I got to see Timothy Pitts, Houston Symphony Principal Bassist and Rice Faculty member play Mozarts Requiem up close Monday along with Rice Student Christopher Laven. Superb performance by the Rice Chorale and Chamber Orchestra and superb playing by both bassists. I guess what blew me away about Pitts was how effortless he made it seem. Very little finger motion,lightning fast shifts, absolutely precise phrasing. Could not see his bowing or Christopher's playing from my seat. Feeling very humbled.