Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Horns, Haydn and Hilarity"

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Location Amphitheater

$45–55, Preferred seating available, gate pass or event ticket required.

General Admission • $45
(Festival seating and standing room; included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)

Preferred • $55
(Assigned seats on floor; $10 add-on for those with a valid gate pass)


Pre-sale: $10
After 4 p.m. day of show: $15

Purchase Tickets

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Roger Kaza, horn

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No 31 in D major, “Hornsignal” 
Peter Schickele: Pentangle: Five Songs for Horn and Orchestra
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, op. 28

“Horns, Haydn and Hilarity” is a not-to-be-missed concert for anyone who loves the majestic sound of the horn — with an extra dose of fun! Led by CSO principal horn Roger Kaza, this performance will feature the CSO’s exceptional horn section in an assortment of pieces that will amaze and amuse including Haydn’s “Hornsignal” Symphony, Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel, and Peter Schickele’s horn concerto Pentangle. Schickele, perhaps best known via his fictitious pseudonym “P.D.Q. Bach,” has written countless works imbued with theatrical and comedic elements — including this piece — so be on the lookout!

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.

Mr. Milanov has previously appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC, Baltimore, Mexico, Indianapolis, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Oregon, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. His recent season highlights include Tchaikovsky’s critically acclaimed Alexei Ratmansky revival of Swan Lake in Paris with La Scala Ballet and in Zurich with the Zurich Opera, appearances with the Toronto, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg, and National Symphony Orchestras, and his Link Up education projects at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. 

Mr. Milanov has had the privilege to collaborate with some of the world’s finest artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, and André Watts. During his eleven-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov served as Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  

Mr. Milanov studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. In addition to his musical achievements, Mr. Milanov is a passionate chef and frequently dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.

Roger Kaza, horn

​Roger Kaza is Principal Horn for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest performer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Kaza has also appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Vancouver Symphony and Houston Symphony, as well as the Carlos Chavez Chamber Orchestra in Mexico City.

A frequent chamber musician, Roger Kaza has performed at numerous venues, including the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Mainly Mozart, and the Aspen and Marrowstone festivals. During the summer months, he serves as instructor of horn at the Chautauqua Institution’s Music School, where he is Principal Horn of the Chautauqua Symphony. In January of 2019, he will join the faculty of Youth Music Culture Guangdongin Guangzhou, China, hosted by artistic director Yo-Yo Ma.