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KU horn professor presents spring recital featuring ‘mothers and sons’

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

LAWRENCE- Paul Stevens, associate professor of horn at the University of Kansas, will present a spring faculty recital on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 7:30pm in Swarthout Recital Hall. A ‘mother/son’ recital, Professor Steven’s mother Delores Stevens and a “cast of thousands” will be on hand for this collaborative presentation.

Celebrating KU alum Delores Stevens’ 60th anniversary of her KU graduation, Stevens will feature his mother on piano for this spring concert. Also featured will be The Walzel Trio, including Dean Robert Walzel on clarinet, his brother on bassoon and Walzel’s mother on piano. Professor Stevens will perform with faculty members Eric Stomberg on bassoon and Margaret Marco on oboe, and a new work for piano will be performed by Ms. Stevens. The evening will culminate with a performance of Mozart’s work for piano and winds.

Recognized as a leading piano soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Delores Stevens has also performed abroad in recent years as a soloist in Spain and the Czech Republic and with ensembles in Japan, China, Argentina, and Australia.

In the U.S. her consistent support of contemporary composers by commissioning, premiering, and regularly performing new composition has led to a prestigious award from the National Association of Composers (NACUSA) for her "achievements as one of the most important artists to further the cause and influence of contemporary music."

Ms. Stevens most recent recognition came from the International Music Fraternity of Mo Phi Epsilon which presented her with the Presidential Award of Merit. In her early career she was a member of the Coleman Chamber Music Award-winning Padorr Trio, the signed with Columbia Artists and began extensive tours of the U.S. and Europe. In 1971, the trio formed Chilmark Chamber Concerts which has since evolved into the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society. She has been the sole artistic Director of MVCMS since 2003.

Her work as Director of Chamber Music for both the Young Musicians Foundation and Mount St. Mary's College and as the former Head of Piano Studies at California State University at Dominquez Hills is testimony to her long standing interest in helping today's young generation to find its way into the complex world of classical music.

Beyond live performances and academia, her involvement in the recording industry has included multiple terms as Director and Trustee of the Recording Academy Producers of the "Grammy Awards" and performances for more than ten different classical labels including several recordings that have been completed and will soon be released.

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 also 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 he played 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 ranged from Placido Domingo to Michael Bolton to the rap group "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.

He was educated at Juilliard under Myron Bloom (22 years Principal Horn with the Cleveland Orchestra under Szell), the San Francisco Conservatory under Arthur Krehbiel (40 years Principal in San Francisco, Detroit and Chicago under Reiner), and UCLA under Richard Todd and Brian O'Connor (1st call Hollywood Studio Players for over twenty years).

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU

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