Thornton Center Stage

The USC Thornton School of Music is the only college music school with a regularly broadcast radio program heard in a major media market. Thornton Center Stage is hosted by Alan Chapman and heard on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on Classical KUSC at 91.5 in Los Angeles, 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs, 91.1 KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 KDB in Santa Barbara, and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo.

Recent Episode: OCT. 9, 2016: “Dancing with Igor and Maurice” (#357)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Carl St.Clair

Bolcom: Circus Overture
Stravinsky: Petroushka
Ravel: Bolero


OCT. 2, 2016: “Fate & Freedom” (#356)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Carl St.Clair

Verdi: La Forza del Destino Overture
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4


MAY. 15, 2016: "Celebrating The Piatigorsky Festival” (#355)

This week on Thornton Center Stage, we honor one of the Thornton School’s greatest teachers, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, namesake of the international cello festival now taking place under the leadership of USC. Along with the music, we’ll hear the words of Piatigorsky and his students.

Music includes:
Haydn/Piatigorsky/Dahl: Divertimento
      Nathaniel Rosen, cello
Dvorak: Rondo, Op. 94
      Lynn Harrell, cello
Chopin: Nocturne in Eb, Op. 9, No. 2
      Lynn Harrell, cello
Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor, (Mvt. 2)
      Jascha Heifetz & Israel Baker, violins
      William Primrose, viola
      Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
      Leonard Pennario, piano
Beglarian: Elegy for Cellist
      Nathaniel Rosen, cello


MAY. 1, 2016: “Dancing with the Russians” (#354)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Guest Conductor Christoph Campestrini

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite


MAR. 13, 2016: “Pyotr!” (#353)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and USC Thornton Symphony
Directed by Martin Chalifour and Conducted by Carl St.Clair

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48
Tchaikovsky: Selections from Swan Lake, Op. 20


DEC. 6, 2015: “Eroica!” (#352)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Carl St.Clair

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat (“Eroica”)


NOV. 22, 2015: “Cantare!” (#351)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra with,
      Yang-He Kim
      Marilyn Horne
      Donald McInnes
      Martin Katz
      Peter Pears
      Benjamin Britten
Conducted by William Dehning and Michael Powers

Mozart: Exsultate Jubliate
Osvaldo Gilijov: I. Night of the Flying Horses
      II. Lúa Descolorida
      III. How Slow the Wind
Brahms: Gestille Sehnsucht
Brahms: Gestiliches Wiegenland
Schubert: Im Frühliung


NOV. 8, 2015:“Musica Antiqua Polonica” (#350)

The 2015 Paderewski Lecture-Recital featuring the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
Directed by Adam Knight Gilbert

Celebrating 30 years of the USC Polish Music Center with works by Mikolaj Zielenski, Jakub Polak , Waclaw of Szamotuly, Wojciech Dlugoraj, and many more.


SEPT. 11, 2015: “Rousing Russian Repertoire” (#349)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Carl St.Clair

Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition


AUG. 21, 2015: "Talmi Comes to Thornton" (#347)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Guest Conductor Yoav Talmi

Berlioz: Corsair Overture
Holst: The Planets


FEB 1, 2015: “The Golden Bridge” (#346)

Performance by The Golden Bridge Consort, directed by Suzi Digby OBE, including works from composers like William Byrd, Frederick Lesemann, Robert Parsons, Nick Strimple, and Thomas Tallis

Set I:
William Byrd: Infelix ego
Frederick Lesemann: 1st Motet
Robert Parsons: Ave Maria
Nick Strimple: Verbum caro factum est
Set II:
Thomas Tallis: If ye love me
Stephen Hartke: Audistis quia dictum est
Thomas Weelkes: Alleluia.  I heard a voice
Frank Ticheli: There will be rest
Set III:
John Dowland: Come again
Matthew Brown: A red, red rose
Orlando Gibbons: The silver swan
Morten Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium


NOV. 13, 2014: “St.Clair Conducts Shostakovich” (#344)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Carl St.Clair

Shostakovich: Interlude IV from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E Minor


OCT. 26, 2014: “Orpheoso!” (#343)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Guillermo Figueroa, Coached by Guilllermo Figueroa and David Singer, with Concertmasters Joanna Lee and Clara Kim.

Rossini: Overture to La gazza ladra
Motzart: Symphony No.35 in D, "Haffner"
Stravinsky: Suite from Pulcinella


OCT. 5, 2014: “St.Clair Conducts Ravel (but not Haydn)” (#342)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Carl St.Clair with Concertmaster YuEun Kim

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Haydn: Symphony No.88 in G


APR. 27, 2014: “Berlioz @ Bovard” (#340)

Performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble and USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by John Nelson and Resident Conductor Sharon Lavery

David Werfelmann: Arclight Alley
Hector Berlioz: Symphony fantastique


APR. 20, 2014: “Beethoven 1 & Shostakovich 9” (#339)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Principal Conductor Carl St.Clair and Resident Conductor Sharon Lavery

Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat, Op. 70


APR. 13, 2014: “Maurice & Sergei” (#338)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, with Alison Balbag
Conducted by Sey Ahn and Principal Conductor and Artistic Leader Carl St.Clair

Ravel: Introduction & Allegro
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat, Op. 100


MAR. 30, 2014: “One Thousand and One Notes” (#337)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Larry Livingston and Guest Conductor Uriel Segal

Couperin/Millhaud: La Sultane: Overture and Allegro
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade


OCT. 6, 2013: “St.Clair Conducts Strauss” (#336)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Carl St.Clair

Richard Strauss: “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben


MAR. 10, 2013: “The Three Ss” (#335)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Principal Conductor Carl St.Clair, with Guest Conductors Rosen Milanov Gerard Schwarz

Schubert: Five German Dances
Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat "Dumbarton Oaks"
Strauss/Schwarz: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier


JAN. 20, 2013: “Joseph and Ludwig” (#334)

Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E flat 29:00
Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Haydn: Symphony No. 49 in F Minor, "La Passione"


DEC. 6, 2012: “Symphonies for Band & Orchestra” (#333)

Performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble and USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Principal Conductor H. Robert Reynolds and Guest Conductor Gerard Schwarz

Frank Ticheli: Symphony No.2 for Symphonic Band
      I. Shooting Stars
      II. Dreams under a New Moon
      III. Apollo Unleashed

Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F Major


NOV. 11, 2012: “A Duo of Trios” (#331)

Performance for the Chamber Music Marathon

Chih Xia Lu, clarinet
Bing Xa Lu, cello
Han Bin Yoon, cello
Kate Lin, piano
Peter Walsh, piano
Coached by Antoinette Berry and Henry Gronnier

Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A, Op. 114
Brahms: Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op. 8


OCT. 14, 2012: “Poems of Tone II” (#330)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and USC Thornton Symphony
Featuring Guest Conductors Erica Muhl and Lionel Friend, Conductors Sharon Lavery and Josh Roach, and Principal Conductor Carl St.Clair

Erica Muhl: The Sea and All Its Fullness
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
Judith Weir: Isti Mirant Stella
Joshua Roach: Overture Dodeca
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol


OCT. 7, 2012: “Student Soloist Spotlight XVII” (#329)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony, with

Christopher Goodpasture, piano
Han Bin Yoon, cello

Conducted by Guest Conductor James Conlon

Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104


FEB. 12, 2012: “Russian Revelations” (#327)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Principal Conductor Carl St.Clair and Resident Conductor Sharon Lavery

Shostakovich: "Galop" from Moscow-Cheryomushki
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite


JAN. 29, 2012: “Frölischer Geburtstag Franz” (#326)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, with

ChoEun Lee, piano
Diana Newman, soprano

Conducted by Joshua Roach and Guest Conductor Joseph Silverstein

Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B flat
Schubert: Du bist die Ruh, Op. 59 No.3
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, “Unfinished”


JAN. 15, 2012: “Student Soloist Spotlight XVI” (#325)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, and USC Thornton Symphony, with

Melissa Koprowski, clarinet
Alison Balbag, harp
Kathryn Norring, piano
Hunter Noack, piano
Lindsey Garrett, reader

Conducted by Sey Ahn and Principal Conductor, H. Robert Reynolds, with Music Director Larry Livingston

Franz Liszt: Trois Etudes de concert No.3, “Un Sospiro”
Gerswin/Wild: Embraceable You
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
Paul Richards: Snake in the Garden
George Sterling: A Dream of Fear
Franz Liszt: Totentanz


DEC. 25, 2011: “A Holiday Celebration” (#324)

Performance by the USC Thornton Scholarship Brass Quintet, Thornton Concert Choir, Thornton Apollo Chorus, Thornton Choral Artists & Audience Sing-Along, Thornton Oriana Choir, and Thornton Chamber Singers

Trad: We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Randol Alan Bass: Christmas Flourish
John Rutter: What Sweeter Music
Arr. Neil Ginsberg: Hine Ma Tov
Mark Sirett: Dan les Chantiers
Franz Biebl: Ava Maria
Anon (Llibre Vermell): Cuncti Simus
Trad: Jingle Bells
Benjamin Britten: This Little Babe
Arr. Kirke Mechem: Patapan/ Fum Fum Fum/ God Bless the Master of This House
Arr. Malcolm Daglish: Star in the East
Kurt Knecht: Go Tell It On The Mountains
Eric William Barnum: Sweeter Still: A Holiday Carol
Adolphe Adam: O Holy Night


DEC. 11, 2011: “Quartet Duet!” (#323)

Performance by The Balboa Quartet

Rayoung Ahn, violin
Melody Chang, violin
Jordan Karansky, violin
Kyle Gilner, violin
Alejandro Duque, viola
Cindy Wu, viola
Robert Lee, cello
Frederick Rosselet, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Debussy: Quartet, Op.10
Beethoven: Quartet, Op. 74 “Harp”


NOV. 20, 2011: “Brahms & Brahms” (#322)

Performance by:

Aurelien Eulert, piano
Christopher Goodpasture, piano
Sara Staples, mezzo-soprano
Kayla Moffett, violin
Alejandro Duque, viola
Patricia Ryan, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Brahms: Two Songs, Op. 91
Brahms: Piano Quartet in A, Op. 26


NOV. 6, 2011: “Beethoven, Martinu, & Rachmaninoff at the Marathons” (#321)

Performance by:

Brad Whitfield, clarinet
Hunter Noack, piano
Adi ben-Michael, piano
Miwa Sugiyami, piano
Alice Yoo, piano
Brooke Parker, violin
Janet Lang, violin
Han Bin Yoon, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Beethoven: Trio in B flat, Op. 11
Bohuslav Martinu: Sonata for 2 Violins & Piano
Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2, Op. 17


OCT. 2, 2011: “Handel, Haydn and Mozart” (#319)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Guest Conductors Lucinda Carver and Joseph Silverstein

Handel: Concerto Grosso in A, Op. 6 No. 11
Haydn: Symphony No.49 in F Minor “La Passione”
Mozart: Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319


MAY 29, 2011: “A Soviet Artist’s Reply” (#318)

Featuring Pianist Hedy Lee and conducted by Guest Conductor James Conlon

Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in D Major
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor


MAY 22, 2011: “Der gerettete Alberich” (#317)

Performance by the USC Thornton Wind Orchestra and Thornton Symphony, with Sidney, Hopson, percussion
Conducted by William A. Schaefer and Guest Conductor James Conlon

Wagner/Schaefer: Siegfried’s Rhein Journey
Christopher Rouse: Der gerettete Alberich


APR. 10, 2011: “A Mozart Sandwich” (#315)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, with Daniel Nester, bassoon
Conducted by Principal conductor Carl St.Clair and Guest Conductors Yehuda Gilad and Lucinda Carver

Mozart: Symphony No. 32 in G, K. 318
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat, K. 191
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504 "Prague”


MAR. 27, 2011: “Running Another Marathon” (#314)

Performance by:

Bethany Summersgill, flute
Clarissa Shan, flute
Yuli Kwon, oboe
Choongheon Lee, clarinet
Kike Kato, bassoon
Anthony Delvanis, horn
Clarissa Shan, soporano
Grace Chung, piano
Rayoung Ahn, violin
Melody Chang, violin
Alejandro Duque, viola
Peter Marsh, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Gyorgy Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Adolphe-Charles Adam: Bravura Variations
Beethoven: Quartet, Op. 59 No.2 in e


MAR. 6, 2011: “Mozart! Mozart! & Mozart!” (#312)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Principal Conductor Carl St.Clair and Guest Conductors Sey Ahn and Jorge Mester

Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Mozart: Serenade No. 6, "Serenata Notturna", K. 239
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K. 551 "Jupiter"


FEB. 13, 2011: “Ludwig & Antonin @ the Marathons” (#311)

Performance by:

Nichole Starr, clarinet
Daniel Nestor, bassoon
Adi Ben-Michael, piano
Pauline Young, piano
Kelley Bunch, violin
Jordan Koransky, violin
Adrian Wong, viola
Michael Kaufman, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Beethoven: Trio, Op.11 in B flat
Dvorak: Quintet, Op. 81 in A


JAN. 23, 2011: “Marathons Forever!” (#310)

Performance by:

Michael Matsuno, flute
Courtney Nippa, flute
Samantha Ancona, oboe
Yuli Kwon, oboe
Dustin Hsu, clarinet
Brad Grassi, clarinet
Remy Taghavi, bassoon
Paul Curtis, bassoon
Caitlin Craig, horn
Steven Newbold, horn
Midori Goto, violin
Mario Anton Andreu, viola
Coached by Judith Farmer and David Howard

Karl Pilss: Serenade
Mozart: Duo, K.24 in B flat
Poulenc: Sextet


JAN. 16, 2011: “Student Soloist Spotlight XV” (#309)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony, with

Sarah Gibson, piano,
Sidnet Hopson, marimba,
Michelle Tseng, violin

Conducted by Donald Crockett and Resident Conductor Sharon Lavery

Sarah Gibson: and its spring when the world is puddle-wonderful: Concerto for Left-Hand Piano and Orchestra
Bach: Fugue from Sonata No.1, BWV 1001
Brahms: Violin Concerto


DEC. 18, 2010: “Lavery Conducts Rite!” (#308)

Performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, and USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Resident Conductor Sharon Lavery

Karl Husa: Smetana Fanfare
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Stravinsky: Sacre du Printemps


DEC. 12, 2010: “A Tyler Memorial” (#307)

A concert that included pieces by Antonio Vivaldi, Claudio Monteverdi, and Andrea Falconieri, which was performed by an ensemble of musicians including

James Tyler, lute
Dirk Freymuth, lute
Paul Elliott, tenor
Claire Fedoruk, soprano
Kathia Ibacache, soprano


NOV. 28, 2010 : “Make Mine Marathons!” (#306)

Performance by:

Stephanie German, oboe
Rami Sarieddine, piano
Hsaio-Hsien Shen, piano
Aurelien Eurlert, piano
Christopher Goodpasture, piano
Tammy Wang, violin
John Stultz, viola
Sophia Acheson, viola
Patricia Ryan, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Ravel: La Valse
Charles Loeffler: Rhapsody no.2
Brahms: Quartet, Op. 60 in C Minor


NOV. 21, 2010: “Lark & Clock” (#305)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, USC Thornton Symphony, Choir of St. Alban’s Church, the Armstrong Quartet, and Nathaniel Rosen, cello
Conducted by James Vail, Resident Conductor Sharon Lavery and Music Director Daniel Lewis

Haydn: Te Deum
Haydn: Quartet, Op. 64 No. 5 in D “Lark”
Haydn: Symphony No.101 in D “The Clock”
Haydn/Piatigorsky/Dahl: Divertimento in D (rondo-Finale)


NOV. 14, 2010: “Copland & Rachmanioff” (#304)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, and The Hancock Ensemble, with

Pauline Yang, piano
Alan Hancock, cello

Conducted by Larry Livingston, William Strowbridge, and Resident Conductor Sharon Lavery

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.1
Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in D


OCT. 24, 2010: “Chopin & Beethoven @ the Marathons” (#303)

Performance by:

Shoushik Barsoumian, soprano
John Chen, piano
Lauren Buck Fraley, piano
Seyeon Ahn, piano
Luanne Homzy, violin
Armen Derkevorkian, violin
Peter Meyers, cello
Lauren Posey, cello
Stella Cho, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Chopin: Trio in G Minor
Beethoven: Three Scottish Songs
Beethoven: Trio, Op. 11 in B flat


OCT. 10, 2010: “Student Soloist Spotlight XIV” (#302)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony, with

Keenan Ressor, piano
Zeewong Munn, tuba

Conducted by Larry Livingston and Guest Conductor Lucinda Carver

Jan Koetsier: Concertino for Tuba and Strings Op. 77
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3


OCT. 3, 2010: “Schumann and Mendelssohn” (#301)

Performance by:

Laurie Kono, piano
Pauline Yang, piano
Shelley Shi, violin
Cindy woo, violin
Melissa Huang, viola
Joon-Soon Jung, cello
Alice Yoo, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Schumann: Quintet in E flat, Op. 47
Mendelssohn: Trio in D Minor, Op. 49


MAY 30, 2010: “Tour de Forces” (#300)

A four-part concerto with the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble, Thornton Wind Ensemble, Thornton Symphony, Thornton Cellists, the Hancock Ensemble, and soloists performing pieces by composers such as Henry Purcell, Morton Gould, and Johannes Brahms.


MAY 23, 2010: “We Sing Thornton” (#299)

A four-part concerto with the USC Thornton Oriana Choir, USC Thornton Apollo Chorus, and the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, performing pieces by composers such as Katie Lynn, Jordan Nelson, Halsey Stevens and Morten Lauridsen, with

Lorna Elder, piano
Yu Gyumg Kim, piano
Morten Lauridsen, piano
Diana Newman, soprano

Conducted by Kory Reid, Lesley Leighton, Brandon Brack, Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Paul Salamunovich


MAY 16, 2010: “Sunrise Rider” (#298)

Performance by:

Jessica Ryou, violin
Audrey Kwong, violin
Disen Hao, violin
Naomi Florin, violin
James McFadden Talbot, violin
Madison Pachkowski, violin
Brooke Parker, viola
Stephan Smith, viola
Cristina Ceja, viola
John Kraeger, cello
Lauren Posey, cello
Emily Candaux, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 6 in E flat
Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G Minor “Rider”
Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat “Sunrise”


APR. 25, 2010: “Mellow Cello III” (#297)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony, with

Jason Yoshida, theorbo
Ruslan Birukov, cello
Joon Sung, cello
Marek Szpakewicz, cello
Fang Fang Xu, cello
Sifei Wen, cello
Alexander Sulieman, cello
Alice Yoo, cello
Lynn Harrell, cello

Conducted by Principal Conductor Sergiu Comissiona and Guest Conductor Lucinda Carver

J.G Alberechtsburger: Doppelfugue for Four Celli
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33
Joseph Boismortier: Sonata in A for Cello and Basso Continuo
Bach: Cello Suite in E flat, BWV 1010
Dvorak: Waldesruhe, Op. 68 No. 5


APR. 18, 2010: “Chopin @ 200” (#296)

An assortment of pieces written by Chopin performed by

Norman Krieger, piano
Aurelien Eulert, piano
Marek Zebrowski, piano
Hsiao-Hsien Shen, piano
Angela Cholakyan, piano
Sara Staples, soprano
Xian Zhou, cello


APR. 11, 2010: “La Mer” (#295)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony, USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, and Helios Guitar Quartet
Conducted by Guest Conductors Lionel Friend & Mei-Ann Chen, with Music Director Adam Gilbert

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave"
Telemann: Wassermusik "Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth"
Bach: Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C
Debussy: La Mer


MAR. 28, 2010: “Mellow Cello II” (#294)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, with

Robert Lee, cello
Sunny Yang, cello
Alexander Sulieman, cello
Peter Stumpf, cello
Jiayi Shi, piano
Jason Yoshida, theorbo
The General Kyd cello

Conducted by Guest Conductor Lucinda Carver

Rachmaninoff: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19
Bach: Cello Suite in C Minor, BWV 1011
Vivaldi: Sonata in E, RV 40 for Cello and Continuo
Luigi Boccherini: Cello Concerto No. 4 in C, G. 477


MAR. 21, 2010: “XXXVIII & XL” (#293)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Guest Conductors Lucinda Carver and Jan Stanienda

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major “Prague” K. 504
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550


MAR. 7, 2010: “Happy Centenary Sam!”

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony, Thornton Concert Choir and Thornton Chamber Orchestra, with

Daniel Pollack, piano
Jessica Cheng, violin
Alice Yoo, cello

Conducted by Oliver Ochanine and Lynn Bielefelt, with Guest Conductor Jorge Mester

Samuel Barber: To My Steinway (to Number 220601)
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto
Samuel Barber: Sure on this Shining Night
Samuel Barber: Cello Concerto


FEB. 14, 2010: “Woodwind Wrap” (#290)

Performance by the USC Thornton Wind Quartet, with

Laurie Chambers, flute
Dustin Barrera, soprano saxophone
Samantha Ancona, oboe
Eric Jacobs, clarinet

Claude Debussy: Petite Suite
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Quintette en forme de Choros
Haydn/Rotter: Trio 101
August Klughart: Quintet in C, Op. 79
Paquito D’Rivera: Contradanza (Aires Tropicales)


JAN. 31, 2010: “Student Soloist Spotlight XIII” (#289)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony, USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, and USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, with

Philip Kim, flute
Angela Cholakyan, piano
Jeanette-Louise Yaryan, piano
Abby Winnick, soprano
Ethan Lim, soprano

Conducted by Guest Conductors Lucinda Carver and Larry Livingston and Director Adam Gilbert

Carl Nielsen: Flute Concerto
Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques
Claudio Monteverdi: "Zefiro torna" from Scherzi musicali
Franz Liszt: Totentanz


FEB. 24, 2010: “H.R.R Conducts Winds, Brass & Strings” (#288)

Performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble and USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by H. Robert Reynolds

Paul Dukas: Fanfare from La Péri
Tielman Susato: Selections from The Danserye
Richard Strauss: Divertiment (after Couperin) Op. 86


JAN. 17, 2010: “Ladder to the Moon” (#287)

Performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and USC Thornton Symphony, with

Diana Morgan, flute
Zhenzhen Liang, violin
Yang Xu, violin

Conducted by Resident Conductor Sharon Lavery, Music Director Larry Livingston, and Guest Conductor Lucinda Carver

Michael Daugherty: Ladder to the Moon
Camille Chaminade: Concertino, Op. 107
Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2


DEC. 20, 2009: “Aus Deutschland und Österreich” (#286)

Performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble and Thornton Trombone Ensemble, with

Try Ferrell, oboe
Sunyoung Moc, oboe
Andrew Lowry, clarinet
Michael Yoshimi, clarinet
Krista Wodelet, bassoon
Jon Ancona, bassoon
Anthony Delivanis, horn
JG Miller, horn
Kevin Fitz-Gerald, piano

Conducted by Terry Cravens and Principal Conductor H. Robert Reynolds

Wagner: Trauermusik
Hindemith: Konzertmusik, op. 49
Beethoven: Equale No. 3
Mozart: Serenade No. 11 in E flat, K. 375


DEC. 13, 2009: “Midday Musicale” (#285)

The USC Thornton Concert Choir, members of the USC Early Music Ensemble, and several soloist musicians perform songs from an assortment of composers including Gerald Finzi, F. Devienne, and Handel.


NOV. 29, 2009: “Marathons in the Madhouse with Mozart!” (#284)

Performance by:

Eun Soo Noh, piano
Howon Shin, piano
Sungmin Shin, guitar
Amy Yi, violin
Helen Kim, violin
Alejandro Duque, viola
Alice Yoo, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Mozart: Sonata in D, K. 448
David Leisner: Dances in the Madhouse
Mozart: Quartet in D, K. 575


NOV. 22, 2009: “Come Ye Sons of Art” (#283)

Performance by USC Thornton Early Music Ensemble, USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, and the Thornton Oboe Band, with

Phoebe Alexander, vocalist
Carol Lisek, vocalist
Andrew Palletier, vocalist
Bruca Bales, vocalist
Till Meyn, vocalist
Karina Kallas, vocalist
Jon Lee Keenan, vocalist
William Rowley, vocalist
Joel Nesvadba, vocalist
Brandon Hynum, vocalist
Joel Nesvadba, vocalist
John Thiessen and Melissa Rogers, baroque trumpet

Conducted by Director James Tyler and Music Director Adam Gilbert

Purcell: Excerpts from Timon of Athens
Purcell: Air-Rondeau-Preludio from The Fairy Queen
Purcell: Suite from Abdelazar or The Moor’s Revenge
Purcell: "O dive custos Auriacae domus" from Elegy upon death of Queen Mary
Purcell: Preludio, Air, Hornpipe, Minuet & Air from The Virtuous Wife
Purcell: Come ye sons of Art


NOV. 8, 2009: “Messiaen & Mozart” (#282)

Performance by:

Sergei Kusnetsov, piano
Colin Davin, guitar
Lilit Mardiyan, guitar
Simeon Simeonov, violin
Sergei Vassiliev, violin
Xian Zhou, cello
Coached by Peter Marsh

Mozart/ Giulinai: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
Oliver Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time


OCT. 18, 2009: “O Solo Piano VI” (#281)

Performance by

Taeyoon Lim, piano
Mikael Oganesyan, piano
Shisi He, piano
Mikael Oganesyan, piano

Haydn: Sonata, H. 32
Beethoven: Sonata, no. 21 in C “Waldstein”
Debussy: Images I
Stravinsky: "Kiss on Earth" from Rite of Spring, Part I


OCT. 11, 2009: “Yehuda Gilad Conducts” (#280)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, USC Thornton Symphony, and Gene Pokorny, tuba

Rossini: Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri
John Stephens: Monument: An Elegy in Memory of Tommy Johnson
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D


OCT. 4, 2009: “Thornton @ 125” (#279)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Carl St.Clair

Douglas Lowry: Fanfare for Flora
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique


MAY 31, 2009: “Breaking Muse!” (#278)

Performance by:

Esther Kang, violin
Armen Derkevorkian, violin
Susie Choi, harp
Lilit Mardiyan, guitar
Aurelien Eulert, piano
Naomi Sumitami, duo piano

Louis Spohr: Concertante, Op. 113
Mauro Giuliani: Grand Sonata in A
George Gershwin: An American in Paris


MAY 25, 2009: “Musica Nueva de España” (#277)

A benefit concert called “Spanish Music & Culture Fighting Against Cancer” that includes pieces composed by Oscar Navarro, Roger Julia, and Federico Mompou.


MAY 17, 2009: “Of Stars and Soul” (#276)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, with Guest Accompanist Morten Lauridsen and

John Russell, tenor
Vimbayi Kaziboni , percussion
Jacob Steuer, percussion

Conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe

Juan de Esquivel: Ego sum panis vivus
Wolfram Buchenberg: Ich bin das Brot des Lebens
Edgar Cosma: Les Amours des Poetes
Ildebrando Pizzetti: Due composizioni corali
Sydney Guillaume: Mama Afrika
Stephen Paulus: Hymn to the Eternal Flame
Petr Eben: De circuitu aeterno
Paulus: Pilgrim’s Hymn
Morten Lauridsen: Nocturnes


APR. 26, 2009: “Schubert & Schöenberg”(#275)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Guest Conductor Chrystoph Wyneken

Schubert: Symphony No.8 in B Minor “Unfinished”
Richard Dhemel: Verkläerte Nacht (poem)
Arnold Schönberg: Verkäerte Nacht


APR. 19, 2009: “From Mozart to Respighi” (#274)

Performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and Peter Lightfoot, baritone
Conducted by Carl St.Clair

Mozart: Symphony No. 32 in G, K. 318
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte: Finale from Act I
Schubert: Five German Dances
Schubert: Gehimes
Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances, Suite No. 1


APR. 12, 2009: “Carl & Igor” (#273)

Performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, USC Thornton Symphony, and Kevin Fitz-Gerald, piano
Conducted by Principal Conductor H. Robert Reynolds and Guest Conductor Donald Crockett

Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Winds
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 5


MAR. 29, 2009: “New Music for Orchestra 2009” (#272)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony
Conducted by Guest Conductor Donald Crockett

Alexander Tovar: Eudaimonia
Jordan Nelson: Tonewood
Alex Miller: Wanderings of the Mind While Attempting to Ruminate on a Painting of Salvador Dali
AJ McCaffrey: A Long Hard Look At A Good Swift Kick
Andrew V. Ly: And silent answers crept across the stars
David Stal: Illustrious Dreams


MAR. 22, 2009: “The First Four from the Fall” (#271)

Performance by:

Leonardo Perez, violin
Rafael Nuguid, violin
Esther Kang, violin
Armen Der Kevorkian, violin
Kelley Bunch, violin
Jacqueline Skara, viola
Sixto Franco, viola
Judy Kang, cello
Peter Meyers, cello
Susie Choi, harp
Susie Chung, piano
Yerin Choi, piano
Coached by Peter Marsh

Haydn: Quartet, Op. 76 no. 5 in D
Spohr: Concertante, Op. 113 (Mvt. 1)
Beethoven: Quartet, Op. 95 in f
Milhaud: Scaramouche


MAR. 15, 2009: “William & Wolfgang” (#270)

Performance by the USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, with

John Stultz, viola
Elizabeth Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin

Conducted by Guest Conductors Lucinda Carver and Yehuda Gilad

William Walton: Viola Concerto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A


DEC. 14, 2008: "Angels in the Architecture" (#265)

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Ticheli: Angels in the Architecture


JUN. 22, 2008: “Give Me Guitars!” (#257)


MAY 25, 2008: “Let’s Go To The Circus!” (#254)

Stravinsky/Raksin: Circus Polka
Ben Phelps: Overture Maximus
Prokofiev: March in B flat, Op. 99
John Corigliano: Circus Maximus


MAY 18, 2008: “Hector, Wolfgang & Lou” (#253)

Performance by USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Lou Harrison: Solstice
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E flat


APR. 17, 2008: “The Bassoon Show: Episode 4” (#249)

Anon., arr. Ralph Sauer: Trio Sonata # 4
Mozart: Sonata for Bassoon and Violoncello, K. 292 (Mvt. 1)
Ravel: Piece en forme de Habanera
Prokofiev: Scherzo Humoristique for Basssoon Quartet
Bach: "Little" Fugue in G Minor
Gernot Wolfgang; Dance of the Polar Bears
Paul Desmond: Take Five
Piazzolla, arr. Fraser Jackson: Tango Suite
Gottfried Heinrich Stoelzel: Concerto Grosso (Allegro)


MAR. 9, 2008: “A Pair of Prodigies” (#245)

Mozart: Quartet in in E flat, K. 493
Mendelssohn: Trio in C, Op. 66


FEB. 24, 2008: “52 at Last!” (#244)

Performance By the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and soloists
Conducted by Henry Lewis, Yehuda Gilad, Willam Dehning, and Ralf Weikert.

L’Italiana in Algiere Overture
Aria: Cruda sorte! (L’Italiana in Algiere)
I Gondolieri
Aria: Ecco Ridente (Il Barbiere di Seviglia)
Aria: All’idea di quell metallo (Il Barbiere di Seviglia)
Aria: Mura felice (La donna del lago)
La Gazza Ladra Overture
Aria: Di tante palpiti (Tancredi)


MAY 22, 2008: “Four Plus Three” (#242)

Mozart: String Quartet in F, K. 590
Brahms: Piano Trio, Op. 8


APR. 10, 2008: “Student Soloist Spotlight XI” (#237)

Ibert: Concertino for Cello & Wind Instruments
Bach: Concerto in D Minor (after Marcello)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor


SEP. 18, 2007: "Glorious Guitar" (#198)

Ponce: Concierto del Sur (Mvt. 1)
Brahms: Sextet No. 1, op. 18 (Mvt. 2)
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Capriccio Diabolico "Homage to Paganini"
Brian Head: Brookland Boogie (Sketch for Friends)
Pelligrini: Toccata Secunda and Chiaccona
Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D, R. 93
Albeniz: Leyenda 


JUL 3, 2007: "Stars and Stripes" (#169)

John Stafford Smith: The Star Spangled Banner
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Trad., arr. James Erb: Shenandoah
Piston: Pine Tree Fantasy
Schuman: Chester, Overture for Band
Ives: Decoration Day
Frank Ticheli: Postcard
Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever March


APR. 3, 2007: "April Fool!" (#13)

David Rose/Jones: Holiday for Strings
Tchaikovsky/Jones: Trepak (from Nutcracker Suite)
Tchaikovsky/Self: Symphony No. 4 (Mvt. 4)
Jim Self: Polka.Com and Dog Tag
Evan Chambers: Polka Nation
Michael Daugherty: Desi
Bizet: Intermezzo from Carmen / Saint-Saëns: The Swan
PDQ Bach: Grand Serenade

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