Learn more about the composers and the music. Attend a Pre-concert Talk!

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Did you know Mozart loved to imitate the meows of cats? How many concertos did Beethoven write? Did Tchaikovsky really think his head would fall off IF he did not hold his chin while conducting? Learn more about the music and the composers before each concert. Led by two of our dedicated professional musicians, Dr. Mary Thornton, trumpet, and Dr. Mark Rogers, bassoon, the Pre-concert Talks are open to everyone. We guarantee you will learn a little something more. This season Dr. Thornton presents for Concerts One and Two, and Dr. Rogers presents for Concerts Four and Five.  Talks begin at 2:50pm for each concert. There will be no preconcert talk for the Christmas program. 

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Concerts One & Two

Dr. Mary Thornton, trumpet, is a member of the faculty of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. She has taught at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX, and St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. She holds degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dr. Thornton holds positions with the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Mid-Texas Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony.  She has appeared on two CD’s released by the Madison Symphony Orchestra on the Ion Recordings label, “Live from the Oscar Mayer Theatre: Highlights from a Decade of DeMain,” and “A Madison Christmas.”

Dr. Thornton has performed for numerous local productions of Broadway shows including Showboat, Fiddler on the Roof, Man from La Mancha, and The Sound of Music.  She has worked with various artists such as Garrison Keillor, Pink Martini, the Four Tops, Moody Blues, Riders in the Sky, and the Temptations.

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Concerts Four & Five

Dr. Mark Rogers, bassoon, holds degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of Texas. As former Director of Publications for Southern Music Company, he is the author of editions of the music of Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa that have entered band repertory worldwide.

He is also widely published as an arranger and transcriber, with performances by all five of the Washington, DC service bands. Dr. Rogers is on the adjunct faculty of San Antonio College, Texas Lutheran University and Trinity University.

He has guest conducted numerous community and professional bands, regional honor bands and orchestras, and is an active clinician for area high school and middle school bands and orchestras. A bassoonist, he performs with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Laredo Philharmonic, the Mid- Texas Symphony, the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. Mark Rogers is the conductor of The Heart of Texas Concert Band.