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Music Professor Max Otto Matzen to deliver First Kiger Hour Talk of 2013

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

USU music faculty member Max Otto Matzen
Max Otto Matzen, assistant professor of trumpet and brass studies at Utah State University, will deliver the first Kiger Hour talk of the New Year January 17.

Max Otto Matzen, assistant professor of trumpet and brass studies at Utah State University, is the guest speaker at the first Kiger Hour event of 2013. He will discuss Gustav Mahler’s controversial decision to alter Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Matzen’s presentation is Jan. 17, 5:15 to 7 p.m. at Café Sabor.


Matzen’s talk, “Gustav Mahler’s Retuschen: Events leading to the alterations of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the aftermath,” will feature a student guest, sophomore Erik Horne, who will perform a handful of excerpts on trumpet.


According to Matzen, Mahler was no stranger to controversy. Historically, it surrounded the conductor and composer, primarily due to his religious affiliations.


“However, when [Mahler] began taking liberties by making his own alterations to Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony, he fell under heightened scrutiny,” Matzen said. “I plan to briefly examine Mahler’s rationale for his Retuschen, and survey an excerpt of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony that remains altered within contemporary performance practice.”


Matzen started playing the trumpet at age 10. He studied jazz at the University of North Florida and earned his doctorate in classical performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music. Matzen has performed in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Hague, as well as the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.


He researches music pedagogy, baroque era performance practice and the improvisations of jazz trumpeter Blue Mitchell. Before joining the faculty at USU, he was assistant professor of trumpet at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  He is now a faculty member in the Music Department in the Caine College of the Arts.


Meet Matzen and learn more about Gustov Mahler at Kiger Hour, an intellectual program presented by Utah State University and sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Caine College of the Arts. The series is usually offered the third Thursday of the month from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is now held at its new location at Café Sabor, 600 West Center Street, Logan.


A buffet with appetizers, desserts and soft drinks, iced tea or coffee is available. Cost is $6.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and billed on an individual basis. Guests will also be able to order from the regular menu if desired.


For planning purposes, please RSVP to Natalie Archibald Smoot in the college office, 435-797-2796, or email, natalie.archibald@usu.edu. The next timepiece will be Feb. 21.


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Contact: Natalie Smoot, (435) 797-2796, natalie.archibald@usu.edu

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