Park University International Center for Music Concert to Feature National Symphony Orchestra Principal Hornist

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Abel PereiraPark University International Center for Music concerts typically feature performances by world renowned artists in the realms of piano and string instruments. But on Thursday, March 23, the ICM will host Abel Pereira, Ph.D., principal horn for the National Symphony Orchestra in a concert at the 1900 Building in Mission Woods, Kan., starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $20 and can be purchased at

Pereira, born in Portugal in the late 1970s, was appointed principal horn of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2015. He was a founding member of the ARZTIZ Woodwind Quintet and Porto (Portugal) Brass Quintet, and also served as music director for the Portuguese Horn Ensemble. Among his many awards include first prizes at the National Wind Competition (1994) and Young Musicians National Radio Competition (1996), both in Portugal. Pereira has three degrees from Porto University, including a master’s degree in music industry marketing and a doctorate in coaching/performance.

The concert is scheduled to feature the following program:
          •  “Horn Trio, Op. 40,” composed by Johannes Brahms
                 --  Performed by Pereira; Ben Sayevich, violin, ICM professor of music/violin; and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, piano, ICM director of collaborative piano
          •  “Des Canyons aux Étoiles” (From the canyons to the stars), composed by Oliver Messiaen
                 --  Performed by Pereira
          •  “Octet in F Major, D. 803,” composed by Franz Schubert
                 --  Performed by Pereira; Sayevich; Daniel Veis, cello, ICM visiting assistant professor/cello; and guest performers Peter Chun, viola, T.K. DeWitt, bassoon, Evan Halloin, double bass, Natalia Korenchuk, violin, and Raymond Santos, clarinet

The ICM’s 2016-17 concert season resumes on Saturday, April 8, with a concert featuring Veis and his wife, pianist Helena Veisova. The performance will be held in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free. For more information about the International Center for Music and its current season, visit