LOS ANGELES TIMES – L.A. Philharmonic’s young composers program fine-tunes talent

It wasn’t B.J. Thomas, exactly, but musical raindrops seemed to be falling in a white-walled rehearsal room next to Walt Disney Concert Hall, courtesy of Milo Talwani, one of the L.A. composers least likely to write melody, let alone ear candy, into a piece of music.

At 16, he’s one of four area high school students taking the royal road to composing careers, at least at the outset, via the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Talwani, a lanky epitome of precocious Bohemian-intellectual cool who’s a junior at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, had placed pizzicato plinking sounds that evoked the first spatterings of a cloudburst into a musical fragment from a work in progress. It was being given its first test run by the Calder Quartet, a string ensemble that over the past 15 years has gone from USC undergraduate beginnings to international acclaim.

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