Basso in Concert

The Low End Gets To Play

Basso in Concert
Barbara Blaker Krumdieck ~ Baroque Cello
Robbie Link ~ Baroque Cello, Viola da Gamba, Violone
John O’Brien ~ Harpsichord, Violin, Flute

Chamber music by Bach, Ortiz, Gabrieli, Vitali et al

Two Performances:

The Music House
408 West 5th St., Greenville, NC
Admission Free but Reservation Required
Reservations: (252) 328-4137
Saturday April 18, 2009 7:00 pm

Harmony Hall
109 E King St., Kinston, NC
Sunday April 19, 2009 2:30 pm

Recent Reviews

Recent Reviews of Performances or Recordings I’ve Participated In

Many of these are from Classical Voice of North Carolina,
an excellent resource for upcoming events and reviews of events.

The Messiah at Duke Chapel – 12/6/09 – This is my favorite annual event. Review at cvnc.org

Choral Society of Durham – 3/1/09 – Fairly large orchestra for this one. Review at cvnc.org

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle – 2/22/09 – I got called in when their bassist broke her arm. Review at cvnc.org

Ciompi Quartet and guests – 2/14/09 – Schubert Octet – I get special mention in paragraph six. Thanks, John! Review at cvnc.org

Bio – Medium

Bio for Robbie Link
2512 Mount Sinai Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
robbie@robbielink.com
919-442-8051

ROBBIE LINK is a performer and teacher on the double bass, cello, electric bass, viola da gamba, and violone. Link performs and records with many period instrument, chamber, jazz, and folk music ensembles and enjoys performing everything from Baroque to Bluegrass. He has taught at Duke University, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and East Carolina University. He currently maintains a private teaching studio near Chapel Hill, NC. Link attended the School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has performed with The Bach Sinfonia, North Carolina Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Ensemble Vermillian, and Ensemble Courant as well as with many jazz notables including Maxine Sullivan, Tal Farlow, Mose Alison, Mark Murphy, Carol Sloane, Margaret Whiting, Bobby Enriquez, Joanne Brackeen, and Scott Hamilton and appears on over 75 recordings.

Bio – Short

Bio for Robbie Link
2512 Mount Sinai Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
robbie@robbielink.com
919-442-8051
ROBBIE LINK is a performer and teacher on the double bass, cello, electric bass, viola da gamba, and violone. Link performs and records with many period instrument, chamber, jazz, and folk music ensembles and enjoys performing everything from Baroque to Bluegrass. He maintains a private teaching studio near Chapel Hill, NC. 

Don’t Get Me Started

It’s too late. I’ve started. Upcoming rants and raves have started brewing in my head. I’m a slow writer – it can take me hours to do a post. Things that keep me up at 3:00 – the fretting hour:

  • Freelancing and Contractors – fear and loathing in the music world. No, I’m not going to rewrite Blair’s Book but I’ve got a few thoughts about this.
  • When is it time to get out of the way of the “hot, young players”? (and when did I get so old?)
  • How do you figure out when you’re wearing too many hats and starting to not look good in any of them? Focusing on a career instead of being jack of all trades, master of none.
  • Is the pencil mightier than the computer? When a fascination with technology gets in the way of creativity and productivity.
  • Floods of memories about places and people not thought of in years when an old friend finds you on the net.

OK. I’ve dared myself. Stay tuned. But time is scarce so don’t hold your breath. Give me a year or so.

Cassandra’s Nightmare

Cassandra’s Nightmare by Kitty Mitchell

Friend Kitty Mitchell sent this back in July and I meant to put it up then but never got back to it.
Many on Ocracoke Island are opposed to offshore drilling for oil and Kitty paints the picture well.
Here’s what she said back in July – some things have changed since then, obviously, but the issue
still needs to be addressed strongly.

I know I’ve stepped in it this time, but I don’t care. The visions come for a reason so I’m passing it on. My newest painting is a post card to Senators Dole & Burr, and also to Congressman Walter Jones, and to Mr. McCrory. Three cheers to Bev Perdue who is the ONLY candidate so far that has refused to endorse off shore drilling. This will not be good for our economy. We have a thriving tourist and fishing industry that does not need to invest our resources in old polluting technologies when we are so capable of doing better for ourselves, our children and our planet. We have more wind than oil, it’s ours and it can’t be shipped to China. Feel free to use this image to save our coast, I only ask for artistic credit.
Painting by Kitty Martin Mitchell

 Painting by Kitty Mitchell