Double bass: foundation AND solo instrument!

Double bass: foundation AND solo instrument!

New West Symphony double bass player and Team Strings member Mark Wallace presents his instrument, which tends not to get much attention. While you may not always think about it in the concert hall, you definitely feel it. And more recently, the double bass has become...

Subtle genius: Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet

Some would say the musicians launch their shrewdest musical attacks after the work week. Team Percussion comes out swinging this morning. So maybe you grew up rattling pots and pans in the kitchen. You have a thing for rhythm, the hypnotic thrill of a constant beat....
As hard as can be: Bartók’s viola concerto

As hard as can be: Bartók’s viola concerto

All too often, the viola gets a bad rap, and for no good reason. In the right hands, it can sing just as beautifully as the other members of the string family. Philipp Triggs reminds us that it can have a powerful role in the orchestra that makes it indispensable.   ...
Clarinet antics: a fun and versatile instrument

Clarinet antics: a fun and versatile instrument

The clarinet can be an easy instrument to get along with. Okay, maybe more for the listener than the performer. They have such a bright, friendly, and open tone that charms our socks off. And that makes for amazingly clear melodies and tight harmonies.     New West...
The trumpet belongs (almost) anywhere

The trumpet belongs (almost) anywhere

The trumpet has made its way into almost every musical role, genre, and time period. New West Symphony principal trumpet Jim Grinta celebrates that his instrument can shine in the brass section or out on its own. It has a comfortable place in all kinds of music, from...