“The USC Thornton School of Music will celebrate the new year by welcoming to its faculty Jeffrey Kahane, pianist and music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,” writes Jessica Gelt in Tuesday’s (12/9) Los Angeles Times. “Kahane will join the faculty part time in 2015 and will continue part time until he steps down from his LACO post in 2017…. At that point he will have served as the chamber orchestra’s music director for 20 years…. He then will become the orchestra’s music director laureate and assume a full-time faculty position at USC Thornton…. Kahane says, ‘I have a degree in classics and am very engaged in literature, and the relationship of literature and music, so I’m excited to bring that perspective to my teaching.’ Robert Cutietta, dean of USC Thornton, is particularly excited about the interdisciplinary approach, Kahane said. He added that his focus will be on teaching piano initially but will broaden over time. Many L.A. Chamber Orchestra musicians are already faculty members at Thornton, including concertmaster Margaret Batjer, principal cellist Andrew Shulman and principal oboe Allan Vogel. The school’s choral ensemble, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, regularly partners with LACO for performances as part of the latter’s regular subscription series.”

Posted December 10, 2014