This week’s Contrabass Conversations episode features an interview with Chicago-based double bassist and electric bassist Scott Rosenthal. Scott is one of the major players for the Chicago theater scene, having performed in a huge number of productions such as The Producers, Ragtime, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Spamalot, Light in the Piazza, Mary Poppins, as well as performing regularly as a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. We also feature Italian bassist Stefano Sciascia performing Adagio Melanconico e Appassionato by Bottesini. Enjoy!
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Scott Rosenthal bio:
A native of metropolitan Chicago, Scott Rosenthal has been a significant presence in the musical theater, classical music, and jazz scene for many years. Scott has performed in numerous musical theater productions in the major venues of Chicago, including The Producers and Jekyl and Hyde at the Cadillac Palace Theater, Ragtime and Fosse at the Oriental Theater, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Beauty and the Beast, and Fiddler on the Roof at the Chicago Theater, Grease, Blood Brothers, Victor Victoria, Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Scarlet Pimpernel at the Schubert Theater, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, Phantom of the Oera, and Showboat at the Auditorium Theater, and Shenandoah, Windy City, The Boys from Syacuse, Joseph, Startime, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Baby, Camelot, King and I, The Wiz, 1776, My Fair Lady, Evita, Cabaret, West Side Story, Peter Pan, Big River, Annie, and more with the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater. He has also performed with the Elgin Symphony, Symphony II, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Chicago String Ensemble and has worked with artists such as Itzak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Celine Dion, Bjork, and Joni Mitchell.
Music Played: Melanconico e Appassionato by Bottesini
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Stefano Sciascia bio:
Stefano Sciascia was born in Turin, on 7th September, 1960.
He began studying double bass at the age of sixteen.
He soon began playing with various orchestras, including Turin Orchestra della RAI,Claudio Scimone’s Solisti Veneti and the Chamber Orchestra Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto, performing throughout Europe and North America (at the Edinburgh Festival, Wien Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Milano Teatro La Scala, and in Boston, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco,…).
At the same time he devoted himself to researching new music and transcribing it for double bass, enriching thus his instrument’s solo repertoire.
In 1994 he recorded his first CD for the record label Rivo Alto:
– Opere per contrabbasso e pianoforte
In the few following years more records were released:
1996 Rivo Alto – Gran Quintetto in do minore e Sonate a Quattro
1998 Rivo Alto – Quella Fiamma
G.B. Pergolesi, A. Vivaldi, N.A. Porpora, B. Marcello
Arie del ‘700 per contrabbasso e pianoforte
1999 Rivo Alto – Concerto
D.Dragonetti, S.Koussevitzky ,G.Bottesini
2000 Rivo Alto – Elegie
E. Bloch, G. Faurè, F. Poulanc, C. Debussy, …
2002 Rivo Alto – Songs of the World
Canzoni tradizionali da tutto il mondo
2004 Stefano Sciascia Production – Mantra 22.22
Meditazione per contrabbasso solo.
In 1999 King Record Japan includes two tracks from “Quella Fiamma” in the compilation” King of Bass”.
In January 2003 the same record label releases a Japanese version of “Songs of the World” with the title “Contrabbasso!”.
The record is distributed internationally through multinational companies such as Virgin Megastore and Tower Records.
In June 2003 double bassist Yoshihiro Utsumi founded the S.E.J. (Sciascia Ensemble Japan) in Kobe. This ensemble of musicians bearing Sciascia’s name is very active and performs throughout Japan.
In June 2001 Stefano Sciascia made his debut in the USA: he performed a recital at the Butler University of Indianapolis during the I.S.B. (International Society of Bassist) Convention.
Two years later he received a standing ovation at the university of Richmond –Virginia-, during the I.S.B. Convention of 2003.
On the next edition (June 2005) he will play at the Big Hall of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. On this occasion he has been asked to play the Amati double bass which had belonged to Serge Koussevitzky and was donated to the foundation by Gary Karr.
In fall 2004 the magazine “Double Bassist” dedicated a long article to him. The article consists of an interview by editor Maggie Williams and deals with his career, concentrating especially on his last release: Mantra 22.22.
In September 2004 he was invited in Japan where he taught master classes and played concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe.
His latest record is due out in 2005 it will dedicated to G. Bottesini ,
“Adagio Melanconico e Appassionato”, and it will feature the precious collaboration of pianist David Giovanni Leonardi, who has been playing with Sciascia ever since their first recording together, ten years ago.
The Sciascia-Leonardi duo has been performing in Italy and abroad since 1994.
Stefano Sciascia is head teacher of the double bass class at the Conservatorio di Musica “G. Tartini” in Trieste.
He plays an eighteenth century Italian instrument of the Brescian school.
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