Free concert features Samuel Suggs, double bass

Music for Youth and Pequot Library launch their 23rd season with Samuel Suggs, double bass on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m., at the Pequot Library, Southport.

Music for Youth will open their 2017 season with the double bass virtuoso Samuel Suggs, who was recently named the 2016 Concert Artist Guild’s New Music Fellow. Suggs will be putting on an extraordinary solo concert highlighting the range and scope of the double bass. Many of the selections will feature his original arrangements and compositions.

Before the concert there will be a pre-concert “meet the double bass” workshop at 1:15 for young children and families. Two high school students will demonstrate the range of sounds on the double bass and talk about the history of the instrument. Please register for this free 30 minute program by emailing: [email protected]

Samuel Suggs was named Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2016 CAG International Competition, making him first double bassist in thirty-six years to join the CAG roster. Suggs was recently named New Artist of the Month by Musical America after receiving the Gary Karr Prize for 1st place at the 2015 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in which he performed many of his own compositions. He is the only bassist to win the Beijing International Music Festival Competition and has performed concertos at the Kennedy Center and Northwestern University.

Suggs earned honors studying music theory and cognition at Northwestern University while working as the youngest principal bassist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a substitute for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW contemporary ensemble, and in various outreach programs including leading the Carlos Chavez Youth Orchestra and performing alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax.

Currently a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Music, Suggs has received a Presser Foundation Award, as well as the Dean’s Prize, the school’s highest excellence award, and has studied with many diverse master bassists including Don Palma, Peter Lloyd, Edgar Meyer, DaXun Zhang, Paul Bresciani, Andrew Raciti, Jeff Bradetich, Rob Kassinger, and Jeff Weisner.

Take this musical journey with Suggs who will reveal the musical genius of Purcell, Bach, Walter and his own solo compositions. Sugg’s concert will be followed by a master class for advanced double bass students. Registration is required for participation; and interested students should email [email protected] for more information. There is a suggested donation of $35 for performing in the master class.

The concert in September is free for adults attending with children. Adults attending without children are asked to make a goodwill donation to help sustain future programs. Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. For more information, visit or email [email protected]

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