October 15, 2015
Timm Wind Quintet To Give "Klezmer Overture" World Premiere on October 30

Timm Wind Quintet

From left, Katherine Kemler,
Darrel Hale,
Deborah Chodacki,
Seth Orgel,
Johanna Cox

Sonoma Musica Viva, a new-music alliance at Sonoma State University, will present a  concert featuring music from Eastern Europe performed by Louisiana State University’s Timm Wind Quintet and Sonoma State’s Faculty Brass Quintet. The October 30 performance takes place at 7:30 pm in Schroeder Hall.

The Timm Wind Quintet, in residence for nearly half a century at LSU’s School of Music, will give the world premiere of “Klezmer Overture,” composed by SMV founder Brian S. Wilson. Members of the LSU group will also coach student woodwind and brass quintets during a two-day stopover as part of their West Coast tour.

Timm Quintet’s horn player, Seth Orgel, is well known to Sonoma residents as horn player with the Atlantic Brass Quintet, which has presented several weeklong seminars at SSU. Orgel said, "We are thrilled to be premiering this engaging and fun piece and look forward to working with students during our visit as well."

Other performers include Katherine Kemler, flute; Johanna Cox, oboe; Deborah Chodacki, clarinet; Darrel Hale, bassoon; SSU brass faculty Dave Len Scott, trumpet; Ruth Wilson, horn; Anthony Collins, trombone; with guest performers Daniel Gianola-Norris, trumpet and Scott Thornton, bass trombone.

Tickets are $8 in advance and at the door.

Schroeder Hall is located at Sonoma State’s Green Music Center, two miles east of Highway 101 on Rohnert Park Expressway.


SSU Faculty Brass Quintet
Lutoslawski  - Mini Overture
Husa - Divertimento for Brass
Trad. - Three Klezmer Tunes

LSU Timm Quintet
Wilson - Klezmer Overture (premiere)
Selections from:
Brandon - Five Frogs
Lecuona - La Comparsa
Ligeti - Six Bagatelles for Woodwind Quintet
Parker - Mississippi Five
Szervanszky - Quintet


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The Timm Wind Quintet

The Timm Wind Quintet enjoys a tradition of nearly half a century of superb music making and wind teaching through its continuing residency at the Louisiana State University School of Music. Individually and collectively hailed as extraordinarily gifted performers, the Timm Wind Quintet also incorporates guest artists, creating concerts with a variety of textures and sounds, from solo repertoire through large ensemble works, from music of the Renaissance to that of our own time. With their broad range of performance and teaching experience, the Timm Wind Quintet is uniquely suited to offer residencies and master classes in a variety of settings on a wide range of topics.

Performing extensively throughout the south, mid-west, and west coast, the TWQ has been invited to perform twice at the national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, at several southern division MENC meetings, and at national conventions of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Recent appearances include university campuses, high-school clinics, and performances at national conferences of professional organizations. The quintet is available for performances, master classes, and residencies. Recordings and repertoire lists are available on request.

KATHERINE KEMLER is Charles and Mary Barré Professor of Flute at Louisiana State University, flutist with the Timm Wind Quintet and a regular visiting teacher at the Oxford Flute Summer School in England as well as at the Académie Musicale Internationale de Colombes, near Paris.   She has performed as a soloist in England, Ecuador, Poland, Italy, Slovenia, France, Switzerland, Canada, China, Puerto Rico, Australia, Guatemala, and throughout the US, and made solo broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and National Public Radio.  She has performed at thirteen National Flute Association Conventions in Orlando, New Orleans, Denver, Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Charlotte, and New York City as well as at the British Flute Society National Convention in 2014.  She currently has four commercial compact discs available on the Centaur Label, Skyloom for flute and harp, Sonatina for flute and piano, Virtuoso American Flute Works, and Lipstick, most of which are available on Itunes.   Dr. Kemler studied with Robert Willoughby at Oberlin Conservatory and Samuel Baron at Stony Brook University. 

JOHANNA COX, Associate Professor of Oboe at Louisiana State University, joined the faculty in Fall 2011. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Cox was chosen for Eastman’s Freiburg Exchange Program, bringing her to Germany to study with soloist Heinz Holliger at the Freiburg Musikhochschule. She performed her Carnegie Hall solo debut in October of 2005, of which the New York Concert Review stated, “...a solid recital of high standard, excellent musicianship, and a sense of taste and proportion.” Johanna has been featured as soloist on the “Live from Hochstein” broadcast on WXXI FM radio in her hometown of Rochester, NY.


DEBORAH CHODACKI, Associate Professor of Clarinet at Louisiana State University, joined the faculty in fall 2012. Ms. Chodacki has performed and taught throughout the United States, in Canada, South America, eastern and western Europe, and in Asia. She has held faculty appoint- ments at the University of Michigan, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and East Carolina Uni- versity. Students of Professor Chodacki have earned positions in many ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Philharmonic, Winnepeg Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, and teach in colleges and public schools in the United States, Canada, and abroad. Her degrees are from the Eastman School of Music and North- western University.

DARREL HALE recently joined the Louisiana State University faculty as the Assistant Professor of Bassoon. Mr. Hale holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied with Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa and from the College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with William Winstead and Martin James. An active orchestral performer, Mr. Hale has served as the principal bassoon of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and as the Acting Principal Bassoon of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. As a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, Mr. Hale performed for several season alongside his teacher and mentor, Per Hannevold, in the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He currently serves as the Principal Bassoon of the Baton Rouge Symphony.  

SETH ORGEL, Professor of Horn at Louisiana State University, has degrees from Northwestern University and Louisiana State University.  His principal teachers were Dale Clevenger, Richard Oldberg, and Gail Williams. After more than ten seasons with the Syracuse Symphony horn section he moved to Boston to pursue an active freelance career including shows, jazz orchestras, orchestral and chamber work. Orchestral credits include the Chicago Symphony, the Filarmonica de Caracas, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony.  Mr. Orgel is a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet with whom he tours internationally.  The Atlantic Brass Quintet has seven CDs available, the most recent, Quintet Matinee, was released in September of this year.  Their next CD, recorded this past summer, is entitled Rube Goldberg Variations, for quintet and prepared piano and is written by Princeton composer, Dimitri Tymoczko.

Guest Performers

Daniel Gianola-Norris is active as an orchestral musician, performing with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Sonoma City Opera, and Cinnabar Opera. He has appeared as soloist with the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County, CSUH Symphony Orchestra, SRJC Orchestra, Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra, New Millennium Strings, and the Peabody Camerata. His solo playing with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra was "especially poised and communicative” (The Baltimore Sun). Daniel has presented many full-length solo recitals, often with a special emphasis on contemporary music for trumpet composed by women. He can be heard performing on trumpet, French horn, and flute on the soundtracks to the video games Sam and Max and Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures. Dan teaches studio trumpet at Santa Rosa Junior College and, with his wife Aja, owns and operates “Music to My Ears,” a music education center located in Cotati.

SCOTT THORNTON, bass trombone
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.



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