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Faculty Horn Recital at CWU

On Wednesday, January 20, at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the McIntyre Music Building, CWU faculty member Jeffrey Snedeker will present a unique program of music titled “The Jazz-y Horn,” a celebration of the French horn in jazz-styled context.  Snedeker will be joined by pianist Marilyn Wilbanks for three jazz-styled works by American composers Alec Wilder, Douglas Hill, and Paul Johnston, and then the CWU Little Big Band will present a Jazz Symphony by noted jazz hornist from the 1940s and 50s, John Graas.

The works for horn and piano will include Wilder’s stylish Sonata No. 3 from 1970, the world premiere of Hill’s Three Jazz Fantasies for Horn and Piano, and Johnston’s award-winning Mountain Sketches, which won the 2015 International Horn Society Composition Contest.  Graas’s symphony was composed in the mid-1950s and exists in two versions, one for a nine-piece jazz band, and a second version for full symphony orchestra and jazz soloists.  The version heard on January 20 will be the jazz band version, which has only recently been re-constructed by Snedeker—as a result, this may be the first live performance of the entire piece in over 60 years.  Members of the CWU Little Big Band for this concert include student, faculty, and alums: CWU alum Frank Seeberger, faculty John Harbaugh, John Neurohr, Adam Pelandini (also a CWU alum), Clem Ehoff, and students Drew Baddeley, Austin Hass, Kandin Neri, and Conor Jonson.

The French horn has a surprising heritage in the field of jazz, even though it is over-shadowed by others.  This recital will provide some interesting perspectives on the horn’s capabilities.  And if you like jazz, it will be FUN!!!!

For more information about this free recital, contact Jeffrey Snedeker at or 963-1226.

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