The concert that Double Bassist Donovan Stokes will perform for Dalton State College on Monday, March 14 will be “one-third classical, one-third crossover and one-third amplified looping” according to a notice on his website.
“That eclectic program pretty well sums up the musical stylings of Stokes,” says Dr. Ellie Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Music at Dalton State and coordinator of the Campus Concerts series sponsored by the Department of Humanities.
“You cannot label Donovan Stokes,” Jenkins laughs. “He’ll play everything from baroque sonatas to jazz to rockabilly to extreme modern experimental compositions. He’s always exploring what the double bass is capable of.”
The title of Stokes’ concert is “Double Bass: Past, Present and Future!” Several of the pieces he’ll play are of his own composition; Stokes’ life as a professional musician has been divided between teaching, writing, performing, and composing. It has been said of him, “(he has an) eye-popping display of technical wizardry and showmanship” and that he “brings the bass into yet another dimension of capabilities.”
The double bass, according to Jenkins, is the largest and lowest pitched of the string instruments in the violin family, standing close to six feet tall. The bassist stands or sits on a high stool to play and can either pluck or bow the strings. Stokes, according to Jenkins, is known for his use of amplification and electronic effects, although he plays acoustic bass as well.
Dr. Stokes earned his bachelor of music degree from Vanderbilt University and his masters and doctor of music from Indiana University. He is currently an associate professor at Shenandoah University-Conservatory and offers a range of online instruction in upright bass, alternative strings, chamber music and composition.
He will be accompanied in his concert at the College by Angela Arthur on piano. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening, March 14, and is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.
For more information, contact Dr. Ellie Jenkins at 706-272-2528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.