UA French horn students to perform

The UA Betty Katzen Horn Studio will present its fourth annual “Horn Ensembles Large and Small” concert at the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The program, under the direction of associate professor of horn Daniel Katzen, will include music by Basler, Beethoven, Davis, Kallstrom, Reicha, Schenk and Shaw.

The musicians are all UA student members of the Katzen Horn Studio, including Chris Blanco, Kate Canady, Kaitlin Dickson, Katherine Fackrell, Josh Floyd, Sean Gale, Brian Godshall, Michelle Heusser, Mike Mesner, Kevin O’Brien and Robert Palmer.

As a performance training school, the UA School of Music presents more than 300 concerts a year. Katzen said the more public appearances the students make, the stronger their performing skills become; many aspire to perform professionally.

“Horn players generally stick together,” Katzen said, “and enjoy merging their sounds with each other. The opportunity to perform in both small and large groups gives them experience in the various needs and differences each group presents.”

Katzen, a professional horn player formerly with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, often refers to the difficulty of developing proficiency and high performance excellence on the instrument. But composers from Bach to Copland have admired and plumbed the wide range of the instrument. According to composer Robert Schumann, “The sound of the horn is the soul of the orchestra.”

— Donald J. Behnke


TED Talks to feature ‘ideas worth spreading’

“How Societies Can Grow Old Better,” a talk by scientist and author Jared Diamond, will be the first of four TED Talks streamed over the Internet and projected on the “big screen” in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building beginning at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, was founded in 1984 to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”

The four TED talks to be presented Wednesday at Academy Village are:

  • In “How Societies Can Grow Old Better,” Diamond discusses an irony behind the latest efforts to extend human life: It’s no picnic to be an old person in a youth-oriented society. Older people can become isolated, lacking meaningful work and low on funds. In this talk, Diamond looks at how different societies treat their elders — some better, some worse — and suggests we all take advantage of experience.
  • “The Voice of the Natural World,” by natural-sounds expert Bernie Krause, who has been recording wild soundscapes — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae — for 45 years. This is a surprising look at what we can learn through nature’s symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.
  • “Why Our IQ Levels are Higher Than Our Grandparents,’ ” by James Flynn, a New Zealand-based moral philosopher. It’s called the “Flynn effect” — the fact that each generation scores higher on an IQ test than the generation before it. Are we actually getting smarter, or just thinking differently? In this fast-paced spin through the cognitive history of the 20th century, Flynn suggests that changes in the way we think have had surprising (and not always positive) consequences.
  • “My Glacier Cave Discoveries,” by Ed Cartaya. “Snow Dragon.” “Pure Imagination.” “Frozen Minotaur.” These are the names Cartaya and his climbing partner Brent McGregor gave three glacier caves they were the first to explore. A ranger at Deschutes National Forest in Oregon, Cartaya not only solves cave crimes, he also explores the ever-changing system of caves within Mount Hood’s Sandy Glacier.

— H. Deon Holt

Jan. 30

Lasseter to set the record straight

on Chiricahua Apaches’ history

Jack Lasseter is a speaker originally from the East who adopted, embraced and now helps us understand the history of the Southwest.

Lasseter came to the Southwest from Detroit when he was only 5 years old, grew up in Tucson and went to the University of Arizona for both undergraduate and law schools. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a JAG officer and practiced law in Tucson for the next 36 years.

Now retired, Lasseter exploits his love of history by conducting research and examining topics that include cowboys, ranchers, outlaws, pioneers, miners, frontier women, frontier soldiers, Apaches, Navajos and the Spanish.

His popular talks are sellouts on the speaking circuit he normally covers — parks, museums, book fairs, art centers, community centers and public radio.

His talk at the Arizona Senior Academy, set for 3:30 Jan. 30, will focus on the story of the “Chiricahua Apaches, the Phantoms of the Southwest.”

Lasseter will talk about where they came from, how they lived, what they ate, how they raised their children and how they prepared their young men to become warriors.

In 1861 the Bascom Affair (an apparent kidnapping of a settler’s son by American Indians) ignited the pioneer route through this part of Arizona into an inferno of Apache depredations, as Cochise went to war against the United States. Not until 1886, with Geronimo’s surrender, did peace return to the area.

This defining episode in the Apache story has often been inaccurately rendered, especially in Western movies. So Lasseter tries to make clear what really happened to the people on whose land we live today.

— Brack Brown