USC Thornton alumnus Daniel Newman-Lessler standing in front of yellow bushes wearing a black coat and taking off glasses.

Daniel Newman-Lessler conducts USC Thornton students in “Unforgettable Sunrise” premiere

On September 30, USC Thornton alumnus Daniel Newman-Lessler (MM ’17, BM ’14) will conduct 54 current students in the premiere of Unforgettable Sunrise, a 70 minute symphony by Jacob Rock and Rob Laufer.

Rock, a non-verbal teenager with autism, communicated his idea for the symphony through an app on the iPad. To help realize his vision, he enlisted family friend and Wild Honey Foundation musical director Laufer to compose the score for the symphony.

Unforgettable Sunrise, presented by Wild Honey Foundation and Autism Health Collaborative, will premiere at the Alex Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets to the orchestral performance are available here.

TAGS: Composition, Conducting, Strings, Winds and Percussion,