The concert will conclude with a mass horn ensemble featuring all the hornists
participating in the symposium.
If the hornist
chooses to play the optional parts in the upper octave, the instrument is frequently taken up to written c[?
The Faculty Artist Series performance will also feature string players Fritz Gearhart, Leslie Straka, Lillie Wells and Andy Kolb; clarinetists Michael Anderson and Cindi Bartels; bassoonists Steve Vacchi and Helena Kopchick; hornist
Jeanie Neven; and pianist David Riley.
As the hornist
walks onstage, the lights are raised and the still-meterless horn line becomes more active, culminating in a frantic section that highlights the horn's agility.
And enthusiasm for the National Youth Orchestra bubbles unstoppably from the two players I met, 18-year-old violinist Susanna Quirke from Sutton Coldfield, who has just completed her A-levels at King Edward's School for Girls just over the road from the university, and who is hoping to study Classics at Oxford, and 17-year-old French hornist
Ed Spencer from Wimbledon.
Another composer's 100th birthday wasmarked to the very day, but this one, thankfully, is still actively writing: Elliott Carter, whose Horn Concerto here received its British premiere from the expert lips and lungs of the CBSO's principal hornist
Musicians include trumpeters Dave Bender and Tim Clarke; trombonists Ron Bertucci and Glenn Griffith; and hornist
The horn sonata was written in 1800 for the most famous hornist
of the time, Johann Wenzel Stich, who Italianized his name to the more euphonious Giovanni Punto.
From 1996 to 2001, Karpushkin worked as soloist with the Great Symphony Orchestra and was principal hornist
at the Russian State Chamber Orchestra.
Another prominent musician with Walsall connections (his family of eminent musical forebears - hornist
father Frank, violist uncle Herbert and renowned conductor uncle Edward - all were born there) is the Hagleybased composer Andrew Downes, whose latest opera, Far from the Madding Crowd, receives its Midland's premiere on Wednesday at St James' Church in Wednesbury.
Primordial Fantasy" is virtually a concerto for a nine-piece chamber orchestra; performers include pianist Marcantonio Barone, oboist Moore, clarinetist Wayne Bennett, hornist
Ellen Campbell, percussionists Sean Wagoner and Tracy Freeze, violist Lucktenberg, cellist Pologe and bassist Tyler Abbott.
And the sense of ensemble was tremendous, with emerging solos of fabulous quality too numerous to mention, though hornist
Alison Bach, flautist Adam Powell, clarinettist Suzanne Clare and bassoonist Louisa Denby deserve to be named as representatives of their other gifted young colleagues.
The Arrieu Wind Quintet (flutist Alice Burke, oboist Annalisa Morton, clarinetist Carol Robe, hornist
Matt Monroe and bassoonist Mike Curtis) will play music by Astor Piazzolla, Georges Bizet, Igor Stravinsky, Henry Cowell, Gunther Schuller and George Gershwin.
The resulting effect was one of organic symphonic unity, with the piano almost as an obbligato instrument within the orchestra, Berezovsky complemented by wonderful solos from hornist
Elspeth Dutch and cellist Eduardo Vassallo (the latter in a fluent, eloquent andante which allowed no time for lingering ruminations).
Elspeth Dutch was not above the occasional accident here, but her lip-control in the Prologue and offstage Epilogue (all on natural notes) was impressive.