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About Thornton

Mary Ann Bonino

MaryAnn Bonino has brought classical music to life for audiences of all ages. As Founding Artistic Director of the Da Camera Society, she developed the creative format for Chamber Music in Historic Sites, which presents internationally-celebrated artists in venues of architectural and historical significance. Giving classical music “the sense of discovery and fun it so richly deserves,” she presented over 800 themed concerts all over Southern California in buildings designed by architects from Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry: mansions and ballrooms, museums and libraries, churches, temples, train stations, restaurants, merry-go-rounds, planetariums.

She also produced the E. Nakamichi Baroque Music Festivals at UCLA and Chamber Music Series for the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. A popular speaker on music and the arts, she gave the first Upbeat Live! talk for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and for several years produced and hosted programs for KUSC.

Currently Professor-at-large Emeritus at Mount St. Mary’s College, where she also served as Curator of the historic Doheny Mansion, Bonino is the author of The Doheny Mansion: A Biography of a Home, Severo Bonini’s “Discorsi e Regole,” and the forthcoming Tres Hermanas. In addition to Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson fellowships, she has received awards from the Los Angeles Conservancy, the California Preservation Foundation, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the USC Thornton School of Music.