Register now for the 44th International Horn Symposium, May 15-19, 2012, hosted by the College of Music at the University of North Texas. Visit our website to see the list of featured artists, Advisory Council members, contributing artists, and horn choirs who plan to attend. A tentative Symposium schedule is posted as well as on-campus and off-campus housing/meals, maps, FAQs, local attractions, and contact information. If the attendance is strong, the performances in two of our halls will be streamed live around the planet!

Registration and housing will begin on Monday. The Tuesday morning opening ceremony will feature premieres of two horn choir works and conclude with the audience on stage performing works such as Shaw’s arrangement of “The King’s Prayer” from Lohengrin, Rossini’s Fanfare de Chasse, and more. That evening the UNT Wind Symphony, conducted by Eugene Corporon, and including artists in the horn section, will perform American Overture by Jenkins, Strauss Concerto No. 1 (Jennifer Montone), Saint-Säens Morceau de Concert (Bernhard Scully), Festival Variations by Smith, K-ville by Jay Wadenphul (Geoffrey Winter), Hübler’s Concerto for Four Horns (led by Xiaoming Han), and “March” from Symphonic Metamorphoses by Hindemith.

Wednesday, the day of natural horn playing, will begin with two-three simultaneous warm-up sessions, horn choir performances, contributing artists recitals, featured artist recitals, and conclude with a recital of works for horn(s) and strings, with Andrew Clark the headline artist.

Thursday, Dennis Brain’s 91st birthday, with follow the same pattern as Wednesday but include the annual banquet/barbecue (and IHS General Meeting) in the late afternoon. The day will conclude with a performance by the Symposium Orchestra (Julie Landsman, principal horn), conducted by IHS Honorary Member Gunther Schuller. The concert tentatively will include von Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Schuller’s Nocturne, the premiere of a concerto by James Stephenson (Gail Williams), the premiere of a double concerto by Joan Albert Amargós (David Thompson and Zach Glavan), Prelude to Act III of Die Meistersinger, and Schumann’s Konzertstück (led by Gregory Hustis).

Friday’s schedule will begin like Wednesday and Thursday but will include an afternoon of participant’s horn choirs (outdoors if the weather permits). The evening concert will be in UNT’s largest venue, the Main Auditorium, for a performance by the internationally recognized One O’clock Lab Band with featured artists to include Arkady Schilkloper and Thomas Bacon. After intermission the Lab Band, with a section of eight artist hornists will perform several of Stan Kenton’s charts, concluding with a medley from West Side Story. For the final movement (TBA) the entire audience of hornists will join the Lab Band.

Saturday has been declared “Long Horn” Day (longhorns and long horns)! Events will take place in the UNT Student Union Building (inside and outside), with some events in the Main Auditorium, just a 4-minute walk away. Exhibitors from around the world will have the opportunity to show their wares to Texas public school and University hornists, teachers, and directors. The morning will include horn quartet competitions, one for Texas public school students and another for university level students. The late morning will feature demonstrations and rehearsals of alphornists from across the US, led by Professor Peggy DeMers.  The afternoon will include lectures/masterclasses and a jazz recital with Arkady Schilkloper. The Symposium will end with an outdoor (or indoor) horn choir performance, with an alphorn ensemble performance in the middle. We hope to have the largest horn choir in the history of the galaxy – after all, “big” is important to Texans.

Join us for great music making, the opportunity to examine the latest equipment and accessories, and have a lot of fun!

Bill Scharnberg, host

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