Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 at 8 p.m.
Squires Recital Salon


The program will include:
"En Foret" by Eugene Bozza
"Da unten im Tale" by Benjamin Britten
"Auf dem Strom" by Franz Schubert
"At the round earth's imagined corners" by Benjamin Britten
"Lord! I have sinn'd" by Pelham Humphrey; realised Britten
"CanticleIII: Still Falls the Rain" by Benjamin Britten
"Reverie" by Alexander Glazunov
Romance, Opus 36 by Camille Saine-Saëns
"My Cathedral" by Eric Choate
"Bourne to Shelley" by Shinji Eshima

Known for his “delicious quality of tone,” Juilliard graduate Kevin Rivard is currently Principal Horn of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and Co-Principal Horn of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Winner of numerous solo competitions, he was awarded the grand prize at the 2008 Concours International d’Interprétation Musicale in Paris, the 2007 International Horn Competition of America, and the 2003 Farkas horn competition.

Rivard served as guest principal horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and he was a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony. Previous positions also include the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Orchestra. Kevin Rivard has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Verbier Festival. As horn professor with California State University East Bay, Rivard loves teaching and inspiring young students. Every year, he volunteers at local schools performing for youth, hoping to give as many children as possible the opportunity to enjoy live music.

Jay Crone joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1994. He has performed with many symphony orchestras and bands throughout the United States, including the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is currently the Principal Trombone of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. He also performs with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Hailed as “a strikingly gifted tenor, with a deeply moving, unblemished voice” (, tenor Brian Thorsett excels in opera, oratorio and recital across the world. Since taking to the stage, he has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operatic roles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau and ahead again to works composed specifically for his talents. As a concert singer, he fosters a stylistically diversified repertoire of over 250 works, which has taken him to concert halls across the US and Europe. 

An avid recitalist, Thorsett is closely associated with expanding the vocal-chamber genre, and has been involved in premieres and commissions of Ian Venables, Stacy Garrop, David Conte, Scott Gendel, Michael Scherperel, Peter Josheff, Shinji Eshima, Gordon Getty, Michel Bosc, Eric Choate and Noah Luna among many others. Recent  projects include the premiere of Ian Venables The Last Invocation and Christopher Stark’s Scream.