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Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 11:46 am

FRENCH HORN COMES HOME

William Lane knew from the time he was 14 that he wanted to play the French horn professionally. As a 10-year-old boy growing up in Jacksonville, Lane saw his first professional orchestra when the St. Louis Symphony played at MacMurray College, and his mother brought home a French horn for him the very next day.

He recorded professionally for movies like Animal House and Back to the Future and the original “A-Team” TV series. (Remember “Little House on the Prairie”? That was him in the opening song.) He played under Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, soloed with the Boston Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic and retired after 37 years as principal French horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Sept. 9.

Now Lane is returning to Jacksonville to play a solo concert at the same school where he first fell in love with the symphony.

“I’m very excited about it,” Lane says. “The last time I played for many of them was in high school, and I’ll be playing the same concerto in full this time.”

Tickets are $15 and are available at County Market or by mailing a check to the Jacksonville Symphony Society, PO Box 32, Jacksonville, Ill. 62651. For more information, visit jaxsym.com or email jaxsym@jaxsym.com.
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