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The Wind Ensemble of the USC Thornton School of Music has a long and distinguished career. Currently under the leadership of H. ROBERT REYNOLDS, principal conductor, and SHARON LAVERY, resident conductor, the USC THORNTON WIND ENSEMBLE performed at Carnegie Hall in 2005 and at the Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota in 2003, both for the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), as well as musical gatherings in the state of California. Their repertoire ranges from the early brass music of Gabrieli through the serenades of Mozart and Haydn, to the most recent contemporary music written for wind ensembles. Distinguished past conductors of the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble include Lucien Cailliet, William Schaefer, Robert Wojciak, and Douglas Lowry (now Dean of the Eastman School of Music).

Tonight’s performance of John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus is the California premiere of this significant work.