MaryAnn Bonino has brought classical music to life for audiences of all ages as a producer of innovative concert experiences, teacher, program host and public speaker. Currently Professor-at-large Emeritus at Mount St. Mary’s College, she is also Curator of the historic Doheny Mansion.
As Founding Artistic Director of the Da Camera Society (1973 to 2007), Bonino developed the creative format for Chamber Music in Historic Sites, which presents internationally-celebrated artists in venues of architectural and historical significance. Praised for giving classical music “the sense of discovery and fun it so richly deserves,” she presented over 800 concerts all over Southern California in buildings designed by architects from Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry: mansions, ballrooms, museums, missions, churches and temples — even train stations, merry-go-rounds, planetariums and car dealerships.
She also produced the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival Chamber Music series and UCLA’s E. Nakamichi Baroque Music Festivals. For KUSC she produced and hosted several series of weekly programs (1979-89, 2009), and for KCOP co-hosted Hollywood Bowl concerts.
A popular speaker on music and the arts, she gave the first Upbeat Live! talk for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1989) and has lectured in venues from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Disney Hall to the Aspen Institute and the Scuola di San Giovanni Battista in Venice.
The author of The Doheny Mansion: A Biography of a Home, her awards include Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson fellowships, a Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy, the President’s Award from the California Preservation Foundation, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.