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Romance of the Horns

and continued when she joined the San Diego Youth Symphony at age 12. She then attended San Diego State University on a music scholarship. She moved to Southern Oregon in 1978 and has performed as principal horn for the Rogue Valley Symphony for over 20 years.

Cynthia Hutton is conductor and musical director of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Southern Oregon University.

Jody Schmidt moved to Ashland in 1998, and is currently co-principal horn in the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, and third horn in the North State Symphony. Ms. Schmidt has played with the Britt and Cascade Festival Orchestras, the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and with the Southern Oregon University Faculty Brass Quintet. She is a member of the SOU faculty wind quintet, the Compass Winds, and is an adjunct horn instructor at SOU. Schmidt also serves as executive director for Chamber Music Concerts, a concert presenter affiliated with SOU.

The featured work for the concert is Schumann's Concert Piece (Konzertst&

252;ck) for Four Horns in F Major, Op. 86. The piece was composed during Schumann's most prolific single year, 1849, when he produced more than thirty major pieces. It was composed specifically for the evolving valve horn that appeared during the early 1800s, and to this day is considered the quintessential piece for any horn musician. Exuberant and joyful, the piece is presented in three movements without pause. . Richard Rodda writes, "The piece abounds with breathtaking feats of virtuosity, expansive harmonies and rich sonorities".

The concert opens with Beethoven's Fidelio Overture, one of four overtures he composed for his only opera Fidelio. Over a ten year period he rewrote and introduced the opera under different titles with the first three overtures named after the heroine Leonore and the fourth after her husband Fidelio. Released, in its final version on May 23, 1814, the opera was a tremendous success, and has remained in the repertoire ever since. Of the opera, Beethoven remarked, "Of all my children, this is the one that cost me the worst birth pangs, the one that brought me the most sorrow, and for that reason it is the most dear to me."

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TICKET INFORMATION

Ashland - $37 premium, $29 general reserved, and $5 student.

Medford - $29 premium, $21 general reserved, and $5 student.

Grants Pass - $26 premium, $18 for general reserved, and $5 for students.

A limited number of $10 economy seats are available in Medford and Grants Pass. $10 ticket are available for purchase two weeks prior to the performances. For $10 tickets in Medford call the Craterian theater at 779-3000.

A limited number of $20 rush tickets will be available at 7:45 p.m. for the Ashland performance.