The Sonoma State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble closes a momentous season with a program that honors the past and looks to the future. Joining the SWE is guest artist Joseph Ognibene, principal horn player with the Iceland Symphony, performing the Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss. Andy Collinsworth will conduct the concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 5 in Weill Hall.
Other works on the program include Robert Jager's fast-paced overture Esprit de Corps, Ralph Guenther's arrangement of Two Chorale Preludes by Johannes Brahms, Walter Piston's 1951 classic,Tunbridge Fair, Steven Bryant's Dusk, Eric Whitacre's Ghost Train, and Paul Hindemith's March from Symphonic Metamorphosis.
Joseph Ognibene, horn, began his studies in Los Angeles with Ralph Pyle and Vincent De Rosa. Later he went to Germany where he studied with Hermann Baumann and won third prize at the 1978 Prague Spring Competition.
He has been principal horn of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra since 1981 and is also a founding member of the Reykjavik Wind Quintet. With the ISO and RWQ he can be heard in countless CD recordings on the Chandos, BIS and Naxos labels.
As a soloist, Ognibene has performed and recorded several works with the ISO and appeared at numerous International Horn Society workshops worldwide. He has been a member of the advisory council of the International Horn Society since 2008 and was elected vice president in 2012.
Tickets are $10-$15 and available online at http://www.sonoma.edu/music/performances/.
To speak with a box office representative call (707) 664-2353 weekdays between 2-5 p.m. Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance off Rohnert Park Expressway. Parking is $5 and is available in Lots O and L.