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  • 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. RSVP to to reserve your spot! SCHEDULE: SESSION 1: Mindful Drum Circle*, led by Ossie Mair Experience drumming in a way that relaxes the body, increases attention and focus, and offers a healing experience. Ossie Mair has developed a therapeutic system using group hand drumming and sound baths, incredible vibrational healing modalities, as additional approaches to help clients experience healing in a fun and empowering way. *Thank you to Remo for providing drums for this session. SESSION 2: Samba Workshop, led by Aaron Serfaty Hands-on learning opportunity playing the rhythms of the Samba. Aaron Serfaty has played with Arturo Sandoval, Sergio Mendes, Jon Anderson, Dori Caymmi, and Don Grusin among many others. He is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California (1997-present), at The California Institute of the Arts (2000-present), and at the Los Angeles Music Academy (1996-present). Mix and Mingle time with presenters and participants Free pizza, refreshments, and conversation. Enjoy!

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • LACMA Sundays Live featuring USC Thornton Classical Guitar Ensemble

    USC Thornton’s Classical Guitar Ensemble performs for the Sundays Live concert series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The concert will take place in the museum's Leo S. Bing Theater. Admission is free.

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

  • USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents an evening of original works written by students and featuring a string quartet.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • New Music@RushHour

    For this RushHour concert, Thornton students present modern works by Sciarrini, Stockhausen, and more! Relax and skip the traffic with a free rush hour concert by USC Thornton students, followed by complimentary refreshments.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the Thornton Edge new music group in a program of modern works for large ensemble, including a new concerto by Thornton DMA candidate Patrick O'Malley featuring alumna violinist Clara Kim. The program will also feature works by Jacob Druckman, Katia Tchemberdji, and faculty member Veronika Krausas. PROGRAM: Jacob Druckman - Come Round Veronika Krausas - Analemma Katia Tchemberdji - Ma'or Patrick O'Malley - Between Two Chasms

    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 event. POPULAR MUSIC SHOWCASES: First Year - Wed., Feb. 28 at 8PM - Tommy's Place Second Year - Fri., Mar. 2 at 8PM - Carson Center First Year - Wed., Apr. 25 at 8PM - Tommy's Place Second Year - Fri., Apr. 27 at 8PM - Carson Center Third Year - Sat., Apr. 28 at 7:30PM - Carson Center Senior Showcase - TBD

    Tommy's Place (TCC)

  • 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. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Baroque Sinfonia: Improvisation Across Boundaries

    Adam Knight Gilbert leads the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia in an evening of improvisation across cultures and genres.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

    Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique. POPULAR MUSIC SHOWCASES: First Year - Wed., Feb. 28 at 8PM - Tommy's Place Second Year - Fri., Mar. 2 at 8PM - Carson Center First Year - Wed., Apr. 25 at 8PM - Tommy's Place Second Year - Fri., Apr. 27 at 8PM - Carson Center Third Year - Sat., Apr. 28 at 7:30PM - Carson Center Senior Showcase - TBD

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • USC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir: Soundscapes II

    The USC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir present a varied program, featuring classics of the choral repertoire as well as new and innovative works. In preparation for an upcoming tour to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, the Chamber Singers will present works by Baltic composers Marian Borkowski, Peteris Vasks, Veljo Tormis, and others. The Concert Choir, gearing up for a performance at the Western Division ACDA conference March 14–17 in Pasadena, will perform works by Thomas Tomkins, Norman Dello Joio, Daniel Elder, Jules Massenet, and Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen.

    The Parish of St. Matthew

  • Pacific Southwest Intercollegiate Choral Association Festival Concert

    The USC Thornton Department of Choral and Sacred Music hosts the 89th Annual Pacific Southern Intercollegiate Choral Association (PSICA) Festival, featuring nearly 400 singers from ten PSICA member schools and world-renowned guest clinician, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. Each choir performs a brief program showcasing their ensemble as the other ensembles cheer them on and Dr. Stroope provides constructive feedback. This concert is free and open to the public.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

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