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Feb. 17, 2006

Grammy-Winning Horn Player Will Give UI Guest Recital March 1

Andrew Pelletier, a Grammy Award-winning horn player and member of the brass faculty of Bowling Green University, will present a free recital with pianist Kazuo Murakami, a University of Iowa graduate student, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Pelletier will perform as a guest of the horn studio in the UI School of Music. During his visit to the UI campus, he will perform the March 1 recital and teach a master class for UI horn students.

Pelletier and Murakami will perform the "Canon in Octave" by Jean Francaix, Paul Hindemith's Sonata for horn and piano and Ryan Nowlin's "Elegy for horn and piano (in Memory of Herbert Spencer)." Pelletier will also perform the Suite for Solo Horn by Christina Laberge. Pelletier and Murakami will be joined by Jeffrey Agrell from the UI School of Music faculty for a performance of Randall Faust's "Three American Folk Songs" for two horns and piano.

Pelletier joined the brass faculty of Bowling Green University in 2004. The first-prize winner of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition, he performs on tour throughout the United States. He appeared as a soloist at the International Horn Society annual symposia in 1997, 2003 and 2005. He is a member of Southwest Chamber Music, with which he won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording in the small ensemble category.

The former principal horn of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Pelletier has performed as principal horn for the Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre, Michigan Symphonietta, Long Beach Camerata, Maine Chamber Ensemble and Portland (Maine) Ballet. His frequently performs with the Toledo and Ann Arbor Symphonies and has also played with the New West Symphony, Portland (Maine) Symphony and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He spent more than seven years as an active freelance performer in Los Angeles and can be heard on film soundtracks for "Lethal Weapon 4," "The X-Men," "Against the Ropes" and "Frequency," as well as television movies for Lifetime TV and the Sci-Fi Channel.

Pelletier holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Maine and a master's and doctorate from the University of Southern California. He has had articles published for the International Horn Society, New York Brass Conference and the Norwegian Horn Society. Before moving to Bowling Green, he taught at the Portland (Maine) Conservatory of Music, University of Southern California and Moorpark College.

Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. He has studied at Kyoto City University of Arts, New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the UI School of Music studying with Uriel Tsachor.

Agrell joined the UI School of Music faculty in 2000 after a 25-year career as symphony musician. At the UI he teaches horn, directs the Horn Choir, teaches introduction to improvisation and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. Widely respected as performer, teacher and composer, Agrell has performed and given clinics and lectures at regional, national and international workshops. He is on the faculty of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong and was recently elected to the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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