On Wednesday, March 23, a wonderful double bass will be heard for the first time in Vermillion. Rick Rognstad acquired the instrument this January and will play it in public for the first time in his recital at 7:30 in Farber Hall on the USD campus. Andrew Stetson, owner of the Cincinnati Bass Cellar, where Rognstad purchased the
instrument, described its sound as beautifully seasoned and with substantial volume. Made around 1930 in the rare pear shape by noted French luthier Paul Bisch in Mirecourt, France, the instruments small upper bouts make it ideal for solo playing, most of which is in the higher registers.
The recital, which has no admission charge, will begin with the First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello (played on the bass) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Then Rognstad will be joined by Dr. Eunho Kim, professor of violin at USD and violinist in the Rawlins Piano Trio, for three duets by Reinhold Glire. After a brief intermission Dr. Marie-Elaine Gagnon, professor of cello at USD and cellist in the Rawlins Piano Trio, will be featured in the Duetto for Violoncello and Double Bass by Giachino Rossini.
Finally Rognstad will be joined by USD students Andrew Paa, violin; Kelly Coslet, viola; and Karina Weiss, cello; for a performance of the Quartet for Contrabass Obbligato by Franz Anton Hoffmeister.