Posting Date: September 14, 2009
Trumpet recital features Thomas Hooten and guest artist Rebecca Wilt
By Scott Singleton
The Kennesaw State University School of Music will present a free recital featuring Kennesaw State University member Thomas Hooten on trumpet Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The recital will be the first solo trumpet recital in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center and will feature compositions by both classical and contemporary composers. Hooten will be accompanied by internationally recognized collaborative pianist Rebecca Wilt.
The recital will begin with a performance of “Trumpet Sonata” by American composer Halsey Stevens, followed by “Schon Rosmarin” by Austrian composer Fritz Kreisler. The first half of the performance will also feature compositions by French composer Maurice Ravel and Carl Hohne. During the second half, Hooten will perform “Concerto in C Major” by Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini, “Mont-Saint-Michel” by Geoffrey Robbins and “Quatre Variations sur un Theme de Domenico Scarlatti” by Marcel Bitsch. The wide variety of compositions offers “an idea of college-level recital pieces that students should be aspiring to,” according to Hooten.
“The premise of this recital is for the students,” Hooten says. “I believe the students need to hear professors playing. They need to hear live trumpet music, not just on a recording.” To offer a diverse experience, Hooten will incorporate additional instruments into his performances. Along with the traditional B flat trumpet, he will also perform with a flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet and cornet.
Thomas Hooten, assistant professor of trumpet, joined the at KSU in 2006, the same year he was appointed principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he currently holds the endowed Madeline and Howell Adams Chair. Hooten earned degrees in trumpet performance from the University of South Florida and Rice University. Before coming to KSU, Hooten was a featured soloist with “The President’s Own” Marine Band for four years. After playing in the Marine Band, he was appointed assistant principal trumpet with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for two years. Recently, Hooten was a featured soloist at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Harrisburg, Pa. and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the nation’s only full-time professional chamber orchestra, in St. Paul, Minn.
Wilt has worked with many prominent wind instrument performers and has performed in many of the world’s greatest venues in North America, Europe and Asia. Wilt has served as the Head of Accompanying at the Interlochen Arts Academy, director of collaborative piano and vocal coaching at Central Michigan University and director of collaborative piano at Messiah College. She has performed as the premiere pianist for many wind-instrument conferences and competitions, including the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the National Trumpet Competition, the International Trombone Association and many others.