Hilton Head Symphony dedicates piece in memory of Steve Rickett

September 18, 2014

Posted by Peter Berquist:

On October 4, 2010 the Hilton Head Symphony played the opening concert of its 2010-11 season. Steve had been a long time member of the bass section. The last piece on the program was the Brahms Second Piano Concerto, and it was dedicated in Steve’s memory. I was asked to say a few words, and here is what I had prepared:

Dedication to Steve Rickett

October 4, 2010

The music community in this region suffered a great loss with the passing this summer of our friend and colleague Steve Rickett. Steve was a long time member of this orchestra’s bass section, and was a member of the Savannah Symphony for 25 years. At one time or another he played with practically every orchestra in the Southeast.

Brahms was a favorite composer of Steve’s, and he liked to point out that Brahms’ father was a bass player, which explains why the bass parts are so interesting and fun to play. Steve’s father was also a bass player and conductor of the Greenville, SC Symphony. So Steve grew up with this music and he dedicated his life to it.

Therefore it is fitting that we dedicate the Brahms Second Piano Concerto in memory of our friend Steve.

I also mentioned that one of Steve’s favorite sayings was “composer, conductor, bass section”.

One comment

  1. That’s touching and insightful. Thank you so much…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: