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Hornists of all ages perform at annual festival

Jan. 14, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Beginners, seasoned professionals and middle, high school and college students will perform together in the closing concert of Horn Day, an annual festival held at Western Michigan University.

The concert is free of charge and open to the public. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The festival is open to anyone interested in learning more about the French horn. The day's activities include a class and recital by guest artist Karl Pituch, principal horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; a solo competition for middle and high school participants; a recital by the WMU Horn Choir and WMU student soloists; and a chance for all participants to play in chamber ensembles or the Mass Horn Choir.

Pituch was named principal horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000. In 1988, he finished as one of the top-five hornists at the 37th International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. He was the grand-prize winner at the 1989 American Solo Horn Competition and has been a finalist at many other solo competitions.

For more information and to view the complete festival schedule, visit Horn Day on the Web or contact Dr. Lin Foulk at lin.foulk@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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