By GUY FLETCHER
Lamenting over the less-than-sparkling condition of his horns, Barry Tuckwell, perhaps the world's most famous French horn player, had a confession.
"I've had a bad Brasso day," he said, prompting laughter from the audience at the Maryland Theatre.
Officially, it was "Maestro Tuckwell Presents the Mysteries of the French Horn," but it could have been simply called Horn 101. For nearly an hour Friday afternoon, Tuckwell took his "students," more than 100 people who came for the free lunchtime program, through hundreds of years of horns and horn playing.
He amused and amazed the audience with his ability to play everything from a wooden Australian Aborigine horn to a 22-foot horn made of leather. He even played a horn fashioned from a garden hose with a funnel attached.