University of Arizona Professors Daniel Katzen and Michael Dauphinais return to the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Feb. 23) at 11:30 a.m. with a program of German horn and piano music by Karl Czerny, J.S.Bach, Gunther Schuller, and Max Bruch.
The all-German program will help Katzen prepare for a trip to Germany in December, where his Horn Stidio students have been invited to study in private master classes with the Berlin Philharmonic’s horn section. “This is a real coup for us,” Katzen said.
Katzen will be performing with Michael Dauphinais, Tucson’s own “marvelous collaborative pianist” (ITEA Journal). Dauphinais’s live renditions of orchestral reductions “enable one to forget the lack of an orchestra almost immediately.” He performs extensively as chamber musician with both singers and instrumentalists, and plays regularly with Art.If.Act Dance Project.
The concert will include Katzen’s own horn transcription of one of Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, a feature usually found only in the artist’s solo recitals at the UA School of Music.
“The challenge in playing cello music lies in the harmonic chords Bach wrote to embellish the lovely melodies. Choosing which notes to play and which to hold in reserve is one of the great joys of playing this music
Last August, he took players from the Betty Katzen Horn Studio to Los Angeles to participate in, perform and present at the 47th International Horn Society Symposium. And at 7:30 tonight (Feb. 23) he will help present the Ninth Annual Brass Showcase at UA’s Crowder Hall.
This Thursday (Feb. 25), Katzen will hold his annual solo horn recital, this time completing his decades-long project of transcribing, performing and recording the six Bach Cello Suites, at the UA School of Music’s Crowder Hall, 7:30 p.m., with a pre-concert discussion and post-concert reception. New this year: admission is free.
Written by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer