'Cabaret of Souls'
4/26/2009 (updated 9/29/2012)

World-renowned double bassist
and long time RT colleague and friend Danny Thompson
will be a featured artist at the International Society of Bassists 2009
convention in State College, Pennsylvania.

In honor of the occasion,
Richard Thompson
has composed a song cycle featuring the double bass.

On the evening of June 10, 2009, at the State Theatre,
Richard and Danny will be joined on stage by
Harry Shearer, Judith Owen, Debra Dobkin,
and string and vocal ensembles to debut
Cabaret of Souls, a musical chronicle of a talent contest set in Hell.

The ISB is a non-profit organization, and in order
to raise funds for this undertaking, they have launched the
"Friends of Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson" pledge drive,
offering wonderful premiums in exchange for your tax-deductible donations.

For all details, please visit:

And yes, a limited number of tickets will be available to the public for this one-time performance. Contact Madeleine Crouch at to purchase.

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The International Society of Bassists (ISB), a non-profit 501(C)(3) educational organization of performers, teachers, students, makers and fans of the double bass, has launched a new music initiative for its biennial convention. For these "Outside the Box" commission, the ISB invites well known performer/composers outside the world of the double bass but with significant ties to the instrument to write a composition featuring the double bass in a prominent role. The first of these chamber works was by clarinetist Don Byron, who wrote "Beautiful Insults in Random Order," and gave the world premiere performance with Bang on a Can All Stars double bassist Robert Black at Oklahoma City University in June, 2007.

Now the ISB has asked the singer, songwriter and composer Richard Thompson to create a song cycle that will feature his long-time friend and colleague, bassist Danny Thompson (no relation). The new chamber work will be performed at Penn State University in State College, PA, on June 10, 2009. It will also be Danny Thompson's eagerly awaited ISB convention debut. Danny will be featured on the cover and interviewed in the April 2009 issue of The Strad, the world's leading magazine dedicated to string instrument performance, in celebration of his 70th birthday.

This performance and community commission will not only introduce Richard and Danny to new audiences, but also serve as a testament to their lasting friendship and long musical collaboration. Richard and Danny are donating their time and talent to this exciting musical project. Your tax deductible donation will make you a part of bringing Richard, Danny and their wonderful fellow musicians together from across the U.S. - and across the ocean - to perform for audience members traveling to Penn State University from over 25 countries.