Anthony Parnther conducts the Music Academy of the West’s Academy Festival Orchestra on July 8. Photo by Zack Mendez/Music Academy of the West.

In Friday’s (7/14) Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed writes, “Saturday night Anthony Parnther conducted a stirring concert of a student chamber orchestra at the Music Academy of the West. This is an elite summer training program in Montecito for some of the country’s most promising young musicians … Eleven days earlier, Parnther led a small ensemble of excellent L.A. musicians to close the season of the new music series Tuesdays @ Monk Space, a small gallery and studio space on the outskirts of Koreatown. These two spaces, musical forces, neighborhoods and audiences were at opposite extremes, but both suited Parnther. He also happens to be a busy studio conductor and bassoonist who has worked over the last two decades on some 1,000 movie, television and video game scores. He is music director of the San Bernardino Symphony and the Southeast Symphony in Los Angeles, serving distinctly different and underrepresented communities. He is a composer and educator. The likes of Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) and RZA of Wu-Tang Clan turn to him for their orchestral needs. He is, in his exceptional musical reach, the quintessential L.A. musician of our day.”