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John Tuck ~ Double Bass

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John Tuck is a member of the Lake Forest Symphony, assistant principal bass of the Northwest Indiana Symphony and assistant principal bass of the Des Moines Metro Opera summer festival. He is also a founding member of both the Amadeus Consort, which maintains an active Baroque chamber music series - and Tiempo Tango which performs traditional Argentine tango.

He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller and the Three Tenors. His musical theater experience includes productions at Northlight Theater, Drury Lane Theater, Wagon Wheel Theater (IN) and Peninsula Players Theater (WI), Mr. Tuck has been a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and has been invited as a participant to Spoleto Festival USA, Festival dei due Mondi (Italy) and the Woodstock Mozart Festival.

John Tuck received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Northwestern University School of Music and has taught double bass at Northwestern University's Summer High School Music Institute, Mr. Tuck has maintained a studio of private students since 1989, has coached sectionals for numerous youth orchestras and has given master classes at several universities. John is currently on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago and is the artistic director of the Amadeus Consort.

Complete Resume - (PDF)


Video Recording Clips

Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia: Duet for Violin and Bass

From of the Amadeus Consort chamber series at "Shrine of Christ the King", these are a few choice excerpts of a rather well know duet, usually performed on Violin and Violoncello. The violinist is a wonderful friend, Robert Hanford of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Giovanni Bottesini: Grand Duo Concertant - for Violin and Double Bass -

This is a video of a performance I did with my good friend Edward Pulgar, a violinist currently playing with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. This performance was from one of the free chamber concerts we all volunteered to give during the Des Moines Metro Opera summer festival. Christian Crans, the accompanist, was a rehearsal pianists and assistant conductor for the opera and was gracious enough to fit some rehearsal time in with us, adding to his already heavy opera rehearsal schedule. 

Crawford Gates: Lamentoso, from "Bass Ostentaccio", Op.74 - for Bass and Piano

This video is from a recital celebrating the musical compositions of my colleague Crawford Gates, just prior to him moving away from Beloit, Wisconsin, where he had lived for almost 40 years. Crawford had invited me to come out to Janesville (near Beloit) to perform a movement from a piece he had written for me a number of years earlier. Dr. Gates is the pianist in this video, which was also the only time I have had the honor of performing the piece with him.

Stamitz: Duet for Violin and Violoncello op. 19

From one of Amadeus Consort's chamber concerts at "Shrine of Christ the King", this clip is from a movement of a Karl Stamitz Sonata with Sheila Hanford playing violin. The cello part has been mildly edited to to lay well for the bass.

Chamber Ensemble: Amadeus Consort: Video Page

A number of videos of Amadeus Consort including Chamber Music, works for String Ensemble and Choral works.


Audio Recording Samples

AmadeusConsort (14 piece string ensemble)  

Including photo slideshow

Amadeus String Jazz Quartet (2 Violins, Piano and Bass) 

Including photoslideshow

Amadeus Productions: Amadeus Symphonia

17 piece ensembel: including winds and brass

Gould, Crumb & Piazzolla (Below)

Here are a few samples of some of my favorite music by Morton Gould and George Crumb, as well as a few clips from my tango band Tiempo Tango:  

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MORTON GOULD - BENNY'S GIG - Clarinet and Double Bass
1. Nostalgic
2. Brisk with Drive
3. Brisk
4. Slowly
5. Calypso Serenade
6. Jaunty

GEORGE CRUMB - MADRIGALS -Soproano, Vibraphone and Bass
1. "To see You naked is to remember the earth"
2. "They do not hink of the rain, and they've fallen asleep"
3. "The dead wear mossy wings"

1. Piazzolla - SVP
2. Padula - Nueve de Julia
3. Diaz - Gran Hoetl Victoria
4. Rodriguez - La Cumparsita
5. Troila - Romance de Barrio