hoosiER cOMPOSERS: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF iNDIANA
NOVEMBER 10, 2019 | 3:00 PM
THE PALLADIUM AT THE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Concertino for Bassoon Fučiík
Mark Ortwein, bassoon
The Crimson Pennant Downey
Sounds of Hoagy Carmichael Barker
Murat Temple Band Jewell
Cole Porter Songs Bennett
Ecstatic Cling Felice
Mark Ortwein, bassoon
Greater Indiana Davis
Jedermann Overture Whear
The Viking King
Back Home Again in Indiana Hanley
Mark Ortwein is the Assistant Principal Bassoonist and Contra Bassoonist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada and studied bassoon with Jon Beebe and Yoshi Ishikawa in high school. Mark attended Loyola University in New Orleans for two years majoring in bassoon and jazz saxophone. After transferring to Boston University, Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While in Boston, he won the Alan Mark Roberts Performance Competition, and was the top woodwind finalist for the Boston Pops Concerto Competition on bassoon. Mark joined the United States Air Force Band at March Air Force Base in California as saxophone soloist (and woodwind doubler), and 4 years later moved to the Air Force Academy where he was the principal bassoonist with the United States Air Force Academy Band for 4 years.
He moved to Cincinnati to study bassoon with William Winstead at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and completed his Master's Degree. Over the last 20 years, Mark has performed in many different musical projects including professional recordings, musical theater, chamber ensembles, jazz and R&B groups, as well as many orchestral performances. He has performed all over the world in many different venues, ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry and MTV. A versatile performer, Mark plays all the saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and bassoons. He was a member of the saxophone section with the Cincinnati Pops, and has performed in concert with such artists as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, Manhattan Transfer, Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Daniels, and Arturo Sandoval as well as most of the Classical music greats in orchestral settings.
Mark has been a member of the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet. Mark has studied bassoon with William Winstead at CCM, Matt Ruggiero at Boston University, Crawford Best at Loyola University. Mark also studied saxophone with Paul McGinley, Garvin Bushell, Craig Yancey, Jeff Barash, Steve Tavaglione and has studied woodwind doubling with John Reilly. In June 2003, Mark was the featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of John Williams, playing the second live performance of Williams "Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra." Mark is an active studio musician and records regularly for the Hal Leonard, Alfred and Carl Fischer Publishing Companies as well as many other projects. He teaches Bassoon at the University of Indianapolis and is a founding member of the Icarus Ensemble, the HetWein Futet and the Ortwein JazzTet.
Mark’s wife Carrie is a Nurse Practitioner with IU Health Physicians and they are the owners of “Grove Haus” - an old historic church in Fountain Square that they have turned it into an event/ performance venue. Grove Haus can be found on Facebook and at: grovehaus.com. Mr. Ortwein has two children, Nicholas (Olas) and Catherine, and two step children, Myles and Channing.
Mark is a Yamaha Performing Artist on Saxophone and Bassoon and also a D'Addario Woodwind Artist.