The Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor David Hattner, presents French hornist, Daniel Wions, performing the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 on Saturday evening, March 18, 8:30 p.m., at the Berner Middle School, Carmans Mill Road, Massapequa. The orchestral selections include Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C-Minor and the Leonore Overture No. 3 by Beethoven.
Daniel Wions, a New Jersey native from a musical family, started piano by ear at age 2, piano lessons at age 6, and French horn at age 9. He received a Bachelor of Music in horn performance from Indiana University, with minors in piano and composition. Wions toured Europe with various ensembles conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel, and he was a guest soloist, playing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, at the Kennedy Center's National Concert Party. Some special honors include performing at Carnegie Hall with Ronan Tynan, playing a benefit concert on the piano for the Guggenheim Foundation and being selected to play for the Dalai Lama. Some of his teachers include Michelle Baker, Myron Bloom and Scott Brubaker. Wions has toured Europe and Japan with various ensembles, and currently is on the faculty of the Westminster Conservatory of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.
The Massapequa Philharmonic is composed of about 70 local musicians and is one of the largest orchestras on Long Island. Guest conductor David Hattner, an honors graduate of Northwestern University, studied clarinet with Robert Marcellus and has lived in New York City since 1996. He is the musical director and clarinetist of the New Jersey-based chamber ensemble Camerata Atlantica, and is the principal clarinetist with the Princeton Symphony. In 2001 he made a much praised CD, The Clarinetist Composer. As a conductor, Hattner has led concerts with the Oklahoma Chamber Ensemble and the Garden State Philharmonic. In the summers of 2003 and 2005, he was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, where he worked with David Zinman, the former conductor of the Baltimore Symphony. Last month Hattner conducted Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, music composed to accompany the 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, at the Winter Garden in lower Manhattan. The New York Times noted that "David Hattner conducted a calmly authoritative performance."