Having witnessed this talented pianist accompany the oldest community chorus in Arizona, Tucson Masterworks Chorus, I’m pleased to introduce his upcoming concert at the Oracle Center for the Arts on Dec. 7, at 3:00 p.m.—Winter Scenes, an original music and arrangement for piano by Russell Ronnebaum.
A Kansas native, Russell Ronnebaum moved to Arizona after earning a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Kansas. Under the guidance of Dr. Paula Fan, he earned his Master’s Degree in collaborative piano from the University of Arizona.
For the 2019-20 season, Russell was named the newly appointed music director and composer in residence of the Rogue Theatre in Tucson. He also serves as the assistant director of music at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Oro Valley.
Russell has served as the staff accompanist for the Tucson Masterworks Chorale since 2015. For the spring 2017 Masterworks Chorale series, Mr. Ronnebaum performed as soloist for Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto, Op. 19.
Past performance and compositional engagements include Artifact Dance Project, the Rogue Theatre, and the University of Arizona. Other performance engagements have been with acclaimed organizations such as the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and American Wind Symphony Orchestra. His music has been played on 90.5 FM Arizona Public Media, and 91.3 KXCI ‘Locals Only’ program.
Russell made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 performing the music of composer Dan Forrest. Recent composition commissions and premieres include music for voice, choir, piano, string orchestra, and live theatre. Recordings, videos, sheet music, and upcoming concert dates can be found at www.RRonnebaum.com.
Winter Scenes pieces include timeless pieces such as “O Holy Night,” “Carol of the Bells” (four hands with Dr. Stephen Cook), “Coventry Carol,” “The First Noel.” Original compositions include “Wintermezzo,” “Romance,” and “Final Suite.” This concert is by donation, so no advance tickets are necessary.
Please, welcome, Russell Ronnebaum to Oracle.