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  • 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)

  • Music@RushHour - Classical Guitar

    Keeping with tradition, the first Music@RushHour concert of the semester will showcase an international lineup of performers from the studios of William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant of Thornton’s renowned Classical Guitar program. Following a rousing overture, the concert will revolve around the performance of three major works for guitar: the sonatas of Leo Brouwer, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Alberto Ginastera. Don’t miss it!

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • 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 Sean Friar's Short Winds, Harrison Birtwistle's Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum, Breakfast Rhythms I and II by Joan Tower, and Timo Andres' Trade Winds.

    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)

  • Baroque Sinfonia: In stile moderno

    Rotem Gilbert leads the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia in a program of virtuosic music from seventeenth-century Italy. The concert will feature virtuosic Italian music by Claudio Monteverdi, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Barbara Strozzi, Luca Marenzio and Dario Castello, as well as a fiery Vivaldi bassoon concerto performed by Leah Kohn.

    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 original compositions for sextet.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Music@RushHour - Polish Music Spotlight

    In this co-production with Polish Music Center, student artists will spotlight the best of Polish music for the Music@Rush Hour audience.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

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    Kaleidoscope 2016-17 season includes several Thornton premieres

    September 26, 2016

    The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra has released plans for its 2016-17 season. Following an ambitious international call for scores, the ensemble will premiere works by USC Thornton alumni Saad Haddad (BM’14, composition), Patrick O’Malley (MM’15, composition), and Gernot Wolfgang (GCRT ’94, film scoring), as well as Thornton doctoral candidate, Julia Adolphe,… read more

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