Published: April 6, 2017

MSU’s Abrams Planetarium hosts horn recital

Contact(s): Shannon Schmoll Abrams Planetarium office: (517) 355-4676

Michigan State University’s Abrams Planetarium will be the site of a unique concert that combines the power of music with the visuals that the planetarium has to offer.

“Dim the Lights,” presented by the Corna Forza Horn Quartet, will be at 6 p,m. April 13 in the Abrams Planetarium sky theater. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come basis.

“This concert is dedicated to exploring and embracing music, not only through sound but through the immersion of sight as well,” said Mary Beth Orr, the leader of the group who also performs with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

The group is composed of MSU master’s-level music students – Orr, who is studying horn performance as a Distinguished Fellow; as well as Andrew Dodson, Sam Gowen and Nicole VandenBosch.

Orr said all the music that will be performed during “Dim the Lights” will be songs composed by females.

“The reality,” she said, “is that many female composers of brass literature are not known and under-published. It has nothing to do with the quality of the music, but more a lack of publicity, in a field where women tend to be overshadowed, more out of habit, than malice.”

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