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Nov. 11, 2009
Dr. Paul Basler, a composer and French hornist, will visit the Northwest campus for a weekend of performances.
Basler will present a master class at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building followed that evening by an 8 p.m. guest artist recital in the Charles Johnson Theater. He will be accompanied by Dr. Charles Badami, instructor of music and collaborative pianist at Northwest.
In addition, Basler will join with the University Chorale for a 3 p.m. performance Sunday, Nov. 22, of his composition "Songs of Faith," a cycle of five sacred songs that include "Psalm 150" "Ubi Caritas" "Be Thou My Vision" "Alleluia" and "Psalm 23." The performance will be in the Mary Linn Auditorium of the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
All events are free and open to the public.
Dr. Paul Basler was resident hornist at the annual Composers Conference in Boston from 1991 to 2004 and has performed as guest artist at International Horn Society workshops, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, the Winchester International Music Festival in England, the Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigrós in Spain and the St. Petersburg International Chamber Music Festival in Russia. He continues to maintain a busy performing schedule throughout the United States and abroad, having premiered more than 200 works written for him in the past seven years.
As one of the most performed composers of his generation, his music has been received with enthusiastic acclaim throughout the world. The New York Times describes his music as "virtuosic and highly athletic." Basler's compositions have been performed throughout the world, and recent compositions have received performances at Carnegie Hall, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Symphony Hall in Chicago, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and in Shanghai by the Shanghai Philharmonic.
One of the youngest persons to have ever been awarded a Senior Fulbright Lectureship, Basler served as the Composer in Residence and Conductor at the Sewanee Summer Music Center and Composer in Residence at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. His music is published by Carl Fischer, Colla Voce Music, Walton Music, Hinshaw Music, Southern Music, R.M. Williams Publishing and the IHS Press.
Basler is a professor of music at the University of Florida where he teaches horn and composition.
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