April 8, 2015

"Heavenly" Brass Concert to Feature Ballet Orchestra Soloist

The Sonoma State University Brass Ensemble will present “Heaven and Earth,” music that evokes the spiritual and the humble aspects of humanity, on April 19 at 2 pm in Schroeder Hall. Brian S. Wilson will conduct the 16-piece ensemble, celebrating its 10th year at Sonoma State.

Featured soloist is Scott Thornton, principal bass trombonist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Thornton will play the “Recitative and Prayer” from Berlioz’ Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale, composed for military band in 1840 for the inauguration of the magnificent bronze July Column—the focal point of the Place de la Bastille in Paris.

Scott Thornton is the principal Bass Trombonist for the San Francisco Ballet orchestra, a position he has held since 1995. He was born and raised in Dallas,Texas and started playing the trombone in the sixth grade in the public school system and switched to the Bass Trombone in the eighth grade. He received his Bachelor of Music from The University of Houston and was working on his Master's in Music Performance at The Juilliard School before he won his position with the ballet orchestra. Mr. Thornton has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, the Minnesota Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra, and has recorded many soundtracks for movies, video games, and commercials at Skywalker Ranch. Scott lives in Petaluma with his wife, Laura, and their three sons Jacob, Logan, and Caleb.

Tickets are $8 and available at the door and online at the Ticket link below. Schroeder Hall is located at the Green Music Center near the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. Call 707-664-2324 for information.



VERDI                         Requiem
MENDELSSOHN         Mitten wir in Leben sind from Three Sacred Choruses
BERLIOZ                     Prayer and Recitative from Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale
CARMICHAEL             Stardust 
RODGERS                   Medley from The Sound Of Music
GRIEG                         Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 



Media Contact

Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicist
Program Annotator, Green Music Center
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928