Next Occurrence:

  • September 7, 2018 – 6:00 pm

Music in the Cafe: Bassoonery

Frist Center Cafe ~ FREE

The members of Bassonery have been symphony orchestra members, teachers, and band directors. Founded by former Nashville Symphony Orchestra member Patricia Gunter, this delightful ensemble, with repertoire spanning Bach to Gershwin, has delighted Frist Center visitors in years past, and we are happy to have them back. 

Patricia Gunter currently freelances in Kentucky, Indiana, and Alabama.  She  teaches bassoon at Tennessee State University.  She is a member of the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble 

Kate Affainie is a freelance professional bassoonist and music specialist.  She has a Bachelor from Ball State University and a Master from Cincinnati Conservatory. She has been a music specialist at Granbery Elementary for 20 years. 

Wilson Sharpe is a freelance bassoonist and retired band director from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Wilson has a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and did graduate studies at Ohio State University with Chris Weait. Mr. Sharpe has been a member of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra for 12 years, was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony (6 years), and is a member of the 129th Army National Guard Band in Nashville.

Harold  Skelton performs with various professional and volunteer ensembles around Nashville including the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble, the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashville Wind Ensemble. By day he is a lead product development engineer for Whirlpool Corporation in Lavergne, Tennessee.

Andrew Witherington has performed with orchestras including the Springfield Symphony, Lima Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber, Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Philharmonic, Cleveland Opera, Kentucky Symphony, Louisville, Owensboro Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Witchita Symphony, New World Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, River City Symphony, and Seneca Chamber. Currently he is a free-lance bassoonist residing in Nashville. He too is a member of the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble. 


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