The Illustrious Theater Orchestra were a chamber group founded in 1989 and based out of Cal State Fullerton. Led by saxophonist and keyboard player Shane W. Cadman, they consisted of keyboard player Paul Greenhaw, cellist Christine Dietrich, baritone saxophonist John P. Hoover, and clarinetist Scott McIntosh. Unlike any other classical chamber ensemble of their time, the Illustrious Theater Orchestra insisted on playing their own compositions, which were informed to a small extent by minimalism and were unvaryingly tonal, though not "new agey," and they did not venture into jazz-styled territory or indulge in improvisation. The compositions, often bearing bizarre, whimsical titles such as "Hats Off to the Lemming People" and "Love Answers Under Rain's Allure," were designed to reflect their own strengths as an ensemble and their love of certain harmonic combinations; Cadman's "All Night Long I Heard the Birds Flying" was conceived, for example, as a clarinet concerto for McIntosh. The Illustrious Theater Orchestra felt no pressure to make the music thornier just to conform to the established taste of the music conservatory environment of the time, nor to pretty it up to please the crystal worshipping pyramid power crowd -- it is the perfect synthesis of classical chamber music and what used to be considered "pop music."