It’s kind of wonderful when a musical instrument looks like the sound it produces. Take the horn, for example. Its tone is as warm, gleaming and curvaceous as the instrument itself.
At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 30) you can hear those qualities on the ASA stage, as the horn comes front and center in a program called “The Romantic Horn with Oboe and Piano.”
Johanna Lundy, principal horn with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a musician whose resume includes fine orchestras and fabulous festivals here and abroad, is the headliner. For this recital, which she calls a sort of “Johanna Lundy and Friends” event, she brings along with her two colleagues from the TSO, David Barford, principal oboe; and Paula Fan, piano. Fan is a frequent presence and a favorite on the ASA stage.
“While I have performed with Paula in several recital settings,” Lundy said, “this will be the first time for the three of us to perform chamber music together. I am excited to bring this program as my Academy Village solo debut. I performed a concert at AV with the TSO wind quintet several years ago.”
Lundy opens the program with works featuring the horn alone or with piano. Her alluring appetizer is British composer Alan Abbott’s short “Alla Caccia” (horn and piano), declarative and then mellow and melodious. She follows it with solo selections from J.S. Bach’s “Suite No. 3” and segues to selections from Romantic composer Charles Gounod’s “Six Melodies for Horn and Piano.”
The second half of the program features the three players together in Carl Reinecke’s “Trio in A Minor, Op. 188.”
“This trio follows traditional forms in a Romantic style, highlighting the unique sound characteristics of the three instruments,” said Lundy.
Written by Susan Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer