Horn player James Rester to perform Sept. 4 at WCU

Aug 30, 2014
James Rester

CULLOWHEE — Guest artist James Rester, principal horn player with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, will perform a recital at Western Carolina University in the Coulter Building recital hall on Thursday, Sept. 4.



WCU faculty members Travis Bennett and Lillian Pearson will perform with Rester at the event, which is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m.


The Capital Gazette has described Rester’s playing as “magnificent” and possessing “clear, beautiful phrasing” and the Reading Eagle recently lauded his horn solos in a performance of Brahms’ Second Symphony.


In addition to his work with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Rester holds third horn positions with Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He also performed as third horn with the Baltimore Symphony for the 2013-2014 season and frequently substitutes in the Philadelphia Orchestra.


Previously, Rester was a member of the Army Field Band. While performing as principal horn with the group’s concert band, he received the Army Achievement Medal for outstanding performance and the Army Good Conduct Medal. During his enlistment, he performed and taught nationally with band’s chamber ensembles, including brass and woodwind quintets and a horn quartet.


Rester has won six professional auditions and placed as a semi-finalist in auditions with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston, Milwaukee and Richmond Symphonies, among others.


He also has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philly Pops, and orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Richmond Symphony and National Philharmonic. He can be heard on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s recent recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony and playing principal horn on the Delaware Symphony’s 2009 Grammy-nominated album titled “Interchange,” which was recorded with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.


For more information, contact the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.


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