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This November, we showcase the extraordinary work of Thornton’s Community Engagement Programs in a series of videos.

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  • CANCELED: Thornton JazzReach Concert

    Young student jazz ensembles from the Los Angeles community perform as part of the USC Thornton Community Engagement Programs, funded in part by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • “Voice Out of Silence!” featuring Sophia Serghi

    Composer and pianist Sophia Serghi presents her recent documentary about refugee musicians finding their voices amidst the silence of relocation and hardship. Filmed in Cyprus in collaboration with filmmaker Lawrence Cumbo, “Voice Out of Silence!” explores the social and cultural impact of transient, refugee and relocated musician communities around the globe. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • The Met in HD: “The Exterminating Angel”

    The USC School of Cinematic Arts presents a delayed satellite broadcast from the Met of The Exterminating Angel, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met, is based on Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza’s acclaimed 1962 film of the same name and makes its Met premiere this season. Directed by the librettist Tom Cairns, The Exterminating Angel is a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Royal Danish Theatre; and Salzburg Festival, where the production premiered in 2016. Ken Cazan, chair of vocal arts and opera/resident stage director at the USC Thornton School of Music presents a pre-opera discussion. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Norris Cinema Theatre (NCT)

  • And Still We Rise: Women of Color Creating Community through the Arts

    Organized by Ken Foster, director of the USC Thornton Arts Leadership Program, two interactive events—a conversation and a dance flash mob—celebrate the impacts of women of color arts leaders. Women of color have long been at the forefront of community building and social activism through the arts. Dance companies, music ensembles, theatre troupes, and other arts groups led by women of color have worked in distinctly collaborative, intergenerational ways to not only preserve their cultural heritage but also build vibrant, healthy, and engaged communities. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Doheny Memorial Library (DML)

  • Opera Scenes

    The singing actors of the USC Thornton Opera program present an exciting and wide-ranging selection of excerpts, from operetta to grand opera.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Music as Medicine: Renée Fleming and Antonio Damasio in Conversation

    Join a forward-thinking discussion with opera star Renée Fleming, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and LA Opera CEO and president Christopher Koelsch about the connections between music and the brain—and the very real possibility that music is part of the solution to intractable problems like chronic pain and cancer. The discussion will be interwoven with live musical performances by LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists. Listen and learn about the role music and other arts can play in tackling the most difficult diseases and improving health and wellness. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Donuts with the Dean

    Grab a free donut and share your questions, ideas, and impressions with Robert Cutietta, Dean of USC Thornton, in this informal feedback session.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • Beethoven’s 9th: The USC Thornton Symphony & USC Thornton Choral Artists

    The USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Choral Artists join forces to perform one of the great masterworks of late Classical music, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. Completed in 1824, Beethoven’s final published symphony features the largest orchestra ever assembled by the composer and the now-iconic final movement, with a full chorus singing “Ode to Joy”—a fitting title for such a revelatory piece of music. Maestro Carl St.Clair, artistic leader of the USC Thornton Orchestra Program, will conduct the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and the USC Thornton Concert Choir as they perform one of the most beloved symphonies ever written. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Caught in the Chamber: A Music and Dance Concert-in-Process with yMusic

    In two very special performances, yMusic, award-winning composer and USC Thornton faculty member Andrew Norman, dancer/choreographer and USC Kaufman professor Jennifer McQuiston Lott, and avant-pop music-video director Nathan Johnson will create a hybrid “chamber music video.” Hailed by NPR as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is an ensemble of six innovative New York City instrumentalists who are equally at home performing with popular musicians like Björk and commissioning scores from rising orchestral composers. Share in their creative journey at this unique event, which will also feature new works by students from the USC Thornton School of Music and USC Kaufman School of Dance. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities

    Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center

  • Considering Matthew Shepard: A Chamber Music Performance

    The life and legacy of Matthew Shepard—a college student was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in a Wyoming field because he was gay—are remembered in Considering Matthew Shepard, the new passion/oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson, one of today’s most influential voices in choral music. This exquisite and moving chamber work, performed by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, soloists, and instrumentalists, reminds us that we must embrace differences and disrupt violence. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the composer and representatives of the USC Office of Religious Life and the LGBTQ community. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

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    Alumnus Michael Abels earns praise for “Get Out” Soundtrack

    December 14, 2017

    Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Michael Abels (’84, Composition) is the subject of a recent Los Angeles Times profile for his scoring work for Jordan Peele’s hit 2017 thriller, Get Out. Peele discovered the composer, who is best known for his gospel and orchestral compositions, through a Youtube clip of… read more

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