The UA Betty Katzen Horn Studio will present its fourth annual “Horn ensembles Large and Small” concert at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday, January 28. The program, under the direction of Associate Professor of Horn Daniel Katzen, will include music by Basler, Beethoven, Davis, Kallstrom, reicha, Schenl and Shaw.
The musicians are all UA student members of the Katzen Horn Studio, including Chris Blanco, Kate Canady, Kaitlin Dickson, Katherine Fackrell, Josh Floyd, Sean Gale, Brian Godshall, Michelle Heusser, Mike Mesner, Kevin O’Brien and Robert Palmer.
As a performance training school, the UA School of Music presents more than 300 concerts annually. According to Katzen, the greater the number of public appearances, the stronger the performing skills become in the students, many of whom aspire to perform professionally in their music careers.
“Horn players generally stick together,” Katzen said, “and enjoy merging their sounds with each other. The opportunity to perform in both small and large groups gives them experience in the various needs and differences each group presents.”
Katzen, himself a professional horn player formerly with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, often refers to the difficulty of developing proficiency and high performance excellence on the instrument. But composers from Bach to Copland have admired and plumbed the wide range of the instrument. According to composer Robert Schumann, “The sound of the horn is the soul of the orchestra.”
Submitted by Donald J. Behnke, Academy Village Volunteer