Double bassist Adriane Benvenuti Irving joined the Apollo Orchestra during our third season. Concurrent with her Apollo performances, Adriane serves as Principal Bassist of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, a position she's held for the past thirty-two seasons. She has been a member of the Annapolis Symphony for 33 seasons, as well as a past Principal Bassist of the Prince George's Philharmonic. She is an active free-lance musician, performing extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Pennsylvania. "I really enjoy it when Ray & I perform in concert together, as well as playing duets and chamber music together", says Adriane. Prior to coming to Maryland, Adriane performed with the Omaha Symphony (where she met & married fellow bassist & stand partner Raymond Irving) and the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska, the Sioux City Symphony in Iowa, the Lansing & Flint Symphonies in Michigan, as well as with Michigan Opera Theater. She has also performed in Switzerland, in Italy with the Metropolitan Opera soprano Licia Albanese, and at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in opera performances with the legendary basso Jerome Hines. Adriane's bass teachers include Virginia Bodman at Michigan State University (Go Spartans!), Harold Robinson, William Vaughan, and Mark Morton. Adriane also studied piano for 8 years and continues to enjoy playing and accompanying. Adriane enjoys attending ballet and contemporary dance concerts (thanks for your influence there, Mom!) as well as a wide range of musical performances, especially opera (thanks, Dad!). She also enjoys singing (my dad was a marvelous baritone who led his own dance band) in contemporary church ensembles and choirs, and participating in bible studies. She is an avid bowler, bowling in 2 morning leagues every week (throwing that 15 pound ball is good strength training!) and enjoys long walks outdoors with friends. "I hope to continue playing bass for quite a while, especially with such fine musicians as my colleagues in the Apollo Orchestra!".