Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Los Angeles Horn Trio


Steven Durnin -French horn

Jacqueline Suzuki - violin

Susan Svrček - piano

For more information about the Los Angeles Horn Trio,
contact Jacqueline Suzuki

REVIEW of the Los Angeles Horn Trio by Stephen Cohn:

Please scroll down for bios.


>>>Music at Noon (free admission)
Friday,  OCTOBER 24, 2014 at 12 noon (half hour program)
Calvary Presbyterian Church
1050 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
EDWARD ELGAR Salut d'Amour for violin & piano
LENNOX BERKELEY Horn Trio, Op. 44 (1953)
Free 30 minute concert beginning at  12 noon,
followed by lunch ($3). Very pleasant venue!

>>> Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 19, 2014 at 12:10-12:40 pm
First Baptist Church of Glendale
209 N. Louise St. (at Wilson)
Glendale, CA 91206
MAX BRUCH Movements 1-4 from Eight Pieces, Op.83 (transcribed for horn trio)

>>> Second Saturday Concert Series
Saturday, OCTOBER 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church
610 E. California Ave.
Glendale, CA 91206


>>>  OCTOBER 19, 2014
The Los Angeles Horn Trio
was invited by Music Director Frank Basile
to help inaugurate the STEINWAY
at the St. Bede's (Mar Vista)
"Friends of Music Piano Celebration Concert"

>>>Brand Associates Music Series
Sunday JUNE 8, 2014 at 2 pm
1601 West Mountain St.
Glendale, CA 91201-1200
BRAHMS Horn Trio in Eb Major, Op.40
and works by Duvernoy, Ganne, Piazzolla & Barboteu

>>>Music at Noon (free admission)
Friday,  JUNE 6, 2014 at 12 noon (half hour program)
Calvary Presbyterian Church
1050 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
BRAHMS Horn Trio, Op.40
Free 30 minute concert beginning at  12 noon,
followed by lunch ($3). Very pleasant venue!

>>>Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts
Wednesday JUNE 4, 2014 at 12:10-12:40 pm
First Baptist Church of Glendale
209 N. Louise St. (at Wilson)
Glendale, CA 91206
EDWARD ELGAR Salut d'Amour for violin & piano
LENNOX BERKELEY Horn Trio, Op. 44 (1953)

>>>Music@Pierce College
Thursday MAY 22, 2014 at  12:45-2:00 pm
Music Building  Rm. 3400
6201 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Program: BRAHMS Horn Trio, Op. 40
and works by Duvernoy, Ganne & Piazzolla

>>> 8/21/2013 12:10-12:40 pm
Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts
AUGUST 21, 2013 at 12:10-12:40 pm
Horn trios by
KIRSTIN FIFE Cornicopia (premiere)
JOHN SCOTT House of Shadows

Program notes:

 Frédéric DUVERNOY was born in Montbéliard the 15th of October 1765. He is supposed to have started all by himself his horn as well as composition studies. In 1788 he entered l'Orchestre de la Comédie Italienne in Paris and in 1790 he became a part of la Musique des Gardes Françaises. He was admitted in l'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris in 1797 and in 1801 he was chosen "to play the solos". Duvernoy has composed concerts for horn, concertant symphonies as well as chamber music with horn. He died in Paris and his portrait is to be found at the Musée de la Bibliothèque de l'Opéra.

Cornicopia  was written for the Los Angeles Horn Trio in the Spring of 2013 by Kirstin Fife.  The one movement work makes use of traditional hunting horn motifs and quartal harmonies.  It is comprised of two basic themes:  the hunting theme, alternating with a contrasting hymn-like secondary theme.   The title is a pun on Cornucopia or “horn of plenty” and corni which is the word for French horn in musical scores. 

The composer is a graduate of the Yale School of Music, where in addition to her violin studies, she studied orchestration with Jacob Druckman and composition with Martin Bresnick and Richard Lee.  After returning to Los Angeles, Kirstin Fife worked as a violinist, with activities that included, solo, chamber, orchestral and recording.  In 2012, she released a CD, “Pieces of My Heart” which included two original compositions and nine original transcriptions of popular music.

A note on "House of Shadows"

The magnificent Brahms horn trio was my primary inspiration for "House of Shadows".  As a boy I used to hear musical instruments in fanciful ways, I imagined the sound of the horn as a long dark shadow while the violin I saw as thin streaky shadows that darted about.  The piano cast complex shadows because of its polyphonic ability.  There was no television in those days and for amusement my sister and I used to play shadow games with a flickering candle, casting shadows that we invented with our hands, thus the movement "Shadow Games.  Then, deep in the darkest shadow we discover the  "Soul of the House"  To this day I still feel that certain houses have happy souls whereas others have sad souls and yet others seem to have an evilness buried deep within their walls. I live in a very happy house.

John Scott.  August 11, 2013.

>>>   6/19/2013 12:10-12:40 pm
Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts
JUNE 19, 2013 at 12:10-12:40 pm
BRAHMS Horn Trio, Op.40

>>>   4/16/2013 Noon- 1pm
Los Angeles City College Daytime Concert Series - Free
Los Angeles Horn Trio:
A program of works by Britten, Duvernoy, Ganne, Piazzolla and Brahms.

Tuesday at 12:00 noon
Music Building, Clausen Hall, Room 247
Los Angeles City College
855 North Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles CA
[Hollywood/LosFeliz] [Free]

>>>   4/17/2013 8pm


performing music of Benjamin Britten, Johannes Brahms, Astor  

Piazzolla and Louis Ganne.

MiMoDa Studio (entrance from the Paper or Plastik Cafe)

5772 W.  Pico Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90019

Phone(323) 937-0488

Suggested donation-$10, students-$5, 

musicians who have performed previously-free

B. Britten March & Lullaby from Suite, Op.6 for violin & piano

Jacqueline Suzuki - violin

Susan Svrček - piano


Louis Ganne Extase: Reverie, No.4

A. Piazzolla Oblivion

Arranged for piano trio by Jose Bragato

Arrangement for horn by Steven Durnin

J. Brahms Horn Trio in Eb Major, Opus 40 

>>> 1/27/2013 2pm
LCPC Ovations Arts Series 2012-2013 presents
200 Years of Music for Horn, Violin & Piano

In the Sanctuary at 
626 Foothill Blvd.
LaCanada, CA 91011
Admission at door: $15; $10 with student ID

Frederic DUVERNOY Trio No.1 in C Major
Louis GANNE Extase: Reverie, No.4
Astor PIAZZOLLA Oblivion
Johannes BRAHMS Horn Trio in Eb Major, Op.40

Steven Durnin took his first professional orchestra position on French horn with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz in Veracruz Mexico in 1980. Steve returned to Los Angeles in the spring of 1982 and began his freelance career.  Mr. Durnin has worked for most of the top composers and arrangers in “The Industry,” including John Williams, Henry Mancini, Allen Silvestry, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Lalo Shifrin, and many more.
In addition, Mr. Durnin has always been an active live performer. Included in the list of groups he performs with are: The Long Beach Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The Pasadena Symphony, The Santa Barbara Symphony, The New West Symphony, The Long Beach Opera, The Riverside County Philharmonic, The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, The Pasadena Pops Orchestra, The San Luis Obispo Symphony, and The Capistrano Valley Symphony. He was Principal horn of the Oregon Coast Music Festival.

Jacqueline Suzuki, violin, is a longtime member of the Long Beach and Santa Barbara Symphonies and is a veteran freelancer in Southern California.  She has performance degrees from Mannes College of Music in New York City and California Institute of the Arts.

Jacqueline Suzuki founded and directs Kewa Civic Concerts, fiscally sponsored by the Pasadena Arts Council.  The mission of Kewa is to present free and low cost admission community concerts and outreach performances at pediatric hospitals. Two of the projects for which Ms. Suzuki is curator are the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts and a concert series at the Edendale Branch Library in Echo Park.

As a Los Angeles freelancer, she has performed with many ensembles and in many genres, from rock, jazz, Latin and Arabic, to playing in the pit for the Bolshoi Ballet and onstage with the Three Tenors. She has recorded with diverse artists: Snoop Dogg, Neil Sedaka, Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, Bocelli, Lalo Schifrin, McCoy Tyner, Placido Domingo and many others, and appears on recordings by the Long Beach, Santa Barbara and Pacific Symphonies. She has spent summers at the Peter Britt, Oregon Coast, Carmel Bach and Cabrillo Festivals and has performed in a string quartet “in residence” on a raft trip down the Green River in Utah. Tours have taken her multiple times to Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, Europe, and in the Middle East as well as throughout the US.

Pianist Susan Svrček has established a versatile career that encompasses critically acclaimed solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances in the United States and abroad. A winner of the Concert Artists’ Guild International Competition in New York, she made her debut in Carnegie Recital Hall. She has also had solo engagements from the Boston Museum of Fine Art to Tokyo’s Zero Hall, Art Hall in Seoul, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. She has been soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. She has been a featured artist on National Public Radio, Bavarian National Radio, and NHK Radio (Japan). She is noted for her wide range of repertoire, from Mozart and Beethoven to Xenakis and Boulez. She has achieved mastery in her performances, as noted in the Los Angeles Times, “because she has probed so carefully into, and brought so many facets out of the massive repertory for the solo piano, one comes to her recitals with high expectations, new thrills, rediscovered gems, unknown masterpieces.”  She is one of the founding pianists for the Los Angeles-based recital series Piano Spheres and performs with cellist Simone Vitucci in the duo, Wired.

An avid teacher, Susan Svrček is in demand to give master classes across the U.S., as well as in Japan and Korea. Currently, she is the chair of the Piano Department at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. To promote music throughout the community and its school system, she performed in several Los Angeles Philharmonic productions of “Beethoven’s in the House”, an educational program sponsored by Toyota.  She has recorded for CRI, Cambria, and ORFEO. Her performance of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano has been released by Centaur.  She holds two degrees from CalArts, a master’s degree from Yale University, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.  Susan Svrček is a Steinway Artist.