Live at the Branch | Mini Concert Series

These hour long musical performances focus on creating an intimate setting for musicians and the audience to engage in dialogue. The series is more than a just musical performance but also an interactive experience between the artists and audience; a hybrid lecture series and performance series.

The Main Gallery of the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, where the series is held, was specifically designed with the phonic qualities of live music in mind when it was originally built by famed architect, John Russell Pope for the Branch family in 1919 where they would host many social gatherings. 

During the performance, the audience enjoys hor d’oeuvres and wine at private tables where they are encouraged to join in the conversation with the artist.

Dominic Rotella – Horn

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 6:00pm

Dominic Rotella is currently Principal Horn of the Richmond Symphony and has recently assumed the same role with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Prior to moving to Virginia in 2018, he served as Principal Horn of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago(Chile) and has held positions with the Louisville Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed as guest principal horn with the Baltimore Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and has played with numerous premier ensembles, including the Chicago, Cincinnati, and Houston Symphony Orchestras. Dominic’s past summer engagements include the Sun Valley Music Festival, Charlottesville Opera, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and since 2013, an annual appearance at the Lakes Area Music Festival in 

Brainerd, Minnesota. 

Initially a trumpet player, Dominic first played the horn at age 14 under the guidance of John P. Little. He later studied with professor D. Bruce Heim at the University of Louisville, where he graduated summa cum laude with a  Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance. More recently, he returned to school and completed three semesters of graduate coursework at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the tutelage of William Ver Meulen. 

Dominic was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, grew up in the small town of Holderness, New Hampshire, then spent twelve years in Louisville, Kentucky. He has now lived in seven states and two countries and finds it increasingly difficult to answer the question, “Where are you from?”