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January 17, 2020

March 11, 2019

We have some exciting NEWS!

Chicago Horn Consort Recording Announcem

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chicago Horn Consort begins New Recording Project


(Chicago, IL) On Monday, March 11th, 2019 the Chicago Horn Consort (CHC) approved the production and release of a brand-new album highlighting the famous Chicago horn sound. The album will feature works composed, arranged, and commissioned by members of the ensemble, including a world premiere recording of Chicago composer Joe Clark’s Catch Fire. 

Chicago is a city that is known world-wide by classical music enthusiasts for its brass playing. More specifically, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has a storied history of horn playing from the Philip Farkas and Helen Kotas led section in the 1940s to the Dale Clevenger and Gail Williams led section under the baton of Sir Georg Solti in the 1980s and 1990s. The fame of the CSO horns has fostered an influx of talented players to Chicago to study, perform, and teach; a school of technique which all of the members in CHC are a part. Other classical music capitals, in particular Vienna, Berlin, and London, also have notable horn playing traditions and have capitalized by recording stylized albums of horn ensemble music. Chicago has remained surprisingly absent from the international scene on this front, a trend that Chicago Horn Consort intends to remedy with this project. Inspired by a successful concert at the International Horn Society’s Symposium in Muncie, Indiana in the summer of 2018, the recording will feature works from varying styles and time periods that highlight the Chicago horn tradition and unique sound.

Closer to home, CHC aims to use the proposed album to increase awareness and excitement for our local Chicago-area performances, as well as use the album’s release to fuel educational initiatives for upcoming seasons. A professionally recorded and produced album will allow CHC to present the ensemble with the same passion and quality that have historically characterized our live concerts and teaching engagements.

Visit www.chicagohornconsort.com for upcoming concert dates as well as video and audio of the Chicago Horn Consort.

 

The Chicago Horn Consort is supported in part by an Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant through the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

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Chicago Horn Consort
Kelly Langenberg or Mary Jo Neher
chicagohornconsort@gmail.com

RELEASE DATE:
January 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chicago Horn Consort Releases New Recording - CATCH FIRE
Album Release Concert Set for February 24th, 2020

(Chicago, IL) The Chicago Horn Consort’s (CHC) long-awaited first album, Catch Fire, has just been completed. The album, highlighting the famous Chicago horn sound, will be officially released at an album release concert on February 24th, 2020. The album features works composed, arranged, and commissioned by members of the ensemble, including a world premiere recording of Chicago composer Joe Clark’s, Catch Fire.

Recorded over the month of June 2019 with the help of recording engineer David Gauger, Catch Fire is the result of many months of planning and preparation on the part of all members of CHC. On February 24th at 7:30pm, the official album release concert and reception will take place in the same venue in which it was recorded, Salme Harju Steinberg Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. This will allow attendees to hear “live” many of the works on the album with the same acoustic ambiance as the recording sessions. The event is free and open to the public. After the concert, audience members will not only have a chance to purchase the album at special release concert pricing, but also to chat with CHC members about the recording and what happened behind the scenes.

The fame of the Chicago horn sound has fostered an influx of talented players to Chicago to study, perform, and teach; a school of technique which all of the members of CHC are a part. Other classical music capitals, in particular Vienna, Berlin, and London, also have notable horn playing traditions and have capitalized by recording stylized  albums of horn ensemble music. Chicago has remained surprisingly absent from the international scene on this front, a trend that the Chicago Horn Consort has remedied with this project. Inspired by a successful concert at the International Horn Society’s 50th Annual Symposium in Muncie, Indiana in the summer of 2018, the recording features works from varying styles and time periods that highlight the Chicago horn tradition and unique sound. Besides Mr. Clark’s new work, the album also features another world premiere recording of a composition by CHC member John Schreckengost entitled Fanfare à la Chasse; featuring horns in different keys, the work imitates the sounds of the hunting horn. With additional arrangements ranging from Mozart’s canon Lasst froh uns sein to de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and the blues of Sweet Home Chicago, CHC’s new album has a great variety of styles covered.

Closer to home, CHC aims to use the album to increase awareness and excitement for their local Chicago-area performances, as well as use the album’s release to fuel educational initiatives for upcoming seasons. A professionally recorded and produced  album allows CHC to present the ensemble with the same passion and quality that have historically characterized their live concerts and teaching engagements.

Visit www.chicagohornconsort.com for more information, videos and audio clips of the Chicago Horn Consort.

Chicago Horn Consort | Album Release Concert


Monday February 24th, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Recital Hall at Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave, Chicago IL


FREE Admission

 

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