Princeton Tonight Presents: Siddhartha Khosla and The Music Behind “This Is Us”

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018

Acclaimed film and television composer Siddhartha Khosla will hold a discussion and demonstration of his work in McCosh 10 Auditorium at Princeton University on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 7:30pm. The discussion will be moderated by Steven Mackey, Grammy-award winning composer and Professor in the Department of Music at Princeton University.

Khosla is currently scoring the second season of NBC’s hit Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated drama series, “This Is Us,” starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Sterling K. Brown.  Khosla composed the hit song, “We Can Always Come Back To This,” which ranked #12 on iTunes Top 100 songs and #1 in the Billboard Blues Charts for four consecutive weeks. The song earned Khosla a nomination for Best Song/Recording for Television from the Guild of Music Supervisors Award. Khosla also currently scores Hulu’s newest original series, “Marvel’s Runaways,” and the CBS comedy “Me, Myself and I,” among other projects. He is also the singer/songwriter/producer of the critically acclaimed band, Goldspot, called by The Sunday Times U.K. as “the best band to come out of America in years.” Goldspot’s original songs have been featured on numerous TV shows, including “How I Met Your Mother, “The O.C.” and “The Neighbors.” In November 2013, Khosla was invited as the musical guest for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Diwali celebration at the White House, where he delivered an emotional performance of several of his original songs.

Mackey – a Grammy Award winner lauded by Gramophone for his “explosive and ethereal imagination” – is regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation, with compositions ranging from orchestral and chamber music to dance and opera. He is currently Professor of Music and former chair of the Department of Music at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. Helping to shape the next generation of composers and musicians, he teaches composition, theory, twentieth century music, improvisation, and a variety of special topics. He regularly coaches and conducts new work by student composers, as well as 20th-century classics. He was the recipient of Princeton University’s first Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991.

This event is presented by Princeton Tonight, in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, as part of a continuing series of acclaimed film and television composers. Princeton Tonight is Princeton University’s broadcast television show, featuring celebrity guests, student-produced films, and other exciting segments. Princeton Tonight airs on Princeton Community TV (PCTV), as well as on YouTube.