It's less than three weeks to Symposium 44 which is being hosted by Bill Scharnberg from May 15 - 19 (with registration on the 14th) at the University of North Texas College of Music. About 300 have already preregistered and we expect to see many more of you who'll be registering on site. If you haven't done so already, you can get details of the Symposium by going to its website http://music.unt.edu/ihs44/ Because of conflicts in some of the participant's schedules, there are some changes from the previously announced program. Here is an update of some of the featured performances. You'll note that one of the changes in Thursday's program is that Barry Tuckwell will conduct the UNT Symphony Orchestra and soloists in, among other works, Schumann's Konzertstück.
Among the participating organizations and hornists on Tuesday will be the UNT Wind Symphony and Jennifer Montone, Geoffrey Winter, and Bernhard Scully. ON Wednesday evening, a concert of Baroque music featuring Andrew Clark, Steve Denroche, Paul Hopkins, and Bruce Atwell. Thursday evening will present the Symposium Orchestra conducted by Barry Tuckwell and featuring David Thompson, Zach Glavan, Gail Williams, Tsun Tak Cheung, Greg Hustis, Joseph Ognibene, John Ericson, and Randy Gardner. The Friday evening concert will present UNT's internationally known One O'Clock Lab Band with Arkady Shilkloper and Thomas Bacon and will end with Stan Kenton charts with 8 horns. Saturday is "Long Horn" Day (Texas Horn Fest and Alphorn Festspiel) (Go to http://music.unt.edu/ihs44/ and click on Texas Horn Fest for details. Saturday will also present something unique. We hope to gather as many as 1,000 hornists at UNT. The purpose of this is to get us into the Guinness World Book of Records for the largest number of hornists at one performance. Jasper Rees, who many of you know as the author of "I Found My Horn" (UK) or "A Devil to Play" (US) is flying in from London as the official witness for the record book. See more details at http://www.onethousandhorns.com/about/