posted February 20, 2013

Erich Peterson to Present French Horn Recital on Feb. 25

Erich Peterson of the Hope College music faculty will present a French horn recital on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The recital will open with “Hunter’s Moon,” by Gilbert Vinter. Following that piece will be “Romanza for Horn and Piano, Op. 59/2,” by Jan Koetsier, and “Sonata for Horn and Piano (2012) Passionato – Allegro, Passacglia: Adagio, Allegro energico,” by James M. Stephenson. After intermission will be “Movements for Horn and Piano, Andante, Allegro, Andante espressivo,” by Richard Faith; “Jagdstück for 2 Horns and Piano,” by Alexander von Zemlinsky; “Vocalise-Waltz for Oboe, Horn and Piano,” by Paul Basler; and “Romance for Oboe, Horn and Piano, Op. 43bis,” by Adolphe Blanc. To conclude the recital, Peterson will perform “The Shepherd and the Shepherdess,” by Hilmar Mückenberger.

Peterson will be assisted by Sarah Peterson, oboe; Matthew Brown, horn; and   Kelly Karamanov, piano.

Peterson, who is an instructor of French horn at Hope, is the assistant principal/second horn with the Grand Rapids Symphony, which he joined in March 2004.  He has also served as personnel manager of the Grand Rapids Symphony since July 2007.  In addition to his teaching at Hope and roles with the symphony, he maintains an active teaching schedule at home as well as on the faculties of Calvin College and Cornerstone University.

Before coming to Grand Rapids, he was a member of the national tour of “Les Miserables,” with which he performed more than 1,500 shows in more than 40 states and Canada over a period of six years. He was also active as a studio musician, having recorded hundreds of television/radio commercials and video game soundtracks. Peterson has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival Orchestra and Chicago Opera Theater.

Peterson received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horn performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Dale Clevenger, Norman Schweikert and Gail Williams.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.