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Echo Wang

Echo Wang showcased in Emerging Artist Concert for Verde Valley Sinfonietta

April 17, 2019

The Verde Valley Sinfonietta showcased pianist and USC Thornton Keyboard Studies student Echo Wang in its annual Emerging Artists Concert earlier this month in Sedona, Ariz. Wang performed Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Kozacek.


Victor Labenske commissioned by MTNA

March 14, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Victor Labenske was commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) to write a chamber work for intermediate level players. The work, “A Walk Through the Valley,” published by Alfred Music, will be premiered at the MTNA National Conference in Spokane, Wash. on March 17, 2019.


USC Thornton faculty and alumnus collaborate for world premiere with LACO

March 13, 2019

On March 23 and 24, Jeffrey Kahane, Professor of Keyboard Studies at USC Thornton, will return to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to conduct the world premiere of GRAMMY Award-winning composer and Thornton alumnus James Newton Howard’s cello concerto, When we were One. The performance, which features USC Thornton Strings faculty member Andrew Shulman on cello […]


Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Andrew Shulman perform at the Broad’s “Beethoven, Bagels & Banter”

February 20, 2019

Kevin Fitz-Gerald, a USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member, and strings faculty member Andrew Shulman performed as part of the Broad’s monthly “Beethoven, Bagels & Banter” performance series this past Sunday. The trio – comprised of Fitz-Gerald on piano, Shulman on cello and Robert Davidovici on violin – presented works by Haydn and Brahms.


Jeffrey Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane recreates Beethoven’s iconic marathon concert

February 6, 2019

Jeffrey Kahane, USC Thornton professor of Keyboard Studies, led the Sacramento Philharmonic in a concert paying homage to Beethoven’s famous marathon concert of 1808, which featured the world premieres of his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, his Mass in C, and his Choral Fantasy, among others. In addition to conducting, Kahane also performed the piano solos […]


Vick iRay

Vicki Ray earns rave reviews for her solo performance

February 6, 2019

Pianist and USC Thornton alumna Vicki Ray (DMA ’88) received a rave review from SF Classical Voice for her January 16 performance at CalArts REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. Ray performed a solo concert featuring two works with the accompaniment of visual projections by artist Carole Kim. The review described Ray as “stealing the show.”


Yoko Rosenbaum

Yoko Rosenbaum presents research at National Collegiate Research Conference

February 5, 2019

Yoko Rosenbaum, a sophomore double major in Piano Performance at USC Thornton and Philosophy, Politics, and Law at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, presented at the 2019 National Collegiate Research Conference, the nation’s largest student-run research conference, at Harvard University from January 24-26. Rosenbaum’s looked at the lives and works of renowned […]


Jeffrey Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane earns rave review with Houston Symphony

January 28, 2019

Keyboard Studies professor Jeffrey Kahane earned a rave review in the San Angelo Standard-Times for his performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Houston Symphony. Kahane’s performance, described as “simply spectacular” and “an extension of him(self),” ended with an encore of “America the Beautiful” where he briefly switched into a minor key, resulting in […]


Daniel Pollack returns to Moscow as arts ambassador

January 15, 2019

Daniel Pollack’s recent trip to Russia in December 2018 marked the beginning of his sixth decade performing in the country. In 1958, the USC Thornton faculty member earned acclaim for his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at a competition alongside American star-to-be Van Cliburn. Sixty years and 18 Russian tours later, Pollack is […]


Alex Biniaz-Harris and Ambrose Soehn to perform in Cambodia

December 20, 2018

USC Thornton alum Alex Biniaz-Harris ’15 and Ambrose Soehn, who graduated in 2015 with a neuroscience degree at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences while minoring at USC Thornton, ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to perform in two Cambodian cities – Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – early next year. The duo […]


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