USC Thornton Chamber Singers & Concert Choir: Celebrating the Bard

The USC Thornton Chamber Singers and the USC Thornton Concert Choir present a “Poets and Music” program inspired by the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The “Poets and Music” program will include works by Bloesch, Bradford, Conte, Elberdin, Harris, Hennigan, Mäntyjärvi, Orban, Shearing, and Vaughan Williams.

Jazz Voice & Guitar Duo Showcase

Students from the USC Thornton Vocal Jazz and Studio/Jazz Guitar departments present a showcase of duo performances featuring singers and guitarists.

Percussion Ensemble: The Process of Time

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.

Music@RushHour - Percussion Showcase

The USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble, under Joseph Pereira, will showcase some of their favorite recent works. After making their Walt Disney Concert Hall debut earlier this month as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Noon to Midnight festival, the USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble presents a portion of their WDCH program for Music@RushHour audiences. Skip the traffic and enjoy an hour of extraordinary USC Thornton student talent with Music@RushHour. After the concert, stick around for free refreshments!

Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in a celebration of classic cartoon music, as part of an ongoing series featuring a variety of student jazz ensembles. The program will feature original arrangements of some of the most beloved classic cartoon themes.

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. This concert begins with William Schuman's George Washington Bridge, followed by Gordon Jacob's settings of British folk songs, Old Wine in New Bottles, Leslie Bassett's Lullaby for Kirsten, and Roberto Sierra's “Tumbao” from Sinfonía No. 3, “La Salsa." In the second half, USC Thornton faculty member and pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald joins the ensemble for Ernst Von Dohnányi's Variations on a Nursery Song, followed by Robert Russell Bennett & Nikos Skalkottas's lively Five American and Greek Dances.

Apollo Men's Chorus & Oriana Women's Choir: Tapestry of Song

The Oriana Women's Choir and Apollo Men's Chorus come together for an evening of exciting choral music by Casals, Ives, Copland, and more.

LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program: Mock Orchestral Audition

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO)-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program presents the Mock Orchestral Audition, providing the hands-on experience of a professional orchestra audition. True to the professional process, selected USC Thornton Strings students will play orchestral excerpts behind a screen for a panel of adjudicators including Jeffrey Kahane, music director of LACO; Armen Ksajikian, associate principal cello of LACO; and Josefina Vergara, principal second violin of LACO. At the conclusion of the audition, a special award may be given to an exceptional student at the discretion of the judges, giving them an opportunity to be mentored by a LACO principal musician and to perform as a substitute player during one week of the orchestra's 2016-17 concert season.

USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra tribute to Drummer Roy McCurdy

Bob Minzter leads the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra in a tribute to legendary drummer and USC Thornton faculty member Roy McCurdy, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Roy McCurdy has enjoyed an illustrious career, performing with Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, and Benny Golson. This USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra tribute concert will feature arrangements of signature tunes associated with McCurdy's tenure, arranged by Jazz Studies students and his long-time collaborators. Following the concert, music director Bob Mintzer will host a Q&A with McCurdy.

Music@RushHour - Solo Piano, Studio of An Perry

Students from the studio of An Perry will shine on a solo piano during this week’s Music@RushHour performance.

Jazz Night featuring Jazz Honors Combo

Jason Goldman and the Jazz Honors Combo celebrate noted trumpeter, composer and alumnus John Daversa (DMA ’09, jazz), in a tribute to his music.


Over 20 acts take the stage in this mini-festival featuring student bands, singer-songwriters and DJs from the Thornton Division of Contemporary Music.