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March 11, 2019

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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