Northwest Horn Symposium to Draw International Musicians to UM March 29-31

March 25, 2019

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Music will host the Northwest Horn Symposium for the first time, featuring internationally and nationally recognized French horn artists in masterclasses, lectures and recitals.

The three-day event will be held Friday through Sunday, March 29-31, in the Music Building. Tickets, which cost $15 for each recital or $125 for the full symposium, are available in the School of Music lobby.

The opening celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and includes a full recital with featured artist Rachel Childers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Barbara Blegen on piano. A pre-recital concert features the UM Horn Studios, the Montana Horn Club and horns from Montana State University, joining together for the first time under the name “The Montana Big Horns.”

The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, an internationally acclaimed horn quartet, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Performances balance traditional horn quartet repertoire with music that can only be described as “theatrical horn stunts.” The Palouse Horn Ensemble will play a pre-concert performance.

Leading professional hornists from the geographical Northwest also will perform in recitals at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The farewell concert at 4 p.m. Sunday features a massed horn ensemble and solo competition winners.  Lectures and presentations will be held throughout the symposium.  

All recitals and concerts are in the UM School of Music Recital Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $15 for the general public. The Northwest Horn Society is a registered not-for-profit organization.

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Contact: Zachary Cooper, assistant professor of horn and music theory, UM School of Music, 406-243-6880,