HornStar 220x147Hosted by Andrew Bain and Annie Bosler, the 47th International Horn Symposium takes place at the Colburn School in the heart of downtown Los Angeles from August 2 - 8, 2015.  I had a chance to chat with IHS LA 2015 co-host Annie Bosler about the upcoming week. Check it out!


Jeff: How did you arrive on this year’s theme?

Annie: This year's theme, “Then and Now," is a celebration and reflection of the horn's role across time. The theme was Andrew Bain’s idea and very fitting for an event of this kind in Los Angeles. The last IHS workshop was held in LA in 1979, so it has been 36 years since masses of horn players have gathered in LA. There are many great lectures and recitals planned around this theme! In addition, we plan to showcase the role of the horn in a city rich in film music history.

Jeff: What are some highlights of the week?

Annie: Wow! Well there is so much going on it is hard to pick some highlights.

  • The Grammy Award Winning Big Phat Band featuring Richard Todd and Arkady Shilkloper along with special guest Stefan de Leval Jezierski will kick off the week at the opening ceremonies.
  • Andrew Bain will perform several new commissions for horn.
  • Live Horn Hangouts with Sarah Willis!
  • Solo Performances by Radek Baborák, Gail Williams, Stefan Dohr, James Thatcher, Tim Jones, Richard Todd, Andrej Zust, and more!
  • The horn sections of the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and American Horn Quartet will all be in the same place at the same time and performing!
  • Ghengis Barbie will be rocking out in a cool venue in Little Tokyo.
  • On Tuesday, 8/4 there will be a Hollywood Bowl Concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by James Gaffigan. Program includes:
    • Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra
    •      Stefan Dohr, horn
    •      Andrew Bain, horn
    •      Timothy Jones, horn
    •      Sarah Willis, horn
    • Strauss’ Rosenkavalier Suite
    • Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel
  • Hollywood Horn Day on Wednesday, 8/5 is dedicated to the history of horn in Los Angeles. Artists include Jim Thatcher, Richard Todd, and Brian O’Connor.
  • Exhibits open on Monday, 8/3 and close on Friday, 8/7.
  • Fearless Performance class with Jeff Nelsen.
  • A red carpet event recreating a Los Angeles Horn Club Concert at one of the old Los Angeles Broadway Theatres. Expect lots of fun and history!
  • Weekday classes on centering and focus with peak performance specialist Dr. Don Greene.
  • On Tuesday, 8/6 there will be Hollywood Bowl Concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by James Gaffigan. Program includes: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor" Yundi, piano and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5
  • The American Horn Quartet’s Last Concert Ever will be held on Friday, 8/7. Cake will be served afterwards to celebrate AHQ and what they have done for the horn, horn quartets, and chamber music!
  • Concert in Grand Park featuring a new commission for horn and wind ensemble with IHS’ own president Jeff Nelsen and a new commission by Kerry Turner.

Jeff:It seems like there is a little something for everyone. Is this true?


Annie: Yes! There will be classes and concerts devoted to history, pedagogy, wellness, warming-up, schools of playing, technique-building, performance practice, amateurs, and more! The big Mass Horn Choir concert will be conducted by David Krehbiel and Dale Clevenger on Friday, 8/7. Exhibitors will be bringing sheet music, mutes, horns, mouthpieces, etc. to try and buy (http://www.ihsla2015.com/exhibitors). There are many competitions taking place as well for all ages and levels: Frizelle High and Low Excerpt Competition, Horn Quartet Competition, and a Horn Ensemble Competition (www.ihsla2015.com/ihslacomps). Make sure and check-out the Masterclass Competition (www.ihsla2015.com/masterclasses) for those wishing to win a spot to perform in an IHS LA 2015 Masterclass with one of the great Artists. Tapes for this are due on April 15, 2015.

Jeff:Tell us what we need to know about registering and housing.

Annie: Make sure to register by February 28th if you want to take advantage of the lower cost early-bird registration fee. It is also recommended to reserve your accommodations as soon as possible because there are two huge events bookending IHS LA 2015: The Special Olympics (July 25 - August 2, 2015) and SIGGRAPH (August 9 - 13, 2015). These events will take up many hotels in the downtown and surrounding areas. On-campus Colburn housing is filling up, so make sure to register soon if you wish to stay at Colburn: http://www.ihsla2015.com/sleeping

Jeff: Thanks for your time Annie. I will definitely be there! :)

For more information, check out the IHS LA 2015 website: www.ihsla2015.com and follow IHSLA2015 on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ihsla2015) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ihsla2015)! New content is added to the website daily. The exhibitor list is updated as businesses register, and a full schedule of the week will be available soon!


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