Two Greats


Schubert’s Ninth — a monumental work known as “The Great,” needs an equally great soloist, and this concert has him. Celebrated international double bass virtuoso Catalin Rotaru demonstrates what he does like no other: make the largest instrument in the orchestra sing  like a cello.  PLUS join us at 6:45pm for a preconcert discussion with KBAQ’s Sterling Beeaff, Catalin Rotaru, and Artistic Director Timothy Verville to hear more about the music on the concert and meet our guest artist. 

Catalin-Cover-2-7August 24th, 2013 7:30pm
Tempe Center for the Arts

Timothy Verville, Conductor

Haydn Concerto for Cello in C major
     Catalin Rotaru, Double Bass
Schubert Symphony 9 “The Great”


$20 General Admission

$17 Senior/Student/Military

 About the Guest Artist

Catalin Rotaru, double bass, joined the School of Music at Arizona State University, in 2005. Mr. Rotaru is in demand as a performer and clinician throughout the world. He is a graduate of the National University of Music from Bucharest, Romania and holds a Master’s degree in music performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously he was Associate Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He served as associate principal bass in the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, principal bass in the Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra, Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra of Bucharest, associate principal and principal bass in Sinfonia Da Camera, and principal bass of the Orchestra Sinfonica Europea. He received the second prize at the 1997 International Society of Bassists Solo Division Competition and the Jury’s Special Award for the best performance of the required piece at that competition. He was the winner of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Debut Recital Award in 1997, the Central Illinois Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Award in 1996, and received in 2013 the “Recognition award for Solo Performance” from the International Society of Bassists. Mr. Rotaru’s debut solo CD, entitled “Bass*ic Cello Notes” was released by Summit Records in March 2007 and in 2010 released his second CD entitled “Juliana D’Agostini + Catalin Rotaru” which was recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2012 Mr. Rotaru recorded his third CD, in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay, which includes the world premiere of a double bass performance of the famous violin concerto no. 5 by W.A. Mozart. For the last several years, Professor Rotaru has been a frequent solo performer as recitalist or guest soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and gave master classes at many prestigious institutions and festivals in United States, Asia, Europe and South America. Mr. Rotaru performs on a modern instrument made in Italy by Luciano Golia and a bow made by Marco Pasquino, and is a Pirastro Strings endorsing artist.