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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, will be:

-- 8 p.m. Friday, April 11: Participating Artists' Recital, with nine solo artists and horn choirs from the UI and the University of Northern Iowa;

-- 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 Horn Club;

-- 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12: Participating Artists' Recital, with six solo artists;

-- 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 (319) 335-1652.

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 Mott.

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Midwest Regional Horn Workshop

Voxman Music Building

Workshop Schedule


Friday, April 11

6:00 p.m. Voxman Hall Horn Choir Reading Session

8:00 p.m. Clapp Recital Hall Participating Artists' Recital

Saturday, April 12

8:30 a.m. Voxman Hall and

Choral Room Mock Orchestra Auditions

10:00 a.m. Harper Hall "Approaching New Music," lecture by William Purvis

11:00 a.m. Clapp Recital Hall Horn Choir Concert

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' Recital

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