May 6, 2005

Hornet hornists host French horn festival

Photo of: Sacramento State professor Pete Nowlen
Sacramento State professor
Pete Nowlen

Sacramento State's Horn Day, an annual event for Northern California French horn players, returns to the campus with a day of classes, clinics, rehearsals and other activities for hornists starting at 9 a.m., Saturday May 21 in the University's Capistrano Hall. An off-campus concert closes the day at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at the corner of 21st and J Streets.

The event, which will include more than 100 participants, attracts artists from around the nation. The evening concert will feature a massed horn choir performing specially arranged horn music, including Ernesto Lecuona's popular Malaguena.

The evening will also feature the West Coast premiere of composer and horn soloist Lowell Greer's Requiem du Chasseur, or "Hunter's Requiem," a piece for tenor, organ and 16 horns. Tenor and recently retired Western Illinois University faculty member Bruce Gardner will perform accompanied by Music in the Mountains Director Paul Perry on the church's historic pipe organ. Greer, Sacramento State students, and horn professor and Horn Day director Pete Nowlen along with other Sacramento area hornists also will play.

Special master classes with Greer will be available May 18 to 20 and 22. For more information and pricing for the classes and special class and performance packages contact Nowlen at (916) 278-7982 or at hornday05@yahoo.com.

Tickets for the evening concert are $5 and are available at the door or from the Sacramento State Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or Tickets.com.

For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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