James Smelser, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s horn section since 2000, shares what many years of experience have taught him about playing second horn parts to maintain the high musical expectations of the CSO. He recalls fond memories of playing for 13 years next to the orchestra’s former principal horn, Dale Clevenger, and describes the role he now also occupies as the chairman of the CSO Members Committee.
InterMISSION @ the CSO, Episode 2: James Smelser
Published October 5, 2020
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