Frank Pitts & THe Unmeasured Quartet
An Evening of Italian Art Song & Jazz
Saturday, February 26th @ 8:00 PM
This concert is also made possible with support from Kaleidoscope Genre Underwriters:
Greg & Deb Bolino, DG Reimagined.
Our Kaleidoscope Genre events embrace concerts that blur genre lines in compelling and unique ways.
In 2019, The Unmeasured Dectet made their Kerrytown Concert House debut, marrying French Baroque music with jazz. Returning to the lab, Brian DiBlassio has teamed up with esteemed bass opera vocalist Frank Pitts to combine Italian Art Song with jazz! They will be joined by local jazz heroes Pete Siers and Kurt Krahnke as well as Joe Wright, veteran tenor saxophonist from the Flint scene.
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COVID-19 Safety Policy for Indoor Concerts
- Moving forward, all patrons and artists who wish to attend or present performances indoors at KCH must provide a valid, complete COVID-19 vaccination card OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the previous 72 hours prior to entry. Such proof must be presented at concert check-in, may be displayed on a smartphone OR presented as a physical copy, and must also be accompanied by a matching, valid ID for verification.**
- Additionally, according to current CDC recommendations, masks are required for audiences inside the House and can only be removed when seated with a beverage (when available). When performing, artists may wear a mask, or not, at their own discretion.
**Proof of vaccination exceptions will be made for children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination. These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours prior to entry.
Frank Pitts is an American bass known for his distinctive, booming voice and consummate musicianship. On the heels of his outstanding success as Simone in Michigan Opera Theater’s 2020 double-bill production of Gianni Schicchi/Buoso’s Ghost, Opera News praised him stating “Frank Pitts’ big, resonant bass lent appropriate gravitas to cousin Simone and anchored the men’s ensemble…”
Previously, Mr. Pitts enjoyed a full and active 2018-2019 season. The predominant focuses were his performances as The Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Reverend Hale in The Crucible, all with the prestigious Berlin Opera Academy in Germany. In May 2019, Mr. Pitts performed as The Peach Checker in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath under the baton of Michael Christie.
Having performed numerous times as featured solo artist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Pitts’ basso profundo was especially noteworthy in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with Teatro Colon’s Maestro Enrique Demieck. While participating in the renowned AIMS program in Graz, Austria, Mr. Pitts performed as bass soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Other favored oratorio works to his credit include the Verdi Requiem, Hayden’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah. Also of note was his outstanding appearance as bass soloist in the beloved Hanukkah Lights for the Flint Symphony Orchestra’s televised “ABC 12 Holiday Pops” in 2017.
Equally successful in both opera and musical theater, Mr. Pitts has performed roles ranging from Don Bartolo in The Barber of Seville and Pooh-Bah in The Mikado to Pulitzer in Newsies and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Also in demand for voice-over work, the bass has served in such capacity as God in Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Grinch in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and other deep bass-speaking roles in musical theater.
Also in demand for his excellence and versatility on the piano as well as his fine conducting ability, Frank Pitts predominantly resides in Flint, Michigan and studies voice with Nada Radakovich.