Live from Hochstein

Wed, 12/03/2008 - 12:10pm

Eastman Horn Choir Director, Peter Kurau.

Peter Kurau first joined the RPO as Assistant Principal Horn (1983-1995), and was appointed Principal Horn in 2004. Since 1995, he has served as Associate Professor of Horn at the Eastman School of Music, where he also performs as hornist with Eastman Brass and Director of the Eastman Horn Choir. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Columbia, SUNY-Geneseo, Roberts Wesleyan College, Houghton College and Nazareth College, and has appeared as a clinician and recitalist throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Live from Hochstein airs Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. on Classical 91.5/90.3/HD 91.5-1.

The Eastman Horn Choir was founded in 1968 by Verne Reynolds, Professor Emeritus of Horn at the Eastman School of Music, who served as its director until his retirement in 1995. From its inception, the Choir's mission has been threefold: to provide an expanded ensemble experience for the horn students; to acquaint them (through transcriptions) of the breadth of quality repertoire (with a particular emphasis on the glorious vocal music of the German and Italian Renaissance) within our musical culture; and to encourage contemporary composers to create original works for multiple horns. In addition to compositions and commissions by such notable composers as Samuel Adler, Jeff Tyzik, John Cheetham, David Diamond, and James Willey, the Choir's repertoire in recent years has expanded to include transcriptions from the classical, romantic, and modern eras.

Live from Hochstein, the longest running live broadcast concert series in Western New York, broadcasts performances by the finest artists from the Rochester area’s musical community. The programs range from soloists and chamber ensembles to large orchestras and choirs. The broadcasts are presented as free "brown bag" concerts, where business people, teachers, families, musicians, and students can spend their lunch hour enjoying classical music performed by local artists.

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