The Southeast Symphony celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a command performance of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony at Royce Hall.


In the 2019/20 season, American conductor, Anthony Parnther,  marks a major milestone as he embarks on 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 storytelling with audiences, advocating for underrepresented talent in the concert hall, and cultivating inspiring experiences with underrepresented communities. He has garnered considerable praise for his leadership and interpretive prowess throughout the United States, United Kingdom, China, South Korea, and Spain, and has recently accepted engagements in Czechoslovakia,  Australia, and South America.

Anthony Parnther has collaborated onstage 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, 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 is in demand as a recording session conductor for motion picture and television scores.  He has recently completed recording projects for such composers and artists as Rihanna, Ludwig Goransson, Ledisi, Rob Simonsen, Germaine Franco, Nathan Barr, Jeff Russo, RZA, Stephen Barton, and many others. In the video game arena, 

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).


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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