The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is mourning the passing of Douglas Sommer, 54. Sommer, who played bass, died Feb. 27 of cancer.
Here is a release from the ASO about the loss. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution should have more details shortly:
We are deeply saddened to say goodbye to a talented artist, inspiring teacher, and true friend. Following a courageous battle with cancer, bassist Douglas Sommer passed away this week.
Doug was a part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) family for 25 years —since 1989— and will be greatly missed. We will honor Doug’s memory during the concerts on March 13, 15, and 16 when Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles are both with the Orchestra.
With an inspiring commitment to education, Doug served as a longtime faculty member in the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program, and also was the program’s faculty lead for a year. In addition, he coached students in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, was