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KU horn professor to premiere three works at spring recital

Monday, January 31, 2011

Paul Stevens, KU associate professor of horn, will perform his spring faculty recital on Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 2:30pm in Swarthout Recital Hall where he will premiere three works.

The first work will be the world premiere of Joseph Eidson's Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (Eidson is a recent KU music doctoral graduate). This work features three movements featuring all aspects of the horn. KU’s Ellen Bottorff will join Stevens on piano.

Stevens also will perform the regional premiere of Faye-Ellen Silverman's Protected Sleep for horn and marimba, featuring Ji Hye Jung, KU assistant professor of percussion. The spatial music is based on a Sephardic Jewish folk melody.

The final work will be a Kansas premiere of Anthony Plog's Horn Quartet No. 1. Joining Stevens on this dynamic, four-movement piece will be Ellen Campbell, professor of horn at UMKC; Rob Detjen, a doctoral student at UMKC; and Julie Schleif, horn teacher at the Interlochen School in Michigan.

Paul Stevens, associate professor of horn at the University of Kansas, is also Principal Horn of the Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, and the Mozart Classical Orchestra of Los Angeles. He is a frequent performer with the Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera.

As an orchestral player he has performed with leading orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Joffrey Ballet, the San Francisco Symphony, the American Ballet Theatre, the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony and the San Diego Opera. He has performed on Principal Horn under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Edo DeWaart, Kent Nagano and Stanislav Skrowazewski.

During more than a decade in Hollywood, Stevens performed on many motion picture soundtracks and television films, including over fifty episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, many episodes of Jag, and movies such as Ransom, What Dreams May Come, Dead Again, The Land Before Time, Star Trek: Generations, the Flintstones and several Disney projects; including Fantasmic! and Mickey's Nutcracker. He worked with such composers as James Horner, John Williams, Bruce Broughton, Henry Mancini, Danny Elfman and Dennis McCarthy. Audio projects Stevens has worked on range from Placido Domingo to Michael Bolton to the Outkast.

As a chamber musician he is a member of the Kansas Brass Quintet and the Kansas Woodwinds, is a permanent member of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society and is a featured artist at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. Other appearances have included the Oregon Bach Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival of San Diego, La Jolla Summer Fest, Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Mozart in Monterey and the Fairbanks (Alaska) Summer Arts Festival.

Stevens was educated at Juilliard under Myron the San Francisco Conservatory under Arthur Krehbiel, -and UCLA under Richard Todd and Brian O'Connor.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742 or visit music.ku.edu.

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