ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF THE USC THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC'S RENOWNED WIND ENSEMBLE ON AN ALL NEW EPISODE OF 'OPEN CALL' AIRING SEPTEMBER 6 @ 9 PM ON KCET

Burbank, CA - August 27, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent television station serving Southern and Central California, invites viewers to tune-in to a brand new episode of its original performing arts series, Open Call, featuring the renowned USC Thornton School of Music's Wind Ensemble.

Premiering Sept. 6 at 9 p.m., Open Call presents "The USC Thornton School of Music's Wind Ensemble: Women's Composers of the Present." The concert was co-conducted by the school's principal and resident conductors Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery, respectively. The Wind Ensemble will present an innovative program featuring the best of wind compositions and arrangements. Open Call host Suzanna Guzmán and USC Thornton School of Music Dean Robert Cutietta will introduce the performance pieces, which include:

  • "Fanfare" and "Fascinating Ribbons" by Grammy-winning composer Joan Tower
  • "Jeux des Vents" by international award-winning composer and USC Thornton Assistant Professor of Composition Veronika Krausas
  • "Smoke & Mirrors" by international award-winning composer and USC Thornton Professor of Composition Erica Muhl; and
  • "Crossing Parallels" by international award-winning composer Kathryn Salfelder.

Considered one of the top conductors worldwide of wind ensembles, Principal Conduct H. Robert Reynolds directs the USC Thornton School of Music Wind Ensemble, which consistently presents innovative programs featuring the best of wind compositions and arrangements.

 

ABOUT H. ROBERT REYNOLDS

H. Robert Reynolds is the principal conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he holds the H. Robert Reynolds Professorship in Wind Conducting. This appointment followed his retirement, after 26 years, from the School of Music of the University of Michigan where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau Professor of Music, director of university bands, and director of the division of instrumental studies. In addition to these responsibilities, he has also been, for nearly 30 years, the conductor of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, which is made up primarily of members from the Detroit Symphony.

Robert Reynolds has conducted recordings for Koch International, Pro Arte, Caprice, and Deutsche Grammophon. In the United States, he has conducted at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Kennedy Center (Washington, D. C.), Powell Symphony Hall (St. Louis), Academy of Music (Philadelphia), and Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles). In Europe, he conducted the premiere of an opera for La Scala Opera (Milan, Italy), and concerts at the prestigious Maggio Musicale (Florence, Italy), the Tonhalle (Zurich, Switzerland), and at the Holland Festival in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Holland), as well as the 750th Anniversary of the City of Berlin. He has won the praise of composers Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, Karel Husa, Gyorgy Ligeti, Darius Milhaud, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and many others for his interpretive conducting of their compositions.

Reynolds has been a featured conductor and lecturer at international conferences in Austria, Norway, Belgium, England, Holland, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland. He has conducted in many of the major cities of Japan, Spain, and Sweden including concerts with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, and the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra. Many of his former students now hold major conducting positions at leading conservatories and universities, and several have been National Presidents of CBDNA.

 

ABOUT SHARON LAVERY

Sharon Lavery's extensive career has led her to conduct in preeminent concert halls across the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Currently, she serves as resident conductor of the Thornton Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.  She has led the USC Thornton ensembles in concert on many occasions and, for seven years, served as music director of the Thornton Concert Orchestra.  In addition to these duties at USC Thornton, Lavery teaches instrumental conducting classes.

Outside of USC, Lavery enjoys a distinguished career both locally and internationally.  Since December of 2007 she has been music director of the Downey Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble hailed as one of the best metropolitan orchestras in Southern California.  This position has brought Lavery great acclaim for her innovative programming.  During her tenure as music director, she has premiered or commissioned a new composition each season.

Maestra Lavery has attained prominence as a conductor throughout California.  Since 2004 she has held the post of cover conductor for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and she has served as cover conductor for the San Diego Symphony as well.


ABOUT USC THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The USC Thornton School of Music brings together a stellar faculty chosen from a broad spectrum of the music profession and gifted students from around the globe. Founded in 1884 and today the oldest continually operating cultural institution in Los Angeles, the Thornton School consistently ranks among the nation's top music schools and conservatories.

By blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the benefits of a leading research university, USC Thornton offers an impressive range of performance opportunities and a curriculum designed to prepare students for successful careers in the 21st century. The Thornton School presents more than 500 concerts each year and is the only music school with a weekly radio broadcast in a major media market featuring student performances.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, USC Thornton offers students every advantage of studying, performing, and networking in the world's most vibrant music industry hub. Every week, our students engage with leading professionals in all aspects of the music, recording, and entertainment industries, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Grammy Foundation, and The Recording Academy. Our students also are a constant presence in local classrooms, reaching out to the next generation of musicians. More at usc.edu/music, or call (213) 740-6935.


ABOUT KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.

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