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Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra hosts competition for new works

March 23, 2018

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, which was founded by clarinetist and USC Thornton alumnus Benjamin Mitchell (GCRT ’17, arts leadership), has announced a competition for instrumental and vocal works to be performed during the ensemble’s 2018-19 season. The orchestra has emerged as a powerhouse for new music in Los Angeles, premiering works by 18 composers in […]

Veronika Krausas receives Opera America grant

March 20, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Veronika Krausas was recently awarded an Opera America Discovery Grant for her Ghost Opera project. Eight female composers received grants of up to $15,000 to help advance and promote their works-in-development. Previous recipients include faculty member Laura Karpman and DMA candidate Julia Adolphe (MM ’12). Krausas’ Ghost Opera is […]

Andrew Norman’s “A Trip to the Moon” proves popular with L.A. Phil audiences

March 13, 2018

A Trip to the Moon, the new children’s opera by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Andrew Norman (’02, MM ’04), was warmly reviewed in the Los Angeles Times following its U.S premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on March 2nd at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Times described the opera, which has seen significant […]

WQXR calls on Julia Adolphe for International Women’s Day inspiration

March 8, 2018

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th), New York’s WQXR asked eleven composers about the most influential women in their professional lives. At the top of the list is USC Thornton doctoral candidate Julia Adolphe (MM ’12), who spoke about the influence of composers Sofia Gubaidulina and Paola Prestini, as well as her mother, […]

Frank Ticheli warmly reviewed by the New York Classical Review

March 5, 2018

The East Coast premiere of composer and USC Thornton faculty member Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 3 “The Shore” was warmly reviewed by the New York Classical Review following a February performance at Carnegie Hall by the New York Choral Society. The review drew stylistic similarities with Debussy and Ravel, while lauding the symphony for its […]

This Sunday, join in a 75th birthday celebration of Morten Lauridsen

March 2, 2018

Composer, USC Thornton faculty member, and National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen will celebrate his 75th birthday with a special concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Glendale on Sunday, March 4th. The celebration will feature the Donald Brinegar Singers in a performance of Lauriden’s beloved Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, and The Nocturnes, […]

Kevin Hartnett choral work featured by Swiss ensemble

February 26, 2018

The Zurich Chamber Singers recently performed “De Profundis” by USC Thornton Composition alumnus Kevin Hartnett (BM ’13), in several performances throughout Switzerland. The work was commissioned by the ensemble and premiered in 2016 and was also recorded as part of their debut album, to be released by ARS Produktion in 2018. Hartnett currently serves as […]

London Philharmonic Choir to perform Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”

February 12, 2018

On Monday, February 12th, the London Philharmonic Choir will perform “O Magnum Mysterium” by USC Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74) in a special concert at London’s Buckingham Palace. The concert, honoring Princess Alexandra, will feature performances by several ensembles to raise funds for families whose lives are affected by dementia. The Los […]

A Two-Night Stand at Carnegie Hall

February 5, 2018

USC Thornton Composition professor Frank Ticheli’s music will be performed not once, but twice, this month at Carnegie Hall in New York City. On Feb. 11, the New York Choral Society and Orchestra will present the East Coast premiere of Ticheli’s piece, The Shore (Symphony No. 3), featuring text by USC faculty member David St. […]

Patrick O’Malley wins Sioux City’s Composer of the Year Award

January 31, 2018

Patrick O’Malley (MM ’15), a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Composition program, was recently selected as the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra’s Composer of the Year for 2018. He earned the title with Loneliness in a Beautiful Place, a string work that also won the 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. O’Malley will travel […]

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