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House Music Concert Series


Presented by Friends of the Gamble House
in collaboration with USC Thornton School of Music


Friends of the Gamble House invites you to a four part music series in collaboration with the Thornton School of Music. The Gamble House living room will be reimagined as an intimate music venue for a series of performances in classical, jazz, vocal and period (1908) music. Evenings begin with a pre-performance reception on the terrace at 6:30pm.

Thornton School of MusicProceeds from these special performances go towards the restoration and ongoing maintenance of the Gamble House Baldwin piano. [The Baldwin Piano Company, of Cincinnati, Ohio, customized the interior works of the instrument for the Gamble family while the exterior cabinet was designed by the Greenes and built by the Hall Brothers.]


First Movement: Classical
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 7:00pm-9:00pm

Classical program by Trio Brillante (Micah Wright, Annie Jacobs-Perkins and Vijay Venkatesh)

Trio in Bb Major, Op. 11 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Allegro con brio  |  Adagio  |  Tema con variazioni
Fantasy Trio Robert Muczynski (1929-2010)
Allegro energico  |  Andante con espressione  |  Allegro deciso  |  Andante molto e sostenuto
Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Allegro  |  Adagio  |  Andantino grazioso  |  Allegro

Trio Brillante is an exciting new ensemble based in Los Angeles. Members Micah Wright (clarinet), Annie Jacobs-Perkins (cello), and Vijay Venkatesh (piano) met at the USC Thornton School of Music and started playing as a trio when applying to the 2016 Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, WA. Trio Brillante won the competition and, as a result, performed a week-long concert tour in Washington state and gave a live concert on Classical KING FM, one of the top classical radio stations in the US.


Second Movement: Jazz
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 • 7:00pm-9:00pm

Jazz trio performance of standards with a mix of original music.
Performance by the Sam Reid Trio (Samuel Reid, Corey Gordon and Cyrus Elia)

All The Things You Are (Comp. Jerome Kern. Arr: Samuel Reid)
Yesterdays (Comp. Jerome Kern)
Serenity (Comp. Joe Henderson)
Beatrice (Comp. Sam Rivers)
When Will The Blues Leave (Comp: Ornette Coleman)
Ugetsu (Comp. Cedar Walton Arr. Samuel Reid)

Samuel Reid: Samuel is a jazz pianist from Houston, Tx. He has performed with jazz ambassadors such as Antonio Hart, Jimmy Greene, Sean Jones, Mike Rodriguez, Andre Hayward, Frank Lacy, and David Wong. He is a Young Arts Winner in Jazz keyboard for 2017, and was accepted to study Jazz at The Skidmore Jazz Camp in New York, and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp in New Orleans. His senior of high school he was picked to go on tour with jazz saxophonist Dayna Stephens to Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC to teach other students about his love of music and his passion. He is currently a freshman at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California studying with Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, and Vince Mendoza.

Cyrus Elia:
Cyrus is a first year bassist at USC Thornton School of Music. Originally a classical cellist, Cyrus switched to bass at the age of 14 to expand his musical horizons. He has participated in different bands including the San Francisco High School Allstars, California Jazz Conservatory combos, Brubeck Jazz Colony, and the California All-State Orchestra.

Corey Gordon:
Corey is a jazz drummer, born in Los Angeles, CA. During middle school, he attended the Colburn School of the Performing Arts, where he had the opportunity to play all around Los Angeles with fantastic young jazz musicians. In the summers between school, Corey attended many music camps, such as the Stanford Jazz Institute and Berklee Five-Week. Besides the drums, he also composes; in 2015, Corey was honored to receive a Downbeat Award for Outstanding Composition for his piece, “Leaving the Cave”. Currently, Corey is attending the USC Thornton School of Music, where he is majoring in Jazz Studies. 


Third Movement: Parlor Music “An Evening of Song”
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 • 7:00pm-9:00pm

Performance by Rachelle Romero (soprano) and Hyunjung Lim (piano)

Michael William Balfe (1808 – 1870)
The Bohemian Girl | I Dreamt I Dwealt in Marble Halls
Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
Die Fledermaus | Mein Herr Marquis (Adele’s Laughing Song)
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Die Lotosblume
Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)
Aurore | En Prière
Henri Duparc (1848 – 1933)
Chanson Triste
Edward MacDowell (1860 – 1908)
Marionettes, Op. 38, no. 3 | Lover
Amy Beach (1867 – 1944)
Les Rêves de Colombine, Op.65, no.1 | La Feé de la Fontaine (The Fairy in the Fountain)
O Mistress Mine | Ecstasy
Charles K. Harris (1867 – 1930)
After the Ball
James L. Molloy (1837 – 1909)
Love’s Old Sweet Song | ‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer
Stephen Foster (1826 – 1864)
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair | Beautiful Dreamer

Rachelle Romero, Soprano
Rachelle Romero is a first-year graduate student in Thornton’s Early Music Performance Program. She regularly sings with USC’s Baroque Sinfonia and Collegium Ensemble, and has also performed with the USC Chamber Opera. Other notable performances include those with the Boston Camerata under internationally acclaimed soprano Anne Azéma (2016) and with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Debussy’s Trois Nocturnes (2012). Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Azusa Pacific University. During her undergraduate career, she performed and competed internationally with the APU Chamber Singers. She also performed several operatic roles with the university’s opera program, including Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Cendrillon in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon.

Hyunjung Lim, Piano
Hyunjung Lim was born in South Korea and started playing the piano at the age of four. She immigrated to Japan with her family when she was nine years old. She graduated from the Tokyo Metropolitan High School of Music and Arts, where she enjoyed accompanying many juries and competitions for soloists. In 2005, she was selected for the school’s annual concert and performed at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan with other selected students. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Cal State University, Fullerton under Eduardo Delgado, and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Hyunjung holds a Master of Music and an artist certificate in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from Azusa Pacific University, where she studied with Dr. Joel Clifft, and is currently staff pianist at Azusa Pacific University.


Fourth Movement: Vocal
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 • 7:00pm

Gaetano Donizetti: “O luce di quest’ anima” (from Linda di Chamounix)

Claude Debussy: Quatre chansons de jeunesse
1. Pantomime
2. Clair de lune
3. Pierrot
4. Apparition

Jake Heggie: Snake (from Eve-Song)
Jake Heggie: The Wound (from Eve-Song)
Ned Rorem: The Silver Swan
Ned Rorem: Psalm 148

Kurt Weill: “What Good Would the Moon Be” (from Street Scene)
George Forrest & Robert Wright: “And this is my Beloved” (from Kismet)

Jacques Offenbach: “L’amour lui dit la belle” (from Les contes d’Hoffmann)

Graycen Gardner, soprano, is currently in her second year of pursuing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts from the Thornton School of Music. She is a voice student of Elizabeth Hynes. Originally from Mequon, Wisconsin, Graycen is a graduate of Lawrence University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Graycen’s operatic roles in productions at Lawrence include Florence Pike in Albert Herring, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, and Laurie Moss in The Tender Land. She has also been a featured soloist in the Lawrence Conservatory’s “Kaleidoscope” concert and performed in the Opera Buffs’ Performers’ Showcase last month. In addition to portraying Margarita Xirgu in the Thornton School of Music’s production of Ainadamar this past fall, Graycen performed the role of Vitellia last season in Thornton’s production of La clemenza di Tito. She will be graduating from USC with her Masters of Music this spring, and this summer she will be attending the Taos Opera Institute.

Dongeui Park, pianist, maintains a highly active career as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. He was trained as a solo pianist at the Yewon, Seoul Arts High School, and the Yonsei University in Korea. During his years in Korea, he performed at the Seoul Arts center and the Sejong Arts Center, collaborating with great musicians. He also performed at the Berliner Philharmonie Kammer Saal and Carnegie Weill Hall. He has been awarded the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development Award and has worked with numerous orchestras and choirs since graduating from the Yonsei University. Mr. Park is currently studying with Kevin Fitz-Gerald at the USC Thornton School of Music.