Undergraduate and graduate members of the University of Arizona’s Betty Katzen Horn Studio will present a special concert at 4:00 p.m. Friday (Oct. 28) at the Arizona Senior Academy. Their ASA appearance is part of the 10 performers’ preparation for a December trip to Germany, where they have been invited to take master classes with French horn players from the world famous Berlin Philharmonic.

Members of the Betty Katzen Horn Studio at the University of Arizona pose with their professor, Daniel Katzen (left).
Members of the Betty Katzen Horn Studio at the University of Arizona pose with their professor, Daniel Katzen (left).

The invitation came about after the Philharmonic’s musicians heard the students play in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Daniel Katzen, the UA professor who directs the Horn Studio, explained how it came about: “After our last concert, members of the Berlin Philharmonic’s horn section, professional friends of mine for years, invited us to bring the students to Germany for private master classes, and to observe the orchestra’s rehearsals and attend concerts in the famed Berlin Philharmonie concert hall. This incredible opportunity to work with arguably the most well-respected orchestra in the world was too good to pass up.”

Each student will receive tutelage from the four Berlin Philharmonic Horn Quartet members in what is called a “master class” (meisterkurs). The entire group is present as each student plays for the master, and then receives comments about how to play better, then gets a chance at improving.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for the Horn Studio, and the ASA is delighted to be able to support their efforts to raise funds for travel expenses, expected to total nearly $50,000.

As is our normal custom, there will be no charge for admission to this concert. Donations are non-obligatory but would be most welcome and appreciated.

Katzen said the ASA program will include new compositions being written specifically for the group’s concert tour of Hamburg and Berlin, plus some new pieces not played last year when a Horn Studio quartet performed at the ASA.

Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

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