayoshi, and other surprises.  The concert will feature compositions by Robert Schumann, Kurt Weill, and Michael Miller.

Michael is entering into an indefinite period of inactivity as a performer, having recently been diagnosed with a neurological condition which greatly impairs the use of his arms. Proceeds from this concert will go toward assisting Michael Miller through this challenging time of personal transformation.

Please contact Orson Panetti if you have any questions regarding this event.

For this concert, the Chicago Bass Ensemble lineup was: Jacque Harper, John Floeter, Doug Johnson and Jason Heath.

“Music for Peace” Festival, May 16, 2009

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Saturday, May 16, 2009

We performed at the People’s Music School’s “Music for Peace” Festival in St. James Cathedral.

John Floeter, Doug Johnson, Jacque Harper and Pat Romane.

Lutheran School of Theology, March 29, 2009

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street, Chicago

  • Doug Johnson, The Open Sea
  • Teppo Hauta-Aho, Koraaliaana Miniature
  • Paul Hindemith, Six Chansons
  • Seth Boustead, Sawtooth Hammer
  • Jan Alm, Quartet #2

Center Portion, March 25, 2009

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

March 25, 2009, 7:30 pm

Center Portion
2850 1/2 Fullerton Ave., Chicago.

  • Doug Johnson, The Open Sea
  • Jan Alm, Quartet #2
  • Seth Boustead, Sawtooth Hammer
  • Paul Hindemith, Six Chansons
  • Teppo Hauta-Aho, Koraaliaana Miniature
  • David Anderson, Quartet 1987

Heaven Gallery, December 15, 2008

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

On a chilly December evening, we played at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.

Chicago Bass Ensemble at Heaven Gallery

(photo courtesy of A Guy In Arlington Heights, Illinois. )

Elastic Arts Foundation, June 20, 2008

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

June 20, 2008

We played a short set as a trio at the Elastic Arts Foundation’s performance space.

John Floeter, Jacque Harper and Doug Johnson played works by Alm and Kesselman.

NIU – February 14, 2008

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

February 14, 2008
We were the featured artists at Northern Illinois University’s morning convocation.

Here’s how John Floeter described it on his blog:
The Chicago Bass Ensemble will be performing in DeKalb at Northern Illinois University as the featured artists for the All-School Convocation at 11am on February 14th,2008. This will essentially be a 50 minute concert with a minimal amount of lecture. Although it is a required class for NIU music students, it is also open to the public. I would like to invite anyone who is interested in hearing the unique sonority of 4 double basses to attend.

Bassists Jacque Harper, Michael Hovnanian, and Doug Johnson will join me, John Floeter, in works specifically written for 4 Double Basses by Jan Alm, Seth Boustead, Doug Johnson and Teppo Hauta-aho. We will also present transcriptions of choral works by Hindemith and Orlando di Lasso .

The concert will take place in the Concert Hall of the Music Building, which is located on the northeast corner of campus on Lucinda Ave, between Gilbert Way and the Kishwaukee River. There are some parking meters available near the corner of Gilbert and Lucinda, otherwise you must purchase a permit and park in the parking structure a few blocks from the music department.

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