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  • Classical Guitar Masterclass with David Russell

    GRAMMY Award-winner David Russell leads a masterclass with the Classical Guitar department.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Musician's Wellness Initiative: Gain Without Pain

    Occupational therapist Dr. Janice Rocker explores important questions for singers and instrumentalists about practicing smart, avoiding injury, and staying healthy.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Faculty Recital with the Early Music Program

    Inspired by the watershed year of 1517, members of the Early Music faculty offer a program of music from before and after the German Reformation, featuring polyphony by Henricus Isaac and Ludwig Senfl, and improvisations on dances from Michael Praetorius' beloved Terpsichore. The recital features faculty members Adam Gilbert (shawm, recorder, bagpipe), Rotem Gilbert (shawm, recorder, bagpipe), Jason Yoshida (guitar, theorbo, percussion), and special guests Adam Bregman (sackbut), and Malachai Bandy (shawm, viola da gamba).

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Music@RushHour: Classical Masterminds

    Thornton Keyboard Studies students perform masterworks of Mozart and Haydn for solo piano. Skip the traffic and enjoy an hour of extraordinary USC Thornton talent with Music@RushHour. After the concert, stick around for free refreshments!

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Jazz Night featuring ALAJE

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton student jazz ensembles.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Concerto Night

    Guest conductor David Lockington leads the USC Thornton Symphony in Concerto Night, featuring outstanding student soloists on clarinet, cello, and piano. Yasmina Spiegelberg performs Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A minor (K.622), Gabriel Martins performs Hindemith's Violoncello Concerto, and Vijay Venkatesh performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. This concert will be live-streamed to the USC Thornton website on Friday, February 24th. Visit music.usc.edu/livestream

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

    Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Drum Day

    The USC Thornton Community Engagement Programs celebrates the diversity and universality of the percussion family of musical instruments. The day-long event will offer clinics, demonstrations, and participatory drumming sessions in a variety of different styles and traditions.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Electro-Acoustic Showcase

    The Composition department presents the annual electro-acoustic showcase, led by DMA student Eric Pham, featuring works by student composers that combine electronic instruments and signal processing with acoustic instruments

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents an evening of standards and original compositions.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Thornton Edge

    Thornton Edge presents a program featuring Stephen Hartke's Gradus, Jeffrey Holmes' virtuosic microtonal work for nine players, Hagall, and recent vocal music by David Lang including Simple Song from Paolo Sorrentino's film, Youth.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

    Led by professors Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen, first-year Popular Music program students explore the foundations of their craft in this showcase.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

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    The National Children’s Chorus forms partnership with USC Thornton School of Music

    February 17, 2017

    USC Thornton has announced a new partnership with the National Children’s Chorus (NCC), America’s leading treble choral ensemble. The new educational initiative, designed to further train select young conductors in Thornton’s Choral & Sacred Music program, will provide graduate students with two positions annually on the NCC’s artistic staff. USC… read more

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