The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra shared news that principal bass Ralph Jones died after a long battle with cancer on October 9, 2013. He was 68 years old. He joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1970 and served as principal from 1977 until his retirement at the end of the 2012-13 season. Born in Decatur, Illinois, he graduated from the University of Tulsa. His teachers included Henry Loew, Lew Norton, Anthony Bianco and Paul Rainier-Zepperitz. Ralph maintained a busy teaching studio and was active in the ASO Talent Development Program and outreach programs. He gave master classes at a number of universities, including Northwestern University, Indiana University, the University of Georgia and the Manhattan School of Music. Ralph has also taught privately and was principal bass at the Chautauqua Institute. He was also one of fourteen bassists who gave coast to coast performances of John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol and Orchestra, co-commissioned by the ISB, a consortium of orchestras and the family of the late David Capoccioni in 2006 and 2007. He is survived by his wife Gloria (pictured with Ralph), who is associate principal bass of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and their children Christopher and Shelley.
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