Horn Players from Southeast, Beyond to Perform at CSU

COLUMBUS, GA. - Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music will host the 2008 Southeast Horn Workshop Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15-17, at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

The event will bring together from different parts of the Southeast about 130 professional players, college professors and their students, high school students and amateur players of all ages.

Additionally, local music enthusiasts are welcome to attend various programs that,including performance competitions, master classes, lectures, vendor demonstrations, horn ensembles and solo recitals. Admission prices vary per program, A full schedule is online at http://www.southeasthornworkshop.org.

The program lineup includes the following main events in Legacy Hall ($5 per person admission for each):

• Opening Concert, 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
• Guest Artist Recital by Randy Gardner, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 (From the faculty at the Cincinnati College Conservatory, Gardner has performed around the world.)
• Guest Artist Recital by Erik Ruske, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 (An international solo performer, Ruske has performed with orchestras around the world and in the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Pops.)
• ‘Gala Finale’ Concert, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7271 or go to the workshop Web site (listed above).

“The workshop has become a traditional place for students to try out new equipment and locate new music to perform, as several well-known vendors come to exhibit from all over the country,” said CSU music professor Kristen Hansen, who is organizing the event.

“The performances alone make the weekend worth it,” she said. Featured artists Randy Gardner and Eric Ruske “are internationally renowned soloists and teachers, and it is equally delightful to have them present master classes as well as solo recitals.”

In addition, many of the professional players, especially college professors, will perform in regional artist recitals. “There are several new works planned to premiere at the workshop, so we are doing our part to continue to expand the repertoire for solo horn and horn choir,” Hansen said.

With CSU hosting workshop, the university’s horn students, who typically look forward to traveling to the event, reap benefits. “It’s a great opportunity for them to really revel in the horn without having to leave town,” Hansen said.

Many of the events also stand to benefit other Schwob School of Music students, who might be interested either as future educators or high-level performers, and anyone interested in music can enjoy the workshop or portions of it, Hansen said. “In a world where the horn is considered merely to be a ‘difficult’ instrument, we look forward to showing instead its beauty and versatility, from Bach to jazz.”

Schwob successfully hosted the workshop in 2003, Hansen said. “The last time, people said it was the best one to date, and we hope the hospitality of our students, the diversity of the program and the sheer beauty of the facilities to elicit similar comments this time around.”