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MSU hosts Northwest Horn Symposium April 19-21

April 9, 2013


Michael Thornton will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Reynolds Recital Hall as part of the Northwest Horn Symposium to be held April 19-21 at MSU. Photo courtesy of Michael Thornton.   High-Res Available

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Montana State University will host the Northwest Horn Symposium, a three-day festival of performances open to the public, to be held April 19-21.

The event will begin with a concert featuring horn soloist Michael Thornton at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Reynolds Recital Hall.

Thornton has had a distinguished and varied career as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, soloist, and pedagogue. Thornton has performed on five continents with acclaimed ensembles and has presented master classes at prestigious musical institutions, including The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, Rice University, the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  MSU music professor Laurel Yost will accompany Thornton on the piano.

The Washington State University Horn Ensemble will perform a pre-concert at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students.  All tickets are available at the door.

Guest artists Jeffrey Snedeker, Stacey Eliason and Josiah Boothby, and more, will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Reynolds Recital Hall. Their performance will be preceded by a pre-concert by the University of Oregon Horn Ensemble performing at 1 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and are available at the door.

Guest artist Eric Ruske will perform on the horn at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Reynolds Recital Hall. Yost will also accompany Ruske.

Ruske was named associate principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 20. He also toured and recorded extensively during his six-year tenure as hornist of the Empire Brass Quintet. His solo career began when he won the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize in the 1987 American Horn Competition.

The Central Washington University Horn Ensemble will perform a pre-concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and are available at the door.

The festival will conclude at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, with a massed horn ensemble concert in Reynolds Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Reynolds Recital Hall is located across the street from the MSU Duck Pond.

Sherry Linnerooth (406) 994-5758, sherry@bozemansymphony.org