Events

Thornton JazzReach Concert

Young student jazz ensembles from the community perform as part of the USC Thornton Outreach program, funded in part by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. 12:00PM - Reception 1:00PM - Concert

Classical Guitar Masterclass with Zoran Dukić

Thornton's Classical Guitar department presents a masterclass with renowned Croatian-born guitarist, Zoran Dukić.

Forging "The Knife" – Kurt Weill Before Broadway

Forging “The Knife” explores the roots of Kurt Weill in a performance and conversation with violinist Daniel Hope and pianist and USC Thornton professor Jeffrey Kahane, who will share insights on Weill's compositions, life, and career. Musicians from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Thornton faculty, and students will join Hope and Kahane in a performance featuring Weill's major chamber works and excerpts from Little Threepenny Music. The ensemble will also perform Gideon Klein's String Trio, which was composed in the Terezin concentration camp shortly before Klein was deported to Auschwitz. This concert is presented as part of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Lift Every Voice project, a three-week event series inspired by the lives and legacies of the courageous émigrés Kurt Weill and Rabbi Joachim Prinz, who were outspoken activists in America's Civil Rights Movement. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

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)

Opera Scenes

The singing actors of the USC Thornton Opera program present an exciting and wide-ranging selection of excerpts from grand opera to operetta.

Music Career Night: Turning Career Failures into Success

USC Thornton Board of Councilors and the Office of Alumni Relations present the sixth annual Music Career Night: Turning Career Failures into Success, moderated by Board of Councilors members, who will lead mid-career music industry professionals in a robust discussion on the importance of pushing past failures to grow and achieve success in your music career.

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.

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: New and Old, Old and New

H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a performance that looks to the past and future in equal measure, featuring an eclectic program that includes Adam Silverman’s Hard Knocks, Wallingford Riegger’s Music for Brass, Op. 45, Carl Reinecke’s Octet, Morton Gould’s “Marches” from West Point Symphony, and Thornton Composition student Ryan Lindveit’s Like an Altar with Nine Thousand Robot Attendants. Program: Adam Silverman – Hard Knocks Wallingford Riegger – Music for Brass, Op. 45 Ryan Lindveit – Like an Altar with Nine Thousand Robot Attendants Carl Reinecke – Octet Morton Gould – “Marches” from West Point Symphony

Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in their popular Video Game Concert, featuring original musical arrangements from some of the most well-known and loved video games.

Faculty Recital with David Howard and Shawn Mouser

Renowned Winds & Percussion faculty members David Howard, clarinet, and Shawn Mouser, bassoon, collaborate in a joint recital featuring the Sextet for Winds by Beethoven and the Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon by Francis Poulenc. Program: Ludwig van Beethoven - Sextet for Winds Francis Poulenc - Sonanta for Clarinet and Bassoon

Classical Guitar Masterclass with David Russell

GRAMMY Award-winner David Russell leads a masterclass with the Classical Guitar department.

Faculty Recital with the Early Music Program

Inspired by the watershed year of 1517, members of the Early Music faculty offer a program of music from before and after the German Reformation, featuring polyphony by Henricus Isaac and Ludwig Senfl, and improvisations on dances from Michael Praetorius' beloved Terpsichore. The recital features faculty members Adam Gilbert (shawm, recorder, bagpipe), Rotem Gilbert (shawm, recorder, bagpipe), Jason Yoshida (guitar, theorbo, percussion), and special guests Adam Bregman (sackbut), and Malachai Bandy (shawm, viola da gamba).

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