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The USC Thornton strings department is a nationally distinguished top-tier program. Its eminent artist-teachers are distinguished in both individual instruction and coaching for chamber music. Exceptional standards of professionalism in performance and teaching have been upheld for more than a century by a faculty that has included Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose. Students studying strings will have the opportunity to participate in the varied, professional-level performance groups on campus, including the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and many prize-winning chamber ensembles.

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  • Baroque Sinfonia: Music of Hieronymus & Michael Praetorius

    The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, led by Rotem Gilbert, presents a program of German sacred music by Hieronymus Praetorius and rousing dances from Michael Praetorius’s Terpsichore.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Returning to Walt Disney Concert Hall, maestro Carl St.Clair and the USC Thornton Symphony are joined by Keyboard Studies faculty members Bernadene Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald for an evening of Mozart and Strauss. Blaha and Fitz-Gerald will be featured in Mozart’s artful Piano Concerto No. 10, K.365, for two pianos. In the second half of the program, the ensemble will perform Richard Strauss’s spectacular Alpine Symphony, Op. 64. Program: W. A. Mozart – Concerto, 2 Pianos, No.10, K.365 (316a), E-flat major Richard Strauss – Eine Alpensinfonie, TrV 233, op.64 (Alpine Symphony)

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • Cello Masterclass with Steven Isserlis

    Celebrated British cellist Steven Isserlis, in Los Angeles for appearances with the LA Phil, presents a masterclass in cello performance.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • 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 (clarinet) performs Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A minor (K.622), Gabriel Martins (cello), performs Hindemith's Violoncello Concerto, and Vijay Venkatesh (piano), performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Clive Greensmith

    Cellist Clive Greensmith, a former member of the Tokyo String Quartet, leads a masterclass with some of the outstanding students of the Strings and Keyboard departments.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Tragic Mahler

    Guest Conductor Uriel Segal leads the USC Thornton Symphony in an impassioned performance of Gustav Mahler's Sixth Symphony, known as the “Tragic.” From its energetic opening through its torturous finale, the 80-minute work will lead listeners and performers on a poignant journey. PROGRAM: Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 6, A minor, “Tragic”

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Solo Bach Competition

    A panel of distinguished guest adjudicators will hear finalists from the Strings program perform complete sonatas, partitas and suites by Johann Sebastian Bach.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra: Haydn & Mendelssohn

    Margaret Batjer, USC Thornton faculty member and concertmaster of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, leads the Thornton Chamber Orchestra from the concertmaster's chair in Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 8 in G major, "Le soir," and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A major, "Italian." The performance is part of an ongoing exploration of conductorless musicianship in the USC Thornton Orchestra program. PROGRAM: Franz Joseph Haydn — Symphony No. 8, G Major (Le soir; Evening) Felix Mendelssohn — Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, A Major (Italian)

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Chamber Music Festival

    Faculty member Karen Dreyfus leads a two-day festival of chamber music featuring performances from students across the Classical Performance and Composition Division. The USC Thornton Chamber Music Festival is a two-day student performance program, which includes the following events: Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival

    Faculty member Karen Dreyfus leads a two-day festival of chamber music featuring performances from students across the Classical Performance and Composition Division. The USC Thornton Chamber Music Festival is a two-day student performance program, which includes the following events: Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Concerto Competition Finals: Strings

    Always a popular event, this competition performance brings selected student finalists from the Strings department before a panel of guest adjudicators.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Elizabeth Pitcairn

    Violinist, alumna Elizabeth Pitcairn performs on Trojan Vision

    November 30, 2016

    Violinist and USC Thornton Strings alumna Elizabeth Pitcairn (’02) recently appeared on Trojan Vision’s nightly talk show, CU@USC. Pitcairn discussed the history behind her legendary 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin and then performed with the instrument. https://youtu.be/7TBwcWVcR1I In her career as a soloist, Pitcairn has performed in concert halls such… read more

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