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Narrows View Orchestra Teacher Featured in Concerto Solo with Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

Chris Burns, the orchestra teacher at Narrows View Intermediate, is also principal bassist with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. He will perform a solo piece, Nino Rota’s “Divertimento Concertante," in a special concert this Sunday at the Pantages Th

A University Place music teacher has a big weekend ahead of him, as he is featured in a special performance of Nino Rota's Divertimento Concertante, a concerto for double bass and orchestra, this Sunday at the Pantages Theater.

Chris Burns has been the orchestra teacher at Narrows View Intermediate since last year. He is also principal bassist for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.  

Bass concertos are rare, moody and deeply dramatic--the perfect combination for a film score. Rota is an Italian composer, most famous for his work in early cinema and won Best Original Score for The Godfather, Part II in 1974.

Burns said he's been working on Divertimento Concertante for over a year and that he's a huge fan of the composer's work. Read more in his interview with The Tacoma News Tribune. 

The Tacoma Symphony will perform the Rota piece as well as works from Glinka and Shostakovich as part of their "See Change I" concert, this Sunday at the Pantages Theater. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are still available. Visit tacomasymphony.org or call 253-272-7264 for ticket information. 

Joel Gjuka February 23, 2013 at 04:48 PM
This promises to be a phenomenal concert. The University Place School District is fortunate to have talented, internationally-trained, professional musicians in the classroom! In addition, to an amazing performance by Chris Burns, the concert will feature guest conductor Sarah Ioannides. Maestro Ioannides is the first of four conductors, selected from a field of more than 100, each vying to become the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra's next Music Director.

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