Upcoming events

New Music for Orchestra |
February 28, 2020

Donald Crockett conducts the USC Thornton Symphony in the latest edition of New Music for Orchestra, a program of new works by our amazing Thornton composition students, at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus, February 28 at 7:30pm.

Thornton Edge in concert |
March 3, 2020

Donald Crockett conducts USC's new music ensemble, Thornton Edge, in a program featuring the premiere of the sinfonietta version of Kalevi Aho's Clarinet Concerto, featuring Thornton Artist Diploma clarinetist, Yasmina Spiegelberg.  Also on the program is the premiere of a new work for sinfonietta and electronics by Dan Caputo, and Steve Mackey's classic Indigenous Instruments.  Newman Recital Hall, USC campus, Tuesday March 3 at 7:30pm.

New Music USA commission for SAKURA cello quintet |
March 22, 2020

Donald Crockett has received a commission from New Music USA to compose a major work for the outstanding young cello quintet, SAKURA, for the 2019/20 season.  The premiere of Carving an Alphabet will be on the closing concert of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, which is part of the Colburn Celebrity Series, in Disney Hall, Los Angeles on March 22, 2020.  Stay tuned for additional details!  Updates on the project also available at the New Music USA website.

Thornton Edge |
April 14, 2020

Donald Crockett conducts Thornton Edge new music ensemble in a program featuring Sebastian Fagerlund's Octet Autumn Equinox.  Newman Recital Hall, USC campus, Tuesday April 14 at 7:30pm.

'And the River' recording sessions |
May 2020

HOCKET (Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff) and an ensemble of stellar Los Angeles musicians conducted by the composer gather to record Donald Crockett's concerto for duo pianists and chamber orchestra, And the River, for release on the Coviello Classics label.  And the River was co-commissioned by Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival and Oberlin Conservatory; the premiere run was in 2018-19 with performances in Los Angeles, Aspen, Oberlin and Cleveland.

ACE at the Aspen Music Festival |
July 2020

Donald Crockett returns to the Aspen Music Festival to conduct the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) in the opening weeks of the festival.  Stay tuned for further details!

Chamber Music Conference 75th Anniversary season commission |
July-August 2020

Donald Crockett returns to the CMC as Senior Composer in Residence for the 75th Anniversary season, held this summer at Colgate University in New York.  He is one of the composers commissioned in celebration of the CMC's 75th anniversary, along with Stephen Hartke, Hannah Lash and Elizabeth Ogonek.  His piece, a nonet for ww quintet, violin, viola, cello and bass, will be premiered at the faculty concert on August 1, and coached in participant ensembles all four weeks of the festival.  More details to follow (including the title)!