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Vicki Ray to perform contemporary piano work for Soudwaves

May 10, 2018

Pianist and USC Thornton alumna Vicki Ray (DMA ’88) will perform a notable minimalist work, River of 1,000 Streams by composer Daniel Lentz, for the Soundwaves New Music series at the Santa Monica Public Library on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018. Ray’s recording of the piece, for electronically-processed piano, was warmly received by critics last year. […]


Video of Somang Jeagal in recital at the Greystone Mansion

May 7, 2018

The Music in the Mansion concert series, which presents chamber music at the historical Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, recently published a video showcasing a February performance by pianist and 2018 Outstanding Graduate Somang Jeagal (AD ’15, GCRT ’17, MM ’18). The Keyboard Collaborative Arts student and three-time Beverly Hills National Auditions winner was joined […]


Pianist Edward Cibener performs with the San Francisco City Chorus

April 25, 2018

Pianist and USC Thornton alumnus Edward Cibener (BM ’83) recently performed as a guest artist with the San Francisco City Chorus for the ensemble’s April 21st performance of Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht, in an arrangement for piano, organ, and chorus. The concert was conducted by Larry Marietta.


Several volumes of songs by Alan L. Smith published

April 2, 2018

Several volumes of song arrangements by Alan L. Smith, USC Thornton Keyboard Studies chair and director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, were recently published by Classical Vocal Reprints. The collection features several volumes of folk song arrangements, some of which were written for renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, and also includes a song cycle for soprano, violin, […]


Faculty and student chamber performance of Franck Piano Quintet well received

March 27, 2018

David J. Brown of LA Opus recently reviewed a chamber music performance of César Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor M.7 by USC Thornton faculty members Glenn Dicterow (first violin), Bernadene Blaha (piano), and Karen Dreyfus (violin), with students Benjamin Lash (cello) and Mann-Wen Lo (violin). The performance was part of the Second Sundays series […]


Daniel Linder earns Graduate Student Government research award

March 21, 2018

Daniel Linder, a DMA candidate in USC Thornton’s Keyboard Studies program, was recently awarded 1st Prize in the Humanities division of the USC Graduate Student Government’s 10th annual Research Symposium awards. Linder’s research explored the musical language of 20th Century French composer Maurice Ohana, focusing on his Six Études d’Interprétation (1981-82). Under the guidance of […]


Pianist Vicki Ray records new work by Daniel Lentz

February 6, 2018

Pianist Vicki Ray’s (DMA ’88) recent recording of River of 1,000 Streams by composer Daniel Lentz was warmly reviewed by the website I Care If You Listen. Referring to the USC Thornton alumna as a “Los Angeles luminary,” reviewer Nick Stevens lauded her performance as a “colorful, nuanced, arresting statement,” demonstrating “first-rate artistry.” Lentz’s 28-minute […]


Pianist Daniel Pollack attends the 2017 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

January 16, 2018

Renowned pianist and USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Daniel Pollack, was an honored participant at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum in November. At the inaugural forum in 2016, Pollack became the first recipient of the exceptional designation, “The Forum Ambassador,” granted to Russian and foreign prominent culture and arts experts. At the 2017 […]


Alumnus Martin Leung performs with the Academic Leipzig Orchestra

November 20, 2017

On November 13th, Keyboard Studies alumnus Martin Leung (DMA ’15, piano) performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig (Academic Leipzig Orchestra) under maestro Horst Förster. Leung received the opportunity to perform at the Leipzig Gewandhaus after winning first prize in the concerto division of the Los Angeles Liszt Piano competition last […]


This Saturday, Thornton celebrates new music from “Noon to Midnight” with the LA Phil

November 14, 2017

On Saturday, November 18th, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will welcome the city’s most adventurous music audiences to Walt Disney Concert Hall for a day-long celebration of contemporary composition, Noon to Midnight. In addition to performances by Steven Schick, Rage Thormbones, LA Signal Lab, Los Angeles Electric 8, wild Up, red fish blue fish, gnarwhallaby, SASSAS, […]


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