American Horn Quartet to perform at TTU

thumb_AHQ2011Join the American Horn Quartet for an evening of original music at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Wattenbarger Auditorium of Tennessee Tech University's Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The quartet was established in 1982 while the four American horn players were playing in European symphonies. Together the members — Kerry Turner, Kristina Mascher, Charles Putnam and Geoffrey Winter — have since presented more than 500 concerts and master classes worldwide.

The group began to compose, arrange and commission new works after mastering its existing repertoire.

"Much of the music this group plays consists of their own compositions and arrangements," said Jeremy Hansen, TTU assistant professor of horn. "The program will include a multi-movement work by AHQ member Kerry Turner, arrangements of 'West Side Story' and 'Sabre Dance,' and other works written and arranged for this group."

The individual members of the quartet are all successful soloists in their own right, having won top international competitions in Geneva, Prague, New York, Passau and Munich. They have also appeared as soloists with numerous symphony orchestras, among them the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Illinois Philharmonic, the Philharmonica Hungarica, the Brabants Orchestra of Eindhoven and the Bordeaux Aquitaine Symphony Orchestra in France, just to name a few.

"Their technique, musicality and versatility are tremendous and unmatched by similar ensembles. Hearing the AHQ perform is a rare treat, and to have them perform on our campus is especially exciting," Hansen said.

This Center Stage event is free and open to the public. For more information about the concert or master class, contact Hansen at 931-372-6089.

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