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Winds and Percussion

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The USC Thornton Winds and Percussion faculty consists of artists and teachers of national and international regard, and provides a level of artistic and technical development virtually unmatched in the United States. Emphasis on all aspects of performance, combined with broad musical preparation, produces graduates who are concert artists, recording artists for major motion picture and television studios, performers in major orchestras and ensembles, and members of the faculties of music schools throughout the world.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as non-degree certificates, are offered in: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion.

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  • Faculty Recital: Antoinette Perry, Michele Zukovsky, James Walker & Ben Hong

    Pianist Antoinette Perry will be joined by faculty members Michele Zukovsky, clarinet, James Walker, flute, and Ben Hong, cello, in a wide-ranging chamber music recital. The program will include Beethoven's Bagatelles, Op. 119 for piano; Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Clarinet Sonata, Op. 28; Jon Kimura Parker's Pan Dreams for flute and piano; and Brahms' Clarinet Trio, Op. 114.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the Thornton Edge new music ensemble in a program of contemporary works by distinguished British and American composers. The performance will feature Sean Friar's Short Winds, Harrison Birtwistle's Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum, Breakfast Rhythms I and II by Joan Tower, and Timo Andres' Trade Winds.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    The program opens with Karel Husa's Smetana Fanfare, and William Schuman's George Washington Bridge, followed by Vaughan Williams English Folksong Suite, featuring soloist Katherine Beck. Beethoven's Wind Octet in E-flat major, op. 103 brings up the second half, followed by Paul Dooley's Mavericks, and Hindemith's “March" from Symphonic Metamorphosis.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Baroque Sinfonia: In stile moderno

    Rotem Gilbert leads the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia in a program of virtuosic music from seventeenth-century Italy. The concert will feature virtuosic Italian music by Claudio Monteverdi, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Barbara Strozzi, Luca Marenzio and Dario Castello, as well as a fiery Vivaldi bassoon concerto performed by Leah Kohn.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

    Donald Crockett, chair of the Composition program, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by student composers. Over the past 25 years, the New Music for Orchestra (NMO) event has premiered more than 125 compositions, often leading to professional commissions and international recognition.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Percussion Ensemble: From the Subconscious

    Joseph Pereira, Thornton faculty member and principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leads the Percussion Ensemble in a concert including pieces by David Lang, JL Adams, and Rolf Wallin.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Songs & Dances

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the Wind Ensemble in a program of songs and dances, with guest pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald. The concert opens with Roberto Sierra's Tumbao, followed by Ernst von Dohnanyi's Variations on a Nursery Song, featuring guest pianist and USC Thornton faculty member, Kevin Fitz-Gerald. The second half of the program will include Leslie Bassett's Lullaby for Kirsten, Donald Grantham's Phantasticke Spirites, and Five American and Greek Dances by Robert Russell Bennett & Nikos Skalkottas.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Composition Showcase

    The Composition department presents two concerts featuring new solo, chamber and vocal works by student composers. The celebrated program has included Pulitzer Prize finalists and major award winners among its recent alumni. The first program will take place at 3:00 PM and the second at 7:00 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Composition Showcase

    The Composition department presents two concerts featuring new solo, chamber and vocal works by student composers. The celebrated program has included Pulitzer Prize finalists and major award winners among its recent alumni. The first program will take place at 3:00 PM and the second at 7:00 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Collegium Workshop: The Songbook of Anna of Cologne

    Adam Gilbert leads the Collegium Workshop in The Songbook of Anna of Cologne, a testimonial to the spiritual life of the German Rhineland in the Late Middle Ages. The program features German songs of devotion collected by Anna of Cologne, a follower of the “Modern Devotion” religious movement, around 1500 AD.

    United University Church (UUC)

  • Winter Gala: Brightest and Best – A Scholarship Fundraiser

    Celebrate the holidays in elegant style with the annual Brightest & Best winter gala, a scholarship fundraiser that provides substantial support for USC Thornton students. The event will feature 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs in an evening of pageantry for the entire community to enjoy.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • 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)


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    Kaleidoscope 2016-17 season includes several Thornton premieres

    September 26, 2016

    The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra has released plans for its 2016-17 season. Following an ambitious international call for scores, the ensemble will premiere works by USC Thornton alumni Saad Haddad (BM’14, composition), Patrick O’Malley (MM’15, composition), and Gernot Wolfgang (GCRT ’94, film scoring), as well as Thornton doctoral candidate, Julia Adolphe,… read more

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