USC Thornton Symphony

Since its inception in the early 1900s, the USC Thornton Symphony has been a visible artistic presence in the Los Angeles music community. It works regularly with some of the world’s greatest conductors, composers and musicians such as Henryk Górecki, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Joan Tower, Jacek Kaspszyk, the Romeros, the late Isaac Stern and most recently Yo-Yo Ma. This continues a long-standing tradition of collaborations with major figures in the field of music, from Bruno Walter and Leopold Stokowski to Witold Lutoslawski–historic collaborations that define this orchestra as one with tremendous range and ability. Górecki claimed it to be the best musical ensemble he had personally worked with after he conducted his third symphony in the West Coast premiere from the Bovard stage in 1997.