SYMPHONY NO. 2
The Southeast Symphony celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a command performance of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony at Royce Hall.
Over the last decade, conductor Anthony Parnther has become a respected figure in the music-making spheres of Southern California while expanding his concertizing worldwide. The 2019/20 season marks a major milestone as he completes his tenth year as Music Director of the Southeast Symphony in Los Angeles and simultaneously has been appointed Music Director of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, in San Bernardino, California. In addition, Anthony serves as the Artistic Director of Musicians at Play, an organization dedicated to preserving and showcasing the musical legacy of Los Angeles while raising money for instrumental music programs throughout Southern California. He has embraced an international career that emphasizes his passion for story telling with audiences worldwide, advocating for underrepresented talent in the concert hall, and cultivating inspiring experiences with underserved communities. He has garnered considerable praise for his leadership and interpretive prowess throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain, and has recently accepted engagements in China, South Korea, Czechoslovakia, Australia, and South America.
Anthony Parnther has collaborated onstage and in the recording studio with luminaries spanning every musical genre. This extensive list of icons includes Joshua Bell, Yundi Li, Frederica von Stade, Roderick Williams, Cirque de la Symphonie, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan, the Canadian Brass, Kanye West, Wes Borland, Imagine Dragons, Erick Morillo, Zedd, Alan Walker, and Rihanna.
Anthony Parnther is a leading authority on orchestral works by minority and women composers, both of whom are widely neglected in concert halls throughout the United States. He has restored and performed works by Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, George Walker, Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, and Samuel Coleridge Taylor. He has given premieres of works by Errollyn Wallen, John Wineglass, Gary Powell Nash, Ashoka Thiagarajan, and Marian Harrison. He has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by living composers such as Renee Baker, James Wilson, Phillip Herbert, Daniel Kidane, Chanda Dancy, and James Newton. He was profiled by Los Angeles' KCET/TV as a "Local Hero" in 2015 during black history month for his extensive community outreach and advocacy for the performance of works by minority and women artists.
Anthony Parnther has gained an exemplary reputation for his versatility as a conductor, with acclaimed performances of the standard repertoire as well as recognition for "inspired" and "extraordinary" performances of some of the most technically demanding
contemporary and Avant grade works ever written. He has recently led Brightwork Newmusic on Peter Maxwell Davies opera, "Miss Donnithornes Maggot" and well as the premiere of Hugh Levick's "The Ruins" at the Here/Now Music Festival. On the 50th Anniversary of the internment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Anthony led the UK based Chineke! Orchestra in the world premiere of Daniel Kidane’s “Dream Song”, featuring baritone soloist, Roderick Williams. The work was commissioned for the re-opening of Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre in London. This historic concert was broadcast internationally by the BBC and met with widespread critical acclaim. Only two maestros have been bestowed the honor of "opening" Queen Elizabeth Hall; the first was Benjamin Britten exactly fifty years earlier. In the Spring of 2018, UCLA commemorated the 65th birthday of distinguished contemporary composer, James Newton, with a celebratory concert series highlighting his works over a period of three decades at Schoenberg Hall where Anthony conducted the world premiere of Newton’s Glimpses of the Garden of Eden, featuring horn soloist Dylan Hart, Elisha's Gift, featuring the Lyris Quartet, and Beauty and Strength, featuring the Southeast Symphony. He also commissioned and conducted Chanda Dancy's widely heralded and politically charged "Centrifuge: Or The Powers That Separate Us" which was premiered at the historic Shatto Chapel in Los Angeles.
Anthony Parnther is in demand as a recording session conductor for motion picture, television, albums, and video game scores. He regularly leads sessions with the Hollywood Studio Symphony at all of the historic stages including 20th Century Fox, MGM/Sony, Warner Brothers, Skywalker Ranch, EastWest, United, and Capitol Records. He has recently completed recording projects for such composers and artists as RZA, Rihanna, Ledisi, Germaine Franco, Daniel Beaty, Nathan Barr, Jeff Russo, Stephen Barton, Wu-Tang-Clan, Edouard Brenniesen, Chanda Dancy, Michael Barry, Paul Doucette, Christian Linke, Michael Patti, Kyle Hicks, Nathan Whitehead, Maclane Diemer, Rihanna, Alex Temple, Sebastian Najand, and many others.
Anthony Parnther is recognized for his long association as conductor for Riot Game's international e-sport juggernaut, League of Legends. League of Legends, with its 120 million active players is the most played video game on earth and Anthony has served as principal conductor for scoring sessions and live concerts since 2013. These concert events, with upwards of seventy five-thousand audience members, are among the largest crowds a live orchestra has concertized for. The live-streamed broadcasts of the LoL World Finals opening and closing ceremonies average over forty-million viewers worldwide, outpacing the World Series. Anthony has led these mega-concert productions globally, including at such venues as the World Cup Stadium (Seoul, South Korea), the Palau Sant Jordi (Barcelona, Spain), the Water Cube and Birds Nest National Stadium (Beijing, China), and the Staples Center (Los Angeles, California).
He previously served as Music Director of the Orange County Symphony in Anaheim, California, and the Temecula Valley Symphony in Temecula, California. In 2008, Anthony founded the Orange County Wind Symphony, which was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. In 2015, he established the "All-star" Wind Orchestra of the West, which comprises musicians from Southern California's preeminent orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Studio Symphony.
Anthony is the proud son of immigrants. His father emigrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica at the height of the Korean War and served in the United States Navy before embarking on an engineering career. His mother came to America from the remote Pacific microstate of Samoa before starting her own business ventures. Anthony was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and the family eventually relocated to Washington D.C. and New York City before settling in central Virginia where Anthony became active in the instrumental music program. While in grade school, Anthony studied the cello, bassoon, and the tuba and developed secondary interests in acting, singing, and creative writing before deciding to enter university fully committed to music.
Anthony studied music performance at Northwestern University and orchestral conducting at Yale University where he studied with Lawrence Leighton Smith and Otto Werner Mueller. He also received guidance from Cliff Colnot, W. Francis McBeth, Thomas Jenrette, Roxanne Haskill, and Frank Battisti. He resides in Los Angeles.
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