IHS Days 3 and 4

I went to work Monday night and luckily was through by midnight, so Tuesday morning I headed back to LA. I arrived at 12:30 and was able to take in a few performances and lectures. The big event of course was going to Hollywood Bowl for LA Philharmonic. A bunch of horn greats played a world premier. The orchestral numbers included the ever popular Konzertstuk for Four Horns (Schumann) and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (Strauss). These two tunes featured Stefan Dohr, Andres Bain, Timothy Jones and Sarah Willis. We do have our rock stars in the French Horn World.

Everybody in my party had a great time. Definitely an unforgettable concert.

I was able to see a few of the displays and noted a large variety of excellent French Horns on display. Briz was well represented by two different sellers and the owner of Briz and his wife also showed up. So nice to see them again.

Wednesday I had a bit of a hard time getting out of bed and missed the warmup but went for the experience of a rehearsal with the “massive horn choir.” Lots of fun. I was able to take in a performance of Brahms Horn Trio featuring Timothy Jones, Danielle Belen, and Jennie Jung. Bravo! A very moving performance. I next attended modern brass quartet ensemble. Sadly, I received notice at the end of that performance that my presence would be needed at home at 7:30 the next morning so I packed up and headed out. All in all a really great experience. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the horn.

IHS First Day Impressions

FullSizeRenderThe Colburn School gets photobombed by an LA Bus

Sunday morning August 2, I drove to the Colburn School in LA to attend the first day of the IHS. The drive’s a mere 225 miles but its OK because my car knows the way. I arrived right at 11:00 AM and parked at Disney Concert hall ($9 for the day) and got registered and oriented just in time to make it to a “warm-up” with Jennifer Montone.