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Meliora Weekend: Cornucopia: Charles Valenza Horn Collection Concert

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  • Location:
    Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
  • Date:
    Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • Time:
    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Event Description

Special Performance on Rare Collection of Horns from Charles Valenza at
the Eastman School of Music

Musician, hornist, and collector Charles Valenza (BM ’50, MM ’53) will have several of his renowned collection of twenty-eight horns, from the late 18th century to mid-20th century, featured in a performance on Sunday, October 15 at 7 pm in Kilbourn Hall, at the Eastman School of Music.

The collection consists of instruments by renowned makers from around the world, including Paxman of London; Carl Geyer of Chicago; Gebr. Alexander of Germany; Lidl–Brno, Czechoslovakia; C.F. Schmidt, Berlin; Antoine Halari of Paris; and many others. The instruments include antique horns, natural horns, double horns, and triple horns, as well as a hunting horn. Images and descriptions may be viewed here:

"The Charles Valenza collection is one of the most iconic horn collections in private ownership in the world, and was constituted to show the history and development of the horn from its early roots as an instrument used in the hunt (trompe de chasse), through the natural-horn era, the advent of valves, and ultimately to the present day,” said Professor Kurau. “It is distinctive not only in its breadth, but also in that it is a collection that is intended to be played, and not simply viewed in a museum setting. We at the Eastman School are very fortunate to bring this collection to sonic life in our concert on October 15."

Mr. Valenza, a well-known musician, horn player, and attorney in the Rochester, New York area, studied horn with the legendary Arkady Yegudkin (“The General”) and won a coveted Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music in 1950. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed with the 144th/145th Air Force Band at the Sampson Air Force Base near Geneva, New York. Mr. Valenza played first horn in the band, and conducted the Sampsonaires Airmen’s Chorus, which toured extensively and appeared on the Arthur Godfrey and Ed Sullivan TV shows. After his discharge from the Air Force in 1955, he entered the University of Michigan Law School. After he graduated in 1957, he returned to Rochester, where he enjoyed a successful legal career until he retired. He practiced with two firms in Rochester and, for several years, he was the County Attorney (the chief legal officer) for the County of Monroe, which includes the City of Rochester.

This concert is free and open to the public.

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