CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Midwest Horn Workshop at UI will feature public concerts April 11-13
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nearly 200 horn players are expected to gather in
Iowa City for the Midwest Regional Horn Workshop, hosted by University
of Iowa Music Professor Kristin Thelander and the UI School of Music, Friday
through Sunday, April 11-13.
The workshop, including lectures, music reading sessions, master classes
for performers and three levels of student competition, is open by paid
registration to horn players, students, teachers and interested fans of
horn music. But the high points of the workshop for both participating
horn players and for local music audiences will be a series of free public
concerts, featuring solo artists, horn choirs, and the UI Chamber Orchestra.
The public concerts, all of them in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus,
-- 8 p.m. Friday, April 11: Participating Artists' Recital, with nine
solo artists and horn choirs from the UI and the University of Northern
-- 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12: Horn Choir Concert, with horn choirs
from the University of Illinois, University of Eastern Kentucky, Lawrence
University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the Des Moines
-- 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12: Participating Artists' Recital, with six
-- 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12: Concert by the UI Chamber Orchestra directed
by UI graduate student Carey Bostian, with featured guest soloists William
Purvis, Roger Kaza, Nancy Cochran-Block and Jack Herrick; and
-- 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13: Guest Artists' Horn Recital, performed by
featured guest soloists Purvis and Kaza with pianist Patti Wolf.
According to Thelander, who teaches horn at the UI School of Music,
two events during the weekend will be of particular value to horn students.
There will be a solo competition for students on the high school, college
undergraduate, and graduate student levels. The three winners will have
the opportunity to participate in a Sunday morning master class with featured
artist William Purvis.
There is also a mock orchestral audition, giving players the chance
to undergo the same process they would face in auditions for professional
horn playing jobs. The winners of the mock auditions will participate in
a master class with featured artist Roger Kaza on Saturday afternoon.
Thelander said: "These competitions not only allow us to recognize
the outstanding student horn players here in the Midwest, they also give
an opportunity for all the students in the region to prepare for an important
aspect of professional life."
A prominent horn player on the New York musical scene, guest artist
William Purvis is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orpheus
Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the noted contemporary ensemble
Speculum Musicae. He has appeared at the Tanglewood, Caramoor, Salzburg,
Schleswig-Holstein, Perlada and Kitakyushu music festivals, and performed
with the BBC in London.
Purvis has recorded Mozart's Horn Concertos nos. 2 and 3 and the Sinfonia
Concertante for winds and orchestra, and horn trios by Brahms, Ligeti and
Charles Wuorinen. An advocate of the music of our times, he has presented
many U.S. and world premieres. He is currently on the faculties of the
State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Juilliard School.
Guest artist Roger Kaza joined the Houston Symphony in 1995, having
played previously with the St. Louis, Vancouver and Boston Symphonies.
He was principal horn of the Boston Pops orchestra under noted conductor
and film-music composer John Williams.
The son of two musicians, Kaza received his first musical training on
the piano, and he continues to perform as a pianist. He has also studied
composition with Tomas Svoboda and conducting with Leonard Slatkin and
Gunther Schuller. He has appeared as horn soloist with the Vancouver and
St. Louis symphonies, among others.
The individual registration fee for the workshop is $30. One-day registration
is available at $15 for Saturday or $12 for Sunday. Registration will be
available in the lobby of Clapp Recital Hall throughout the workshop, or
can be purchased in advance . To receive a workshop brochure and registration
form, or for any additional information, contact Dr. Kristin Thelander,
Voxman Music Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242; or call
The 1997 Midwest Regional Horn Workshop is sponsored by the UI School
of Music and the International Horn Society and is supported in part by
a major gift from Angelo C. Garzio in honor of his horn teacher, Bernhard
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Midwest Regional Horn Workshop
Voxman Music Building
Friday, April 11
6:00 p.m. Voxman Hall Horn Choir Reading Session
8:00 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall Participating
Saturday, April 12
8:30 a.m. Voxman Hall and
Choral Room Mock
10:00 a.m. Harper Hall "Approaching
New Music," lecture by William Purvis
11:00 a.m. Clapp Recital Hall Horn
1:30 p.m. Harper Hall Master class
with Roger Kaza, featuring mock audition winners
2:30 p.m. Voxman Hall Horn Choir reading session
Harper Hall, Choral
Room and Opera
Rehearsal Room Solo Competitions
4:00 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall Participating Artists'
8:00 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall Concert by UI Chamber
Orchestra, Carey Bostian conductor, with William Purvis, Nancy Cochran-Block,
Jack Herrick and Roger Kaza, horn soloists
Sunday, April 13
8:45 a.m. Voxman Hall Horn Choir reading session
10:00 a.m. Harper Hall "Excerpts: Music Minus
One Orchestra," lecture by Roger Kaza
11:00 a.m. Harper Hall Master class with William Purvis,
featuring solo competition winners
2:00 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall Guest Artists Recital:
Roger Kaza and William Purvis, horn, and Patti Wolf, piano