Classical music in the modern world: ASU music professors to recreate Beethoven, Mozart and more

John Ericson, faculty members and ASU students pair together to play Beethoven and other famous pieces.

On Sept. 18 at Katzin Concert Hall on the ASU Tempe campus, faculty members and students will pair together for a horn recital that combines personal expression and familiar songs.

Between French horn, tuba, bassoon, oboe and piano, the concert will host a variety of different instruments to mix sounds and showcase talent. The recital is going to be a group chamber music recital with different musical compositions like an unfinished Beethoven piece, Mozart and works by Alec Wilder.

John Ericson, performing hornist and ASU professor, has served on ASU faculty as Brass Area Coordinator since 2001. He and other faculty members are joining to play variations of well-known musical pieces.

Ericson said he is excited to play in the recital and that it brings together more than just the community.

“(Music) opens up our creativity, definitely opens our ears up to sounds and ways we can enjoy them,” Ericson said. “ASU is known for a lot of things, but I think in terms of the ASU community, it’s good to have a variety.”

Juli Smith, ASU music grad student and teaching assistant, will be joining Ericson for two different pieces. She said there will be some “interesting combinations,” like the pairing of tuba, oboe and bassoon, that can’t be seen in very many horn recitals.

“His performances are always really different," Smith said. "He really has an eclectic taste in music. You’re going to see something you probably won’t see at many other places.”

Ericson said he has chosen music that the audience may have heard through commercials or in their childhood, like selections from Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

Hannah Creviston, the pianist for the recital and ASU professor, will also be performing in two pieces alongside Ericson and other staff members. She said that this music can bring back memories for a lot of people and that allows them to engage with the art in their own way.

"It's a great way for people to express themselves," she said. "The listeners can create their own experiences and interpret the music how they might like it."

Creviston also said that this is a way for the professors to show off to their students and interest the younger community in joining ASU’s music program.

“This is a great way for us to showcase the performances, hard work and talent of the people we have on the faculty,” Creviston said. “For students, it’s great for them to experience other instruments and see what the professors are doing. It’s also just fun and enjoyable.”

The recital is on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Katzin Concert Hall in Tempe. The performance is $9 for the general public and $5 for students.

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