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Germanic Classics


Scott Speck, conductor

Paul Clifton, horn

Thursday January 01 at

Frauenthal Theater

Tickets: $22, $27, $43, $54
Student tickets: $10


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Paul Clifton

Sister to the famous Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C major begins this homage to German composers of the classical period. Then, WMS Principal horn Paul Clifton is featured on Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto no. 1. The concert closes with a work by classical music’s greatest child prodigy, Felix Mendelssohn, who poured his dramatic and harmonically adventurous gifts into his Symphony no. 1.

Fanny Mendelssohn: Overture in C major
Strauss: Horn Concerto no.1, Paul Clifton, horn
Mendelssohn: Symphony no.1 C minor

Join us for a FREE Lunch n’ Learn event about Austrian & Germanic Classics on Wed, Jan 10, Noon @ The Block. For more information >

Paul Clifton is principal horn in the West Michigan Symphony. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 as a Bachelor of Music in horn performance, studying with Dr. Lin Foulk. Paul now freelances in the Midwest, also holding positions in the Illinois and Southwest Michigan Symphonies, and plays as a substitute with the Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, South Bend, Lansing, Battle Creek and Ann Arbor Symphonies.

Paul is engaged to Quinn O’Donnell, a budding music educator, and lives in Kalamazoo with her and their 13-year old “kitten” Brooksie (she weighs just 5 lbs!) Along with practicing, other parts of Paul’s life include interests in biking, sports, craft beer, theology and putting together puzzles.

Paul will join the rest of the horn section, Greg Bassett, Lisa Honeycutt, and Leah Brockman at The Block on Sat. Feb. 20 for a celebration of musical history titled “Bach to Bach.” Using the horn to provide a window into the history of music over the last few centuries, the program will include performance, instruction and hands-on exploration.