Strings News from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

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Daily Trojan highlights Live! From Somewhere performance series

March 31, 2020

The Daily Trojan, USC’s student-led newspaper, recently highlighted USC Thornton’s new video series, Live! From Somewhere. The series was launched on March 16 in response to recent closures and event cancellations, and as the school’s artists have looked for ways to continue making music while social distancing. Live! From Somewhere presents homemade performances by Thornton […]


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The Strad presents digital tribute to Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

March 26, 2020

The Strad has put together a digital tribute to the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, which was scheduled to take place March 13-22 at USC. As the event’s official media partner, The Strad expressed appreciation for those who worked diligently to organize the festival, writing: “…we know the amount of effort that artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum and […]


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Thornton artists feature prominently in LACO’s recently announced 2020-21 season

March 9, 2020

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has announced its 2020-21 season, the “Season of the Violin,” which prominently features a number of USC Thornton artists, many of whom have enjoyed long relationships with the orchestra. Nov. 14 and 15, Keyboard Studies faculty member and LACO’S Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, who previously served for 20 years […]


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Thornton artists feature prominently in concert honoring women composers, performers, directors

February 24, 2020

USC Thornton artists will feature prominently in the Los Robles Master Chorale’s upcoming collaborative concert, Women Speak, highlighting the work of women composers, performers and directors. The all-women chorus VOX Femina Los Angeles will join the Los Robles Master Chorale (LRMC) for the fist half of the evening’s program. Both choruses are led by USC […]


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Thornton artists feature prominently in Carnegie Hall 2020-21 season

February 17, 2020

Carnegie Hall has announced its 2020-21 season, with concerts featuring a number of USC Thornton artists. The Los Angeles Philharmonic returns to Carnegie Hall this season, after a 30 year absence, with two of four concerts featuring work by Composition faculty member and Thornton alum Andrew Norman (BM ’02, MM ’04). Oct. 8, the LA […]


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Ben Hong performs tribute to Kobe Bryant at Lakers game

February 3, 2020

On Friday, Jan. 31, cellist and USC Thornton Strings faculty member Ben Hong performed at Staples Center in tribute to Kobe Bryant and the lives lost on Jan. 26. The tribute was part of a program to celebrate Bryant’s life preceding the Lakers’ first game since the legendary NBA player’s sudden death. Hong performed a […]


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Piatigorsky documentary, “The Cellist,” to be screened at USC Thornton following DVD release

January 16, 2020

“The Cellist,” a documentary detailing the life of famed cellist Gregor Piatigorsky will be released on DVD Jan. 28. Often heralded as one of the greatest classical musicians of the 20th century, Piatigorsky was a musical prodigy at an early age, and fled the Soviet Union to the United States in the 1920s. He ultimately […]


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Kathryn Eberle appointed concertmaster of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

November 4, 2019

USC Thornton alum Kathryn Eberle (BM ’04) has been appointed concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Eberle was selected after the orchestra’s summer auditions to fill the position of the late Katia Popov. Along with being a seasoned soloist and chamber musician, Eberle is the associate concertmaster for the Utah Symphony, a position she will […]


Alexander Miller stages multi-media performance about lost LA landmarks

October 17, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Alexander Miller (DMA ’10) will perform a multi-media project To…Oblivion: Historic Landmarks Around Los Angeles for the first time in its entirety on Friday, October 25 at Boston Court Pasadena. Using electric guitar and audio and visual effects, Miller’s performance will explore six LA landmarks that have been irreparably altered or destroyed. […]


Bing Wang judges nation-wide songwriting competition in Singapore

October 8, 2019

USC Thornton faculty member and music producer Bing Wang landed a spot on the judging panel for Singapore’s nation-wide Mandopop songwriting festival, SG:SW2017 I Write The Songs. Wang was joined by Singaporean xinyao pioneer Liang Wern Fook and singer-songwriter Wong Hong Mok to judge the 12 performances given at the finale concert on Saturday, Sept […]


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