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Sept. 9, 2005

Horn Player Kristen Hansen Performs At UI Sept. 21

Horn player Kristen Hansen will present a free guest recital at the University of Iowa School of Music, performing music mostly from the 20th century, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building. She will perform with pianist Patrick Creel, a UI graduate student.

Hansen, who is a guest of the horn studio in the UI School of Music, will also present a master class with UI horn students during her visit to campus.

The complete program of Hansen's recital will be:

-- "Horn Call," composed in 1976 by George Vass;

-- Fantasy, op. 88 by British composer Malcolm Arnold;

-- Two Preludes by York Bowen;

-- Parable VIII, op. 120, by Vincent Persichetti;

-- "Le Rendez-vous de Chasse" by Gioaccino Rossini, arranged by horn virtuoso Hermann Baumann;

-- "Word Tricks" for Solo Horn (1997) by Peter Hamlin, a former Iowan who was for many years a classical music announcer for Iowa Public Television and radio station KUNI; and

-- "Sur les Cimes" by Eugene Bozza.

"Word Tricks" was commissioned by Hansen through the International Horn Society  in 1997, which was 75th anniversary of the Eastman School of Music. Hansen was a student at Eastman at the time and recalls that every student recital that year was required to include a piece by a composer connected to the Eastman School. With a limited number of Eastman-related pieces for horn to choose from, Hansen said she knew that the repertoire would have been well covered by the time for her recital.

"It seemed to me to be the best possible solution to commission a piece from Peter Hamlin, an Eastman alumnus who had come to St. Olaf a few years prior," she explained. "Each movement of the piece reflects the procedure of various kinds of word games; it was as much fun figuring out the game (and the music) as it was waiting for the mail to deliver another movement: The prologue arrived unexpectedly two weeks before the recital!"

Hansen teaches horn and music theory at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus  (Georgia) State University. She holds a master's degree and a doctorate in music performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College. After completing master's coursework at Eastman, Hansen became the director of high school and middle school bands in the Fonda-Fultonville district in central New York.

She has made recital appearances throughout New York and Georgia and has appeared as a regional artist and a lecturer at annual conventions of the International Horn Society and the Southeast Horn Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Rochester; Athens, Ga.; and Winston-Salem, N.C.

At the International Convention in May 1999, she premiered Hamlin's "Three Thomas Merton Pieces." In addition, she has contributed articles to the Horn Call and the Historic Brass Society Journal. Hansen holds the position of second horn in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Columbus Brass. She has just completed a short summer session teaching students from Columbus State on a program to Oxford, England.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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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.