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USC Wind Ensemble presents Nico Muhly’s world premiere

The free concert premieres Reliable Sources on November 15

One of the country’s top composers Nico Muhly (b.1981) is on campus November 12–17 for the world premiere performance and recording of Reliable Sources for bassoon and orchestral winds, performed by the USC Wind Ensemble. While on campus attending rehearsals, the performance, and the recording sessions, he will also work with music composition students.

The free concert is on Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts. Reliable Sources  was commissioned by a consortium of bassoonists and conductors around the country organized and led by music faculty Michael Harley, Scott Weiss and the USC Wind Ensemble.

Muhly is a sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Philadelphia Orchestra and others, he has written more than 80 works for the concert stage, including the operas Two Boys (2010), Dark Sisters (2011), and Marnie; the song cycles Sentences (2015), for countertenor Iestyn Davies, and Impossible Things (2009), for tenor Mark Padmore; a viola concerto for violist Nadia Sirota; the choral works My Days (2011) and Recordare, Domine (2013), written for the Hilliard Ensemble and the Tallis Scholars and Looking Up (2017), a work for choir and orchestra for the Cathedral Choral Society.

Muhly is a frequent collaborator with choreographer Benjamin Millepied and, as an arranger, has paired with Joanna Newsom and Antony and the Johnsons, among others. Planetarium, a large work co-written with Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner, was released on 4AD records. He has composed for stage and screen, with credits that include music for the 2013 Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and scores for the films Kill Your Darlings; Me, Earl And The Dying Girl; and the Academy Award-winning The Reader. Born in Vermont, Muhly studied composition with John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse at the Juilliard School before working as an editor and conductor for Philip Glass. He is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008). He lives in New York City.

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