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  • Masterclass with Singer-Songwriter Raul Midón

    Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón presents a masterclass for students of USC Thornton's Division of Contemporary Music.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Tchaikovsky's Fourth

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a theatrical and musical presentation of Tchaikovsky’s impassioned Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. The emotional urgency of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, is said to reflect the composer's struggles with health issues, a failed marriage, blackmail, his brother’s criminal activities, money problems, closeted homosexuality, and vicious rumors. In this performance, actors will bring Tchaikovsky's melodrama to vivid life with readings from his correspondences and program notes as the music unfolds. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative. Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below:. USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP USC Alumni: RSVP General Public: RSVP

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Faculty Recital: Sarah Gibson & HOCKET

    Composition faculty member Sarah Gibson presents HOCKET, a piano-duo collaboration with alumnus Thomas Kotcheff, in a program featuring two world premieres by Thornton composers. The program will feature the premiere of a new work by faculty composer Donald Crockett, music by Stephen Hartke, and more.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Dance as Music

    Drawing inspiration from dance, Sharon Lavery conducts the USC Thornton Symphony in two works originally conceived as ballet: Stravinsky's Petrushka and Ravel's Boléro.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    The USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra, led by Jason Goldman, presents a tribute to singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. The performance will feature original arrangements by Jazz Studies students and singers from Thornton's Jazz and Popular Music programs.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Faculty Recital: Antoinette Perry, Michele Zukovsky, James Walker & Ben Hong

    Pianist Antoinette Perry will be joined by faculty members Michele Zukovsky, clarinet, James Walker, flute, and Ben Hong, cello, in a wide-ranging chamber music recital. The program will include Beethoven's Bagatelles, Op. 119 for piano; Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Clarinet Sonata, Op. 28; Jon Kimura Parker's Pan Dreams for flute and piano; and Brahms' Clarinet Trio, Op. 114.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton’s Jazz Studies department present an evening of contemporary jazz as part of an ongoing series. For parking & directions, visit: https://music.usc.edu/map/

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Arnold Steinhardt

    Arnold Steinhardt, first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet, presents a chamber music masterclass.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the Thornton Edge new music ensemble in a program of contemporary works by distinguished British and American composers. The performance will feature Harrison Birtwistle's Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum and Breakfast Rhythms by Joan Tower.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra

    Music director Bob Mintzer and the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra headline this ongoing contemporary jazz series.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • Faculty Recital: Cherry Rhodes with Ladd Thomas & Douglas Masek

    Organ Department faculty member Cherry Rhodes performs a recital at Los Angeles' iconic downtown cathedral with guest artists Ladd Thomas and Douglas Masek. The program will feature the world premiere of Fr. Joseph Walter's Chorale, Diferencias and Glosas on Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Olivier Messiaen's Combat of Life and Death, and Rayner Brown's Sonata for Organ Duet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone and Clarinet featuring USC Thornton faculty organists Cherry Rhodes and Ladd Thomas and saxophonist/clarinetist Douglas Masek.

    Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    The program opens with Karel Husa's Smetana Fanfare and William Schuman's George Washington Bridge, followed by Vaughan Williams Folksong Suite, featuring a guest singer. In the second half of the program, the ensemble will perform Beethoven's Octet, Paul Dooley's Mavericks, and Hindemith's “March" from Symphonic Metamorphosis.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

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    Rod Gilfry

    Rod Gilfry sings Don Alfonso in back-to-back European productions

    August 29, 2016

    Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of USC Thornton’s Vocal Arts & Opera faculty, recently performed the role of Don Alfonso in back-to-back runs of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the UK and France. The co-production, directed by Christophe Honoré and conducted by Louis Langrée and Jérémie Rhorer, was first presented… read more

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