Kalistos Chamber Orchestra
2003-2004  Season Concert No. 4
May 21, 2004 Friday 8 pm


For more information:
Sasha Callahan


Boston, MA (March 8, 2004) – The Boston-based Kalistos Chamber Orchestra’s final concert of the 2003-2004 season features Edwin Barker, the principal bassist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Barker will be our third featured soloist of the season who is also a teacher to KCO's own Brian Perry.  Three of four concerts this season has featured teachers of KCO members. 

The concert will also celebrate our two year anniversary by revisiting Osvaldo Golijov's Last Round which was programmed on our inaugural concert on May 19, 2002.  Through the past two seasons both KCO and Mr. Golijov have enjoyed a large amount of success.  We owe our thanks to composers like Osvaldo Golijov for giving us such great repertoire to explore with our audience.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students/ senior citizens, and are available at the door or by calling 617-393-1960.

Kalistos Chamber Orchestra featuring guest artist Edwin Barker, Principal Bassist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Van Brink    New piece [World Premiere]
Edvard Grieg        Holberg Suite
Ernst Bloch        Prayer with Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony
Ernst Bloch        Suite Hebraique with Edwin Barker
Osvaldo Golijov        Last Round

8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 21, 2004.

St Paul Church
15 St Paul Street
Brookline, MA 02466

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About Kalistos
Kalistos Chamber Orchestra was formed in the winter of 2002 by a group of Boston area musicians brought together by their common love of music and a desire to contribute to the community.  These players share a willingness to bring their varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences together in a collaborative environment, creating an orchestra that is democratic in its artistic direction.  The group is fully rotational both musically and administratively, allowing each member an opportunity to explore a broad range of responsibilities and roles.  For more information visit

Directions to St Paul church
Corner of St. Paul and Aspinwall Sts. Near Brookline Village T-stop, Harvard St., and Beacon St., on-street parking

From Boston: From Commonwealth Avenue or Beacon Street turn south on St. Paul St to the corner of Aspinwall Avenue.
From Rt. 9: In Brookline Village, turn north onto Harvard St. Turn right onto Aspinwall Avenue and the church will be directly in front of you.

Green Line C: From the St. Paul Street stop walk up St. Paul Street, past Longwood Avenue, to the corner of Aspinwall Avenue.
Green Line D: From the Brookline Village stop, walk up Station Street, right onto Harvard Street, through Brookline Village to the light at Aspinwall, right onto Aspinwall Avenue.

For more info please contact us at
617 393 1960 or email info@kalistos.org

Ticket Prices
Adults $20
Students with valid ID $10

Guest Artists' bio

coming soon...
until then a recent article featuring Ed Barker

Barker's transcriptions get Bach to the bassists

By Eric McHenry

The key to transcribing cello compositions for the        
double bass, says Edwin Barker, is the key.

Barker, who is principal double bassist for the Boston         
Symphony Orchestra, has adapted Bach's Suites for Cello Unaccompanied         
Numbers 1, 2, and 3 for his instrument. He'll play them on February 6         
at the Tsai Performance Center.

"I spent a lot of time thinking about this repertoire,"         
says Barker, an SFA teaching associate. "I even went so far as to learn         
some of these suites in several different keys before I arrived at a key        
 that was comfortable on the double bass. The real trick is to find a transcription         
in a key that is true to the integrity of the double bass, that is idiomatic         
on the instrument, without sacrificing the tonal richness you would hear         
in an original cello performance."

Seeking that richness, Barker says, led him to makes some surprising choices. For example, he deemed A major the most appealing key for the first suite. The music, therefore, will sound a step higher than it would if performed on a cello.

"And the reason for that is the resonance," he says."I apologize to cellists. I actually agonized over this for a long time.  As I said, I learned the piece in three different keys before I arrived at this one. It just sounds best in A major; it's as simple as that."

In the second suite, by contrast, Barker's rendering in B minor will sound decidedly lower than a performance from the Samuel Sterling edition -- the most frequently used transcription for double bass.

"I feel that I can actually play more of the notes in the chords using this key," he says. "My desire is not so much to imitate a cello -- it's to try to make the best use of the sound of the double bass."

Making the correct key choice, Barker adds, is by no means the only challenge posed by adaptation. In performing the suites on the double bass, he must also concern himself with capturing a particular resonance that the cello, because of its tuning, possesses. And he must be sensitive to the nuances of the Bach compositions. These potentially rich rewards for the listener, he says, compound the difficulties faced by the transcriber.

"Bach is so profound on so many levels," says Barker. "There's an inherent elegance to the writing. It's very contrapuntal. There are voicings that have to be understood and dealt with. It could be a lifetime of study.

"And of course there's nothing in the original double bass repertoire that's even remotely comparable. So performing the Bach is a real undertaking. It's very rare to have a double bassist play a series of Bach cello suites together in one program."

Barker doesn't speak lightly when he uses a term such as "lifetime of study." An accomplished solo, ensemble, and orchestral performer, he was appointed the BSO's principal double bassist in 1976, at age 22. He performed the world premiere of James Yannatos' Bass Concerto,          written for him, with ALEA III and later with the Boston-based contemporary music ensemble Collage. In 1995, he was chosen by Maestro Sir Georg Solti to lead the bass section of the United Nations Orchestra, Musicians of the World. In addition to BU, Barker is a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center and the New England Conservatory.

"Not only does Edwin Barker have what it takes to lead the Boston Symphony's double bass section," Richard Buell wrote in the Boston Globe, "in a solo capacity he can make that famously unwieldy instrument bearable, plausible; nay, downright compelling . . . What class!"

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Bios of Musicians

Antonaneta Anguelova
Sasha Callahan
Adda Kridler
Andrew Eng
Lydia Peno*

Nikola Takov
Viktoria Tchertchian
Angel Valchinov*
Miwako Yamanaka*

Shannon Farrel*
Dimitar Petkov
Bradley Ottesen

Pierre-Alain Bouvrette*

Philip Boulanger*
Leo Eguchi
Leah Johnson*

Brian "Commodore"

Randy Ziegler*

Chris Younghoon Kim

* denotes guest artist
Musicians list will be updated soon...

Our past concerts
2003-2004 season

October 9, 2003

November 20, 2003

February 17, 2004

May 21, 2004

2002-2003 season

May 19, 2002

September 27, 2002 

November 1, 2002

March 14, 2003

May 9, 2003

Phillips Exeter Residency
February 17-18, 2003

Dean College Concert
February 22, 2003



 Origin of Kalistos:
Callisto   n.
Greek Mythology. A nymph, beloved of Zeus and hated by Hera. Hera changed her into a bear, and Zeus then placed her in the sky as the constellation Ursa Major. One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the eighth in distance from the planet. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is the largest planetary satellite.
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