Classical Performance and Composition

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Upcoming events

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  • Classical Guitar Department Recital

    Students of USC Thornton’s renowned Classical Guitar department present an enthralling evening of chamber music for guitar.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Night featuring CreSCendo

    The CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by Sara Gazarek, headlines this ongoing series of contemporary jazz. 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)

  • Pop String Ensemble

    USC Thornton’s new Pop String Ensemble presents original compositions and arrangements in a variety of popular genres.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • USC Thornton Opera Presents "Postcard from Morocco"

    The USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco, a vivid and often absurd portrait of travelers frozen in time as they wait for their lives’ journey to continue. USC School of Dramatic Arts faculty member John DeMita directs the one-act opera, while musical director Brent McMunn conducts.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Collegium Workshop: German Devotional Song Before 1500

    Adam Knight Gilbert leads the USC Collegium Workshop in a performance featuring sacred music by Hildegard von Bingen, polyphonic chant settings from the Glogauer Liederbuch copied at the Abbey of Żagań, and devotional music collected by fifteenth-century women.

    United University Church (UUC)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a three-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Winds & Percussion - Mon., Apr. 23 at 4:30PM Vocal Arts - Tue., Apr. 24 at 5:30PM Strings - Tue., Apr. 24 at 7:30PM Strings - Wed., Apr. 25 at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. 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)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    As part of a three-day festival, Vocal Arts students collaborate with student instrumentalists in repertoire from the Classical Era to the 21st century under the direction of Lisa Sylvester. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Winds & Percussion - Mon., Apr. 23 at 4:30PM Vocal Arts - Tue., Apr. 24 at 5:30PM Strings - Tue., Apr. 24 at 7:30PM Strings - Wed., Apr. 25 at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    As the culmination of a three-day festival, USC Thornton's Strings students present chamber music repertoire from the Classical Era to the 21st century under the direction of Karen Dreyfus. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Winds & Percussion - Mon., Apr. 23 at 4:30PM Vocal Arts - Tue., Apr. 24 at 5:30PM Strings - Tue., Apr. 24 at 7:30PM Strings - Wed., Apr. 25 at 5PM & 7:30PM

    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)

  • Lute Masterclass with Paul O'Dette

    Paul O’Dette, renowned lutenist, conductor, and musicologist, visits USC Thornton for a masterclass on early music and classical guitar performance.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Keyboard Studies: Concerto Competition Finals

    Selected student finalists from the Keyboard Studies department perform before a panel of guest adjudicators in this popular competition finale.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

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