The 2016 Graduate Student Horn Quartet members are (from left) Jason Pfiester, Daniel Katzen, Zachary van Gluten, Macauley Manzano.
The 2016 Graduate Student Horn Quartet members are (from left) Jason Pfiester, Daniel Katzen, Zachary van Gluten, Macauley Manzano.

Sometimes the stars align, and things come together in perfect harmony.

Such is the case these days at the Betty Katzen Horn Studio at the University of Arizona. Members of the Arizona Senior Academy and fellow music lovers are the beneficiaries Tuesday (Feb. 2), when the studio’s Graduate Student Quartet plays an 11:30 a.m. concert at the ASA.

“It’s an unusual event when there are multiple fine horn players in the UA BKHS,” said UA horn Professor Daniel Katzen, whose family endowed the studio to honor his late mother, Betty Katzen.  “This year we have a wealth of very strong and eager players from freshmen to doctoral level.”

On offer will be music by Albeniz, Bach, Beethoven, Martin, Mozart, D. Scarlatti, Shaw, Wagner, Weber and others.

“Having advanced grad horn players allows us to work on more difficult literature,” said Katzen. Tuesday’s program, he noted, includes some pieces originally written for horns—including one by composer/hornist Zachary van Houten—and others transcribed from other instruments’ libraries (that is, from the literature for string quartet and symphonic orchestra). There will be folk tunes, and “there’s even a symphonic tone-poem,” Katzen said.

Katzen himself will round out the quartet. The other players are Macauley Manzano, a Master of Music candidate in Horn Performance, from Chula Vista, Calif.; Jason Pfiester, an M.M. candidate in Horn Performance, from Greenwood, Ind.; and Zachary van Houten, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Composition with a minor in Horn Performance, from Provo, Utah.

Katzen, former second horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has high hopes for the students who will play at the ASA on Tuesday. “In my 40-plus-year teaching career, I have succeeded in helping dozens of horn players find and keep jobs in major and minor orchestras and universities,” he said. “I have no doubt that these gentlemen will follow in their footsteps.”

Written by Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer

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