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Barry Lieberman and Friends Recital: Chris Burns, double bass

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Chris Burns
Chris Burns (photo: courtesy of the artist)

Chris Burns, principal bass of the Tacoma Symphony, performs music by Corelli, Míšek: Gubaidulina, and Proto. With Megan McElroy, piano 

Note: Chris Burns also leads a free master class on Saturday, February 18th at 2 pm in Brechemin Auditorium. More info on this event can be found here.


Arcangelo Corelli: "La Folia" arranged by Lucas Drew

Adolf Míšek: Sonata in A Major

Sofia Gubaidulina: Sonata for double bass

Frank Proto:  Sonata 1963 for Double Bass and Piano


Artist Bio: Chris Burns, double bass

Originally from South Florida, Chris Burns has been principal bassist of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra since 2009. The Tacoma News Tribune has described his playing as “effortlessly clear and lyrical…with calm virtuosity and thoughtful expression.”  In addition to soloing with the TSO, Chris has been a featured soloist on the Second City Chamber Series, University of Puget Sound’s Jacobsen series and on the Barry Lieberman and Friends recital series at the University of Washington.  Chris is an active freelance musician in the Northwest, having performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Northwest Sinfonietta. Prior to moving to Tacoma, Chris was solo bassist for the Houston Bach Society and Opera in the Heights, as well as a substitute bassist with the Houston Grand Opera. Chris received his Bachelors of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universität für Musik in Vienna, Austria.  In addition to his performing career, Chris is also a dedicated string educator, and is the orchestra teacher at Narrows View Intermediate School in the University Place School District.