The University of Arizona School of Music will present “Bassiquity: Deep Chamber Music” this Monday in Crowder Hall.

A Faculty Artist Series recital, the show will feature bassist Patrick Neher playing his own compositions with colleagues and guest artists.

Joining Neher are UA faculty violinist Mark Rush and Taos flutist Nancy Laupheimer, who will perform Neher’s trio, “Plateau Scenes for flute, violin, and bass,” a musical description of a day hiking in the mountains.

Catalin Rotaru, a professor of bass at Arizona State University, will join Neher to perform his “Five Vignettes for two basses,” a tour-de-force composition that shows the abilities of the virtuoso performers in the area of jazz, improvisation, and contemporary music.

Award-winning pianist Miroslava Panayotova and Neher will perform his “Sonatina No. 3, for bass and piano,” which they will soon be recording. Also on the program is Neher’s 2008 composition “Looking Glass Waltzes for Piano,” a set of four dances.

This program replaces the previously announced recital titled “Music and Environment,” featuring a collaboration with Jack Loeffler, who was unable to travel to Tucson at this time.

Neher is a professor of double bass at the University of Arizona who is well known as a double bass soloist, composer, and multi-media specialist. He received his master of music degree with honors from the Juilliard School in 1981, under the esteemed tutelage of David Walter. In 1996 he received the coveted teaching authorization and performance technique diploma from Francois Rabbath and the International Rabbath Institute, Paris, France.

Neher was appointed to the faculty of the University of Arizona in 1984. He is a former member of the San Diego Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the American Philharmonic, the New Orleans Symphony, the New 20th Century Players, and for 10 years, was principal bassist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. For almost two decades, Neher also commuted to New Mexico to perform as principal bassist with the Santa Fe Orchestra and Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.

As a new music and multimedia specialist, Neher’s concert career has taken him to destinations throughout Europe, Eurasia, Canada, Mexico, South America and the United States.

As an active chamber musician, he has performed with numerous festivals around the globe, and has produced innovative performances with his groups Trio Barock, Trio Giovanni, and most recently with Crossing Barriers Group.

Neher’s inspirational clinics have been featured at festivals and conferences, where his focus is on bass pedagogy, composition, performance psychology, and improvisation. He has served as one of the directors of the International Society of Bassists, is listed in “International Who’s Who in Music,” and is president of Arizona Bass Players Inc. (a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and performance opportunities for bass enthusiasts).

Neher’s compositions, editions, and numerous solo recordings are published by Liben Music and by ISG Publications, and are available worldwide.

If you go

What: “Bassiquity: Deep Chamber Music,” a Faculty Artist Series recital featuring Patrick Neher, double bass, presented by the UA School of Music

When: Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Crowder Hall, UA School of Music building, southeast corner of Park and Speedway

Cost: $5 general admission. Call the box office at 621-1162 or go online to


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