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March 18, 2004

BSO Bassist to Discuss Becoming a Professional Musician at Falmouth Forum

Benjamin LevyWOODS HOLE, MA-Benjamin Levy, double-bassist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will present the next Falmouth Forum lecture titled "Covering all my Basses: How I became a Professional Musician" on Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marine Biological Laboratory's (MBL's) Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole. The presentation, sponsored by the
Associates of the Marine Biological Laboratory, is the fifth in the 2003-2004 Falmouth Forum season.

Levy's presentation will be a verbal timeline tracking his development and growth from a young music student, to where he is today, to where he sees himself in the future. The twenty-something Levy will discuss how he first became interested in the bass, the development of his music through his high school years, and the rigors of taking auditions for symphony orchestras. To highlight his progression as a musician throughout his short, but impressive career, Levy will end the lecture by playing a tape of a piece that he submitted for an audition in high school, and then play the same piece live for the audience.

Benjamin Levy is the most recently appointed member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's double-bass section. He was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1980 and grew up in Pennsylvania and Colorado. While in high school, Levy studied with David Potter, and spent two summers studying with Stuart Sankey at the Aspen Music Festival. He has appeared in performance with soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Borromeo String Quartet, and the Hawthorne String Quartet. In 2002, while a Fellow at
the Tanglewood Music Center, Levy was the recipient of the Maurice Schwartz Prize and was reviewed in The New York Times for his distinction in the of Jacob Druckman's "Valentine" for solo double bass. A recent graduate of New England Conservatory, Levy joined the bass section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2003 Tanglewood season. His teachers have included David Potter, Todd Seeber, Timothy Pitts, Paul Ellison, and Stuart Sankey.

Admission to this Falmouth Forum presentation is free and open to the public. A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $16 and must be purchased in person and in advance at either Eight Cousins Children's Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL's Communications Office in the Candle House in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and tickets are only available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. All tickets are nonrefundable. For more information contact the MBL's Communications Office at 508-289-7423.

Author Devra Lee Davis will present the final Falmouth Forum of the 2003-2004 season on Friday, April 30. Davis will speak about her critically acclaimed book, When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of
Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution

The MBL Associates were founded in 1944 to provide an opportunity for friends of the Laboratory, both scientists and non-scientists, to support the MBL. Over the years the Associates have taken on a wide range of projects, including providing fellowships for young scientists, supporting the MBL WHOI Library, renovating the Lillie Auditorium, and landscaping the Whitman-Loeb quadrangle on the Woods Hole campus. The Associates also help bring the work of the Laboratory to a broader
public by sponsoring the Falmouth Forum Series and operating the MBL Gift Shop. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Laboratory.

The Marine Biological Laboratory is an internationally known, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere.