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March 16, 2006

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Four Hornsmen Ride Into Harper Hall March 27

The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, a quartet of horn players who play everything from Bach to the Beatles to P.D.Q. Bach, will present a free guest concert at the University of Iowa at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse was started in 1997 as a student quartet at the University of Southern Mississippi. The four members are Paul Blackstone, Audrey J. Good, Tony L. Licata Jr. and Gerald Wood.

Except for a few original pieces for horn quartet, most of their repertoire comprises arrangements -- particularly of popular music and the classics. The program for March 27 will be:

  • Fugue in A Minor by J.S. Bach, transcribed by Ralph Lockwood;
  • "Le Petit Negre" by Claude Debussy;
  • Entrance Fanfare by Robert Dickow;
  • "Lustige Streiche" (Hearty jokes) by Herman Jeurissen;
  • "Cinq Nouvelles" (Five novelties) by Jan Koetsier
  • Lennon/ McCartney's "Eleanor Rigby," arranged by Lee Bracegirdle;
  • "Intuitions for Horn Quartet" by Kazimierz Machala;
  • the Overture to Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," arranged by. KerryTurner;
  • the Overture from "Die Fledermaus" (The bat) by Johann Strauss, arranged by Gerald Wood;
  • "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tchesnokov, arranged by Gerald Wood; and
  • "Quartet 1" by Kerry Turner.

In the past year, the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse performed at the 2006 Southeast Horn Workshop in Natchitoches, Louisiana, the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival in Dowogiac, Mich., the Second Sunday concert on WILL FM in Champaign/Urbana, Ill., and on tour to colleges and universities in the mid-South. This season, they are taking their show to 13 states, including their longest tour ever across the Southeastern and Midwestern United States.

The quartet seeks to expose its audience to an array of musical styles. They play transcriptions of music by classical composers; light-hearted numbers and even humorous pieces by composers such as P.D.Q. Bach and Herman Jeurissen; and traditional staples of the horn quartet repertoire. They branch out from the traditional by performing arrangements of choral music, pop tunes, jazz and even bagpipe music!

More information, including photos of the group and individual biographies, may be found at their official website,, as well as their Myspace page,

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;