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Music Department to Present Symphonic Band Concert

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 4, 2009) -The SUNY Plattsburgh Symphonic Band, under the direction of Daniel Gordon, will perform its fall 2009 concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.The program consists of original works and transcriptions for symphonic band, and will feature Ann Ellsworth, the music department's French horn instructor, in a transcription of Richard Strauss' "First Horn Concerto."

Other pieces featured on the concert program are "Sea Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams; "Echoes from Karelia" by Janne Ikonen; "Wedding Music" by Jukka Linkola; "Winter Evening Song" by Brian Israel; "Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol" by Percy Grainger; and a transcription of "Portals" by Carl Anton Wirth.

Ann Ellsworth is the solo horn player for the Grammy-nominated Absolute Ensemble and has been a member of the Esbjerg Ensemble, Manhattan Brass, Baltimore Opera, Phoenix Symphony, and Philharmonica del Bajio. An active soloist and chamber musician, Ellsworth has performed on several continents and can be heard in numerous recordings, film and television scores, and radio broadcasts. As artist in residence at the Lang College of the New School, she led many ground-breaking interdisciplinary events involving improvisation, dance, videography, and landscape architecture.

Ellsworth is committed to early music and has presented a lecture recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art using original instruments from its collection. As an advocate of new music, she is a founding member of the New Music and Culture Symposium and has premiered six new works in the past three years. In the summer of 2008, she performed Peter Maxwell Davies' "Strathclyde Concerto" with the Dartington Festival Orchestra in England. Ellsworth attended the Eastman and Juilliard schools, with further study in Oslo, Norway, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ellsworth has held faculty positions at numerous schools in the New York City area and joined the Stony Brook University faculty in September 2009. She currently teaches French horn at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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