School of Music to Offer Two Performances During 2nd Annual Pokorny Low Brass Seminar

Gene Pokorny in School of Music

Renowned tubaist and Redlands alumnus to lead seminar, performances

June 10, 2009 -

The University of Redlands School of Music will be offering two performances during the second annual Pokorny Low Brass Seminar, led by Gene Pokorny, the principal tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a University of Redlands alumnus, and Randall Hawes, Detroit Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist.

The seminar will take place from June 29 through July 3 on the University of Redlands campus with an opening recital on June 29 featuring Pokorny and Hawes. On July 2, the Redlands Low Brass Ensemble will give its debut recital featuring University of Redlands School of Music Dean Andrew Glendening, Presidio Brass Quintet trombonist Sean Reusch, Gene Pokorny and Randall Hawes.

After attending the University of Redlands and graduating from the University of Southern California, Pokorny played in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While in Los Angeles he played in several movie soundtracks including "Jurassic Park" and "The Fugitive."

Pokorny was invited by Sir Georg Solti to play with the Solti Orchestra Project at Carnegie Hall and with his World Orchestra for Peace, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. In September 2000, he participated in a reunion of the World Orchestra for Peace. In June 2000, he premiered John Stevens' Journey, Concerto for Contrabass Tuba and Orchestra with the Chicago Symphony.

Pokorny also participates in the Chicago Orchestra’s Education Department by giving music appreciation classes to children through the group. He is on the Honorary Board of Directors of the International Women's Brass Conference.

Pokorny performs solo recitals internationally and, in addition to his three solo CDs, he has a recording of orchestral tuba parts played alone for the benefit of young tuba players readying themselves for professional auditions. In 2006, a play-along CD/workbook on the Hip-Bone Music Publications label was released as a collaborative effort between Pokorny and the Rolling Stones' trombonist Michael Davis. He wrote an exclusive chapter pertaining to orchestral auditions for the Tuba Source Book published by Indiana University Press. He has also written articles for the Tuba Journal and The Instrumentalist.

In May 2006, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and in March 2007, he received an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Redlands.

Randall Hawes has been bass trombonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 15 years. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University in 1980, where he studied with William Rivard. He went on to perform with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, American Wind Symphony and the New York Harlem Opera Ensemble, with which he toured Europe for a year performing Porgy and Bess.

From 1982 to 1984, Hawes recorded and toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra. Following a summer as a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, he joined the DSO in the fall of 1985. Within the last five years, Hawes has made many appearances with Chicago's Music of the Baroque Ensemble, Summit Brass, Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The opening recital of the Gene Pokorny Low Brass Seminar will be held Monday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus.

The debut performance of the Redlands Low Brass Ensemble will be held Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m., also in the Memorial Chapel.

Concert admission is $10. For more information on the seminar or concerts, contact the School of Music at (909) 748-8700.

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