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October 2003

Release Date: October 20, 2003

World Renowned Horn Soloist to Give Presentations at ASU

French horn soloist Thomas Bacon, an international recording artist and noted teacher, will present a workshop and master class at Angelo State University Monday, Oct. 27, on improving musical practice habits, problem-solving and efficiency.

His clinic, "Practice Smarter Not Harder," addresses the various aspects of practice and demonstrates specific practice techniques as well as how to maximize practice time through a series of well defined rules and practice "games." The clinic begins at noon Monday in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building Instrumental Rehearsal Room.

Bacon will also conduct a master class that will include performances by horn students from ASU and the San Angelo Independent School District. The master class will begin at 4 p.m. in the Carr Recital Hall. Both the clinic and the master class are open free to the public.

Bacon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and his appearance is sponsored by ASU, SAISD, Yamaha Music Corp. and Caldwell Music Co.

His work in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia has placed Bacon in the highest echelon of contemporary brass players worldwide. He has held principal horn positions with the Syracuse Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony and Berlin Radio Symphony orchestras. He has also performed in "guest" principal positions with the Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and many other orchestras.

As soloist he has performed on international tours with the Amati Ensemble, the Berlin Radio Orchestra and Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. He has performed and recorded recital, chamber and orchestral music. Bacon has made dozens of recordings on London, RCA, Telarc, Crystal, Centaur, Pro Arte, CBS, Gasparo, Vanguard, A&M, New World and Summit Records. He is also editor of Southern Music Company's The Complete Hornist, a music series for horn.

Bacon has served on the faculties of Arizona State University, Rice University, University of Houston, Syracuse University and Oakland University. He has given master classes and clinics at hundreds of universities and colleges around the world.

For more information, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.