February 1, 2017

Schroeder Hall’s Brombaugh Organ Stars on Faculty Recital

Sonoma State University’s annual Wind Power concert on February 23 will feature Jonathan Dimmock, organist, playing Buxtehude’s Magnificat primi toni and chamber works with winds on Schroeder Hall’s renowned Brombaugh pipe organ.

Featured woodwind and brass faculty members include Kathleen Reynolds (flute), Laura Reynolds (oboe), Daniel Gianola-Norris (trumpet), Ruth Wilson (horn), Brian S. Wilson (trombone) and guest hornist John Lounsbery.

Ancient Calls and Echoes for two horns and organ will receive its world premiere. Commissioned by Lounsbery, Ancient Calls and Echoes was composed by Brian S. Wilson specifically for the university's Brombaugh Opus 9. The performance begins at 7:30 pm on February 23 in Schroeder Hall.


Gabrieli - Sonata pian’ e forte (Daniel Gianola-Norris, trumpet; Ruth Wilson, horn; John Lounsbery, horn; Brian S. Wilson, trombone)
Buxtehude - Magnificat primi toni (Jonathan Dimmock, organ) 
JS Bach - Flute Sonata in A, BWV 1032 (Kathleen Reynolds, flute)
Fasch - Trumpet Concerto in D (Daniel Gianola-Norris, piccolo trumpet) 
Quantz - Trio Sonata in C minor (Kathleen Reynolds, flute; Laura Reynolds, oboe)
Torelli - Trumpet Concerto in D (Daniel Gianola-Norris, trumpet)
Krebs - Oboe Fantasia in F minor (Laura Reynolds, oboe)
Brian S. Wilson - Ancient Calls and Echoes for two horns and organ - Premiere (John Lounsbery and Ruth Wilson, horns)

Tickets are $8, parking included, and free of charge to SSU students with ID. For more information, call the Box Office at (707) 664-4246 or email tickets@sonoma.edu.  Schroeder Hall is located at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center, near the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road.





Concert organist Jonathan Dimmock has distinguished himself through his dazzling and highly sensitive performances in churches, major concert halls, music festivals and cathedrals throughout the world. Lauded for his diverse repertoire and his engagement with audiences, his performing is marked by both musical depth and a distinctive personalness, causing audiences immediately to warm to him. Hailed by the Eskilstuna-Kuriren (Sweden) for “power and flaming brio,” cited by the Natal Mercury (South Africa) for “musicianship, taste, and unostentatious virtuosity,” and described by the Adelaide Advertiser (Australia) as playing in such a way that “the organ has rarely sounded more clear and multi-hued than in his very expert and virtuoso hands and feet,” Jonathan is considered by many to be one of the leading musicians in his field.

Inspired, as a young boy, by two significant historical figures, Thomas Edison and J. S. Bach, Jonathan, himself, is noteworthy as both an entrepreneur (like Edison) and a multi-faceted artist (like Bach). Of the many organizations, ensembles, and non-profits he has founded, the award-winning American Bach Soloists stands out among the biggest musical ensembles, followed by AVE (Artists’ Vocal Ensemble), the acclaimed professional vocal ensemble, which he directs, specializing in Renaissance and contemporary polyphony. He plays keyboards with many ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony, where he has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s greatest conductors. His solo performing career, as well as his work as an accompanist, takes him on foreign and domestic tours.

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Yale School of Music and Yale Divinity School, he became the first American ever to hold the prestigious position of Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey. He then went on to serve three American cathedrals, St. John the Divine in New York City, and St. Mark’s in Minneapolis, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and over twelve years at the largest Jesuit Church in the United States: St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. Jonathan now resides in California, serving as Choir Director and Accompanist at Congregation Sherith Israel and as Organist for the San Francisco Symphony. With the San Francisco Symphony he participated in the Grammy award-winning CD recording of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (Classical Album of the year for 2009).His teachers and mentors have included Dame Gillian Weir, Peter Hallock, Paul Halley, Simon Preston, Jean Langlais, Harald Vogel, Ton Koopman, William Porter, J. Franklin Clark, Thomas Murray, Gerre Hancock, and Haskell Thomson.
His interest in French improvisational styles led him to pursue study with Frédéric Blanc, Naji Hakim, and Gerre Hancock. He is a published composer and writer, and his more-than-forty CDs appear on labels including Gothic, Loft, Raven, BCI Records, Time-Warner Recordings, and Koch International. He has been interviewed and featured on National Public Radio, Radio France, BBC3, ABC (Australia), MTV2 (Budapest), BCC (Barbados), and SABC (South Africa).His appreciation of the healing power of music and the arts led him to found Resonance – an organization using music in international conflict resolution. He loves to be engaged in conversation on the topics of Philosophy, Psychology, Spirituality and the Arts. Visit Jonathan at http://www.jonathandimmock.com/about/.


Brian Scott Wilson is a composer and conductor whose catalog includes chamber music, jazz, musical theatre, opera, choral, wind band and orchestral works. Winner of the International Trombone Association Composition Award, his music has been performed nationally and in Greece, Italy, Israel, Russia, Colombia, Latvia, Estonia, France, and Costa Rica. A native of Lynn, MA, Brian holds a BM in Composition and Music Education from New England Conservatory, an MA in Composition from the University of Chicago and a DMA in Conducting from the University of Arizona. His teachers include Malcolm Peyton, Edward Diamente, Dan Asia, Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran (composition) and Barbara Schubert, Michael Walters, Gregg Hanson and Kurt Klippstater (conducting). Brian has participated in conducting workshops under Frederick Fennell and Sergiu Commissiona. When not at his station as Professor of Music, Department Chair and Director of Jewish Studies at Sonoma State University, Brian is usually daydreaming about his next travel adventure. Visit him at http://brianswilson.com/.




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