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September 23, 2018

Fultonian Kevin Owen, Solo Horn For Boston Pops, Returns For Jan. 9 Concert With His Family


Kevin Owen, solo horn of the Boston Pops and other symphony orchestras, and a 1979 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, will return to Fulton for a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 9, in the high school auditorium, it was announced by Steve Chirello, president, Fulton Music Association (FMA).

Kevin Owen, solo horn of the Boston Pops and other symphony orchestras, and a 1979 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, will return to Fulton for a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 9, in the high school auditorium, it was announced by Steve Chirello, president, Fulton Music Association (FMA).

Kevin Owen, solo horn of the Boston Pops and other symphony orchestras, and a 1979 graduate of Fulton's G. Ray Bodley High School, will return to Fulton for a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 9, in the high school auditorium, it was announced by Steve Chirello, president, Fulton Music Association (FMA).

“We are all extremely excited that Kevin and his family will be joining us for this special concert,” Chirello said. “And we not only get the opportunity to hear him play again, but to enjoy performances by his son—also an accomplished horn player—and his wife, an accomplished pianist and teacher.” While in high school, Chirello said, Owen received the Fulton Music Boosters Scholarship. He also participated in the All-State Festival, the Area All-State, and All-County Festivals.  Two of his compositions were selected for exhibition at the Selected Exhibition of New York State High School Arts in Albany.  He earned his varsity letter in gymnastics, was a member of the G. Ray Bodley chapter of the National Honor Society, and was a National Merit Scholar in 1979, as well as receiving a New York Regent’s scholarship.  In 1978, he played Mr. Bratt, Personnel Manager in the G. Ray Bodley production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role he sometimes reprises as Assistant Personnel Manager of the Boston Pops.

He attended Boston University, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and winner of the Outstanding Brass Player award in 1983, as well as the Concerto Competition and the Boston Pops Competition.  He was a member of the Boston Wind Quintet, which won five international chamber music competitions in one year, and became Quintet-in-Residence at Boston University.

After college, Owen became solo horn of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, The Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Philharmonic, and substituted with many other orchestras, including the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, the Syracuse Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and many others throughout New England.  He has been active in musicals, recording, chamber music and teaching.  He is currently on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory of Music, and has also taught at Brown University, Rhode Island College, and Brandeis University

Abraham Owen, Kevin's son, will perform on French Horn at the concert.

Abraham Owen, Kevin's son, will perform on French Horn at the concert.

Owen lives in Rhode Island and has four children, Abraham, 18, Isaac, 16, Jacob, 16, and Beatrice, 14.  Abraham, who will perform at the Jan. 9 concert, was born in 1991 in Boston.  “He took up the horn in order to show up Dad,” Owen said, “Which he did in short order, winning solo horn of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association All-State Festival for three years, and becoming solo horn

of the All-Eastern Band in 2009.  He is currently a freshman at the University of Rhode Island, where he is majoring in both Physics and French. He loves to compose Trance music, a kind of electronic dance music much in vogue in Europe.”

Asako Shibata, Owen’s wife of almost 7 months, is the Registrar of the Winchester Community Music School near Boston.  According to Owens, she is also a piano teacher with a very large studio, and has created a successful Winter Retreat for Pianists program for young musicians.  “Although born in New York City, where her father was a Methodist minister, she grew up in Sapporo, Japan,” Owen said. There she won the Catena Aurus Piano Competition for three consecutive years.  After High School, she attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance.  Since that time she has been busy as a teacher, performer and accompanist, working at the New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music and the Winchester Community Music School.”

Pianist Asako Shibata, wife of Kevin Owen, will also perform at the Jan. 9 concert.

Pianist Asako Shibata, wife of Kevin Owen, will also perform at the Jan. 9 concert.

For more information on the concert, contact Carol Fox at (315) 591-3392.

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