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.