News from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Alumnus Matthew Howard named principal percussionist for LA Phil

June 6, 2016

USC Thornton alumnus Matthew Howard (BM ’12) has been named principal percussionist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil). After completing his undergraduate degree at Thornton under director of Percussion Studies Joseph Pereira and James Babor, Howard went on to earn his master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. Most recently, Howard was a percussionist […]

Critic Tim Page talks about Glenn Gould in the “New York Times”

June 3, 2016

Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic and a member of the USC Thornton Musicology faculty, was quoted in an article about the late, influential pianist Glenn Gould in the New York Times. The article, by Anthony Tommasini, explored the interpretive aspirations of Gould’s artistic practice and the myriad ways in which his recordings have been […]

PICF ’16: “The New Yorker” reflects on the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

June 1, 2016

Alex Ross, music critic for the New Yorker, has published a review of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in the magazine’s June 6/13 issue. Surveying the Festival’s programming in the context of both repertory and style, Ross highlighted soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Sol Gabetta, Zuill Bailey, David Geringas, Thomas Demenga, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Colin Carr, […]

No Film School explores Christopher Young’s “peculiar but awesome” creative process

May 31, 2016

Film composer and USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) faculty member Christopher Young was recently profiled by the No Film School website, praised for his “peculiar but awesome” creative process. The Golden Globe-nominated composer behind Spider Man 3, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Drag Me To Hell described some of his […]

Oboist Allan Vogel retires from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

May 26, 2016

Oboist Allan Vogel, a member of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion faculty, has retired as principal oboe with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) after 44 years with the ensemble. Called “an aristocrat of his instrument, an oboe virtuoso with few equals,” by the Los Angeles Times, Vogel joined LACO in 1972 and was […]

PICF ’16: Yo-Yo Ma celebrates the festival with a wardrobe change

May 22, 2016

After the intermission of his May 15 recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall with pianist Kathryn Stott, cellist Yo-Yo Ma returned to the stage in an unusual wardrobe change, replacing his formal concert wear with a t-shirt. “I thought it was hot in here,” he said with a laugh, “and not because there are so […]

PICF ’16: Still faithful after 40 years

May 21, 2016

Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows recently published a digital exhibition of the cello’s historical development in anticipation of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Now, they have released a series profiling the instruments used by Festival artists, including artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum. He has played a 1729 cello made by Domenico Montagnana of Venice since 1971 […]

PICF ’16: Festival Media Roundup #3

May 20, 2016

The festival has offered a remarkable week of music making and has a full schedule through the weekend. The Huffington Post has already published a list of “Ten Essential Picks for the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.” Where Magazine featured the festival under the “Hot Dates” section of its April issue and included it online as […]

PICF ’16: Festival Media Roundup #2

May 18, 2016

The coverage in the last week has been both broad and positive of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Arts Beat LA featured a lengthy preview of the festival. Los Angeles Magazine included two articles on their website: “You Should Be Listening to Cello Music in L.A., and Here’s Why” and “L.A. Will be Filled with […]

PICF ’16: Finding the body and soul of the cello

May 17, 2016

The Los Angeles Times reviewed the many events that occurred over the Festival’s opening weekend, from the three concerto concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall to an opening night gala at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Music critic Mark Swed wrote that “…Sunday, the first full day of the festival, a bevy of spectacular cellists used the […]

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