Francois Rabbath, described as the greatest living bass player in the world, will return again this year for the KC Bass Workshop and KC BassFest. A full lineup of concerts open to the public will start Saturday at SM North High School. The conclusion is the workshop’s 60-piece bass orchestra performance at 7 p.m. July 2.
KC BassFest is a five-day festival of bass solo concerts that feature some of the greatest voices on the instrument as well as up and coming artists. The festival will be held in conjunction with the Kansas City Bass Workshop, also held at SM North.
The workshop, which is organized by Mission resident Johnny Hamil, is a world-class annual symposium that draws students from all over North America. This is the second year that Rabbath and his son, Sylvain, will be returning to the workshop and to present a concert at Park University. Rabbath, a Syrian-born Parisian, is a pioneer of the upright bass.
The concerts at SM North start at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will be held in the theatre. All of the concerts are free with a suggested donation of $10 per day. Francois and Sylvain Rabbath will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Park University. On Tuesday, July 1, afternoon concerts will be at SM North and two faculty members, Hans Sturm and Jackie Allen will perform at the Green Lady Lounge at 7 p.m.
The week closes with the bass orchestra performance Wednesday.