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Aug. 28, 2003

Thelander Explains Natural Horn For Saturday Scholars

Kristin Thelander, an award-winning horn player and chair of the University of Iowa School of Music, will explain and demonstrate the horn from the time of Mozart and Beethoven at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 in Room 40 of Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest.

Thelander's free public lecture, "Only Natural: The Horn of Mozart and Beethoven," is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' "Saturday Scholars" series. In a preview of her Sept. 6 presentation, Thelander will be a guest on "Iowa Talks," on radio station WSUI-AM 910, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.

The natural (valveless) horn of the late 18th and early 19th centuries was a very popular solo instrument. Contemporary accounts of performances indicate that only the violin and piano were more popular instruments. A great deal of music was written for the instrument during this period, and many horn players had significant careers as soloists.

In her presentation Thelander will demonstrate the technique of the natural horn and perform many examples from solo and chamber music repertoire. Examples will be drawn from the works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Carl Maria von Weber, in addition to less familiar composers including Giovanni Punto, Louis-Francois Dauprat and Jacques Francois Gallay.

"Saturday Scholars," developed by Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, gives members of the public a chance to hear about the latest teaching and research innovations by faculty members in the college. The sessions last about an hour, including a 20-30 minute presentation followed by time for questions. Refreshments are served.

Future lectures in the series will be:
--Sept. 20, "Oh Baby: Fertility Decline in the Richest Nations on Earth," by Jennifer Glass, professor of sociology; professor of behavioral and community health, College of Public Health;
--Oct. 4, "Media, Culture, and the Sexy Girl," by Meenakshi Gigi Durham, associate professor of journalism and mass communication;
--Oct. 18, "Tandem Stories: Traveling Iceland By-cycle" by Steve Thunder-McGuire, associate professor of art and art history; associate professor of curriculum and instruction, College of Education;
--Nov. 1, "Herbal Products: They're Organic But Are They Safe?" by David Wiemer, professor and chair of chemistry; and
--Nov. 15, "Maps and their Makers: Decidedly Deliberate Deceptions and Distortions" by Marc Armstrong, professor and chair of geography.

Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as both soloist and chamber musician, she is a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet. As a guest artist she performed a solo with the Chinese National Opera Orchestra for the opening concert of the International Horn Symposium held in Beijing in July, 2000. During the summer she performs with the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival in East Aurora, New York.

She was the first prize-winner in the 1981 American Horn Competition, and she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea and the People's Republic of China. She has been a featured artist at many regional and international horn workshops in recent years, and she performed as soloist with the La Crosse Symphony, the Heartland of America Air Force Band, the Lake Agassiz Concert Band, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Iowa Baroque Orchestra, the Greeley (Colo.) Philharmonic and the Santa Fe Symphony. She has recorded solo and chamber music for Crystal Records, CRI, Vienna Modern masters and Centaur Records.

Before coming to Iowa Thelander was on the music faculty at the University of New Mexico, and she was a member of the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the Santa Fe Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony. She holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in advance at 335-2610.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu