Chicago Symphony Principal Horn Clevenger to retire after 47 years

Posted on: February 20, 2013

In Wednesday’s (2/20) Chicago Sun-Times, Andrew Patner writes, “The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday that Dale Clevenger, the orchestra’s principal horn since 1966, will retire June 30 after an unprecedented 47 years in the first chair. His retirement will take effect a week after the end of the current CSO season and two days before the Tennessee native turns 73. One of the great teachers of the past 50 years as well, Clevenger will join the full-time brass faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington in the fall. His mark is on the CSO’s own unmatched horn section—all of whose members were his students at one point or another—and on, at a minimum, the Berlin and New York Philharmonics and the Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Minnesota and Houston symphony orchestras, where his students also hold tenured seats. … Clevenger was appointed principal horn by music director Jean Martinon in 1966 and made many great recordings under Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, James Levine, Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim.”

Posted February 20, 2013