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Guest trombonist Ilan Morgenstern performs at Dalton

Oct. 29, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University presents bass trombonist Ilan Morgenstern in an intimate recital at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Admission to the performance is free and open to the public.

Morgenstern began his musical studies at a municipal youth conservatory in his hometown of Rehovot, Israel, when he was 8 years old. At 18, he joined the Israel Defense Forces as a trombone and euphonium player in the Israeli Army Band. Following completion of his service, he moved to the United States, earning a bachelor's degree in trombone performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He currently is working toward a master's degree at the University of Michigan, where he is a trombone instructor in the music education department.

Morgenstern was a member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for three seasons and has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, New Israel Opera, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and New World Symphony, among others. As a soloist, he's collected top prizes from the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Competition, Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Bass Trombone Competition, National Solo Competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and National Repertory Orchestra's Concerto Competition.

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

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