Tuesday’s weekly concert at Academy Village will feature three graduate bassoon students from the University of Arizona Bassoon Studio who call their entertaining ensemble the Trio Sonora.
The concert, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building, will feature an eclectic mix of classical standards and “pop” tunes. The ASA’s weekly concerts are open to the public free of charge.
The Trio Sonora bassoonists are Robert Bedont, Martin Van Klompenberg and Travis Jones, all enrolled in graduate study under Prof. William Dietz, coordinator of woodwind activities at UA.
A native of Utah, Bedont began playing the bassoon at age 12 and has pursued music with a passion throughout his high school and college years. He received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in bassoon performance from UA, where he is a candidate for the doctorate of music arts.
Bedont was principal bassoonist for the University of Utah Philharmonia and Wind Ensemble, where he was winner of the 2000 concerto competition. He has performed professionally with a number of groups including the Utah Festival Opera Company, the Utah Philharmonia, the Salt Lake Symphony and the Southern Arizona Symphony.
Van Klompenberg earned his B.A. degree in music at Western Michigan University and his master of music degree at Arizona State University. A doctoral candidate at UA, Van Klompenberg maintains an active teaching studio in the metro Phoenix area.
Prior to moving to Arizona, Van Klompenberg was an active performer in the Great Lakes region, playing with orchestras such as the West Michigan Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Holland Symphony Orchestra and the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.
Jones, who is pursing a master’s degree in bassoon performance at UA, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee where he was winner of the UT’s Concerto Competition in 2011. While there he performed as a member of the UT Symphony and Opera Orchestras and various chamber music ensembles. He also studied at the Quartz Mountain Music Festival.
Academy Village is an active adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Due to the popularity of Arizona Senior Academy events, non-members are encouraged to make advance reservations.
Submitted by Donald J. Behnke, Academy Village Volunteer