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The State University of New York at the Fredonia Wind Ensemble will host French horn soloist Adam Unsworth for their next concert, performing Catherine Likhuta “Vivid Dreams” for low horn and wind ensemble, as part of a three-day residency.
The wind ensemble concert on Wednesday, November 16 is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the King Concert Hall.
Unsworth will also present a masterclass with Brass Area students during the residency and perform with the Fredonia Jazz Orchestra in concert at 8 p.m. tonight, November 15, at Rosch Recital Hall.
Both concerts are free and the public is invited to attend.
Unsworth is professor of horn at the School of Music, Theater and Dance at the University of Michigan. Prior to his appointment to Ann Arbor, Unsworth was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has toured Asia and Europe with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent guest with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he is Principal Horn of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Bay Area Horn Quartet, Quadre.
Unsworth has five recordings as a leader to his credit: “Balance,” a jazz recording for horn, jazz sextet and chamber orchestra; “Snapshots”, a recording of contemporary classical music in collaboration with composer/pianist Ms. Likhuta; “Just follow the instructions” with chamber music by saxophonist/composer Daniel Schnyder; and “The next step” and “Extract that!” – jazz recordings acclaimed by jazz and classical critics. He was a soloist at the premiere of “Mondrian’s Workshop” a Paul Dooley Concerto for Horn and Wind Ensemble, and the first recording of Dana Wilson’s Concerto for Horn and Wind Ensemble with the University of Michigan Symphony Band.
The guest soloist is a member of the New York-based Gil Evans Centennial Project, which has received two GRAMMY nominations for his recordings. “Centennial” and “Color Lines” and won the 2013 Jazz Journalists Association Award for Major Jazz Ensemble of the Year. He is also part of Japanese big band leader Miho Hazama’s M-Unit Band and has appeared on his latest GRAMMY nominated recordings, “Nowhere Dancer” and “River of time”. He has been a guest musician with new music ensembles Alarm Will Sound, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble Linea and Slee Sinfonietta.
A former faculty member at Temple University, Unsworth has appeared as a recitalist and clinician at many universities across the United States, and has made several solo and chamber appearances at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Unsworth received his formal education at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Composer Likhuta is from Ukraine and studied in Australia.
The concert will open with “Fanfare for Unusual Times” by Valerie Coleman, a work written in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and features brass instrumentation that was also employed by Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and that of Joan Tower “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.
Suite in B flat, Op. 4 by Richard Strauss will be included in the concert, while the closing work is “Come Sunday” a tribute to the central role of the Hammond organ in black worship services.