American String Project

Though not quite as deprived of chamber music repertory as, say, trombone and accordion players, double bassists still don’t have much to choose from. (Unlike in jazz, of course, where they’re nearly indispensable.) Bassist Barry Lieberman, wondering how he could include himself in some of the great string-quartet literature, got the idea of reworking quartets into pieces for full string orchestra, then invited players from around the country to join him. Which is how his American String Project, now in its ninth season, was launched. Not often will you hear such expert string playing in Seattle. This year, each of their three concerts will be preceded by a little demo showing how music for four is tweaked to make it music for 15. Thursday, the program is Haydn and Shostakovich, then Beethoven and Mendelssohn on Saturday, and Verdi and Brahms on Sunday. GAVIN BORCHERT

Thu., May 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 22, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 23, 2 p.m., 2010

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