Strings

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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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  • 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 afternoon 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) Tickets are available exclusively through the LA Phil box office at www.laphil.com/tickets or by calling (323) 850-2000.

    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 an intensive two-day festival featuring chamber music masterworks performed by students from the Strings Department together with colleagues from across the Classical Performance & 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 an intensive two-day festival featuring chamber music masterworks performed by students from the Strings Department together with colleagues from across the Classical Performance & 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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    Cellist Peter Myers wins position with San Francisco Opera orchestra

    January 11, 2017

    USC Thornton alumnus Peter Myers (MM ’10, GCRT ’13) is the new associate principal cello of the San Francisco Opera. In November, he was selected from a pool of over 50 invited cellists to join the company’s orchestra. A founding member of both the Saguaro Piano Trio and the SAKURA… read more

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