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As a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music, you are a member of a thriving network of distinguished alumni spanning the globe. USC Thornton alumni perform on stages around the world, imprint their musical voice in the global media as sought-after studio musicians and recording artists, hold prominent positions in major orchestras and ensembles, win coveted prizes and honors, and serve as leaders in the rapidly evolving music profession. The USC Thornton Office of Alumni Relations strives to support our alumni in achieving success and transforming the world of music today while engaging our alumni through interactive networking events and an active online community.

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  • Music Career Night: Turning Career Failures into Success

    USC Thornton Board of Councilors and the Office of Alumni Relations present the sixth annual Music Career Night: Turning Career Failures into Success, moderated by Board of Councilors members, who will lead mid-career music industry professionals in a robust discussion on the importance of pushing past failures to grow and achieve success in your music career.

    Tutor Campus Center (TCC)

  • Griot! African and European Improvisations with Jalli Lamin Kuyateh and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia

    African musician Jalli Lamin Kuyateh joins music director Adam Gilbert and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia for a fascinating meeting of musical styles, time periods, and instruments. The improvisational concert will blend Gambian and Baroque songs to create a riveting fusion of African griot and Euro-Baroque music. Kuyateh stands in a long tradition of Gambian bards, performing the African gourd harp (or kora) while singing birimintingo and kumbengo, improvised songs and stories that tell history, sing in praise and love, and offer sage advice. Kuyateh lives in the Netherlands, where he blends traditional and modern African music to collaborate with European ensembles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Paul Dresher and the Dresher/Davel Instrument Duo

    Composer and musician Paul Dresher and percussionist Joel Davel join forces for an electro-acoustic performance on extraordinary instruments of their own invention. Dresher and Davel will create otherworldly music on the four-stringed, fifteen-foot-long quadrachord, the seven-stringed, 10-foot-long hurdy grande, and electronic-music pioneer Don Buchla's magical Marimba Lumina. Following the concert, Dresher will present a short talk about his instruments and invite the audience to come onstage and try them out for themselves. Organized by Karen Koblitz from the USC Roski School of Art and Design and Veronika Krausas from the USC Thornton School of Music, the performance is presented in conjunction with Sound Maze, an exhibition of Dresher's instruments on display at the USC Fisher Museum of Art from March 3 through 8. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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