Events for Classical Performance

Music@RushHour: Musical Illustrations

Keyboard Studies students present pianistic depictions of extra-musical themes — Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and two Scriabin sonatas: the Black Mass and the Mysterious Forest. Relax and skip the traffic with a free performance by USC Thornton student musicians. Following the concert, free refreshments will be provided courtesy of USC Graduate Student Government!

Viola Masterclass with Kim Kashkashian

Internationally-renowned violist Kim Kashkashian leads a masterclass with the talented students of the USC Thornton School of Music.

Donuts with the Dean

Grab a free donut and share your questions, ideas, and impressions with Robert Cutietta, Dean of USC Thornton, in this informal feedback session.

USC Thornton Chamber Singers & Concert Choir: Soundscapes

The USC Thornton Concert Choir celebrates the life of prolific Cuban composer Electo Silva, while the Chamber Singers team with USC's Polish Music Center to present works by composers Roxanna Panufnik and Paweł Lukaszewski, among others. In the first half of the program, the Concert Choir will showcase works by Silva, along with composers from Venezuela, Brazil, and Cuba. The Chamber Singers round out the concert with works by Panufnik, Lukaszewski, Craig Hella Johnson, and Morten Lauridsen, in association with the USC Polish Music Center.

The Met in HD: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

The USC School of Cinematic Arts presents a delayed satellite broadcast from the Met as Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’s production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek performs as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as the fairy-tale prince Tamino, Markus Werba as the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher, and René Pape as Sarastro. Ken Cazan, chair of vocal arts and opera/resident stage director at the USC Thornton School of Music presents a pre-opera discussion. Opera running time: 3 hours, 9 minutes. In German, with English subtitles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Sketches of Miles: A Workshop-Performance

The classical and jazz worlds meet when violinist Etienne Gara, pianist Patrice Rushen, bassist Edwin Livingston, and drummer/percussionist Ian Wurfl revisit pieces from Bach to Miles Davis, along with Bartok, Ravel, Debussy, Gershwin and Zawinul. Following the workshop-performance, USC Thornton dean Robert Cutietta and USC Dornsife neuroscience professor Antonio Damasio lead the musicians in a panel discussion about their process.

Thomas Hooten Faculty Recital

Thomas Hooten, USC Thornton faculty member and principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, presents an intimate evening of classical works.

Music@RushHour: Strings Chamber Music

Strings students present a program featuring excerpts of Schubert’s Cello Quintet, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor, and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet for string quartet and clarinet. Skip the traffic and enjoy a free concert of music by USC Thornton students. A free reception follows the performance.

Vocal Forum with Nate Bachhuber

Nate Bachhuber, the LA Phil's Artistic Administrator for Artistic Planning, takes Thornton Vocal Arts majors through a mock audition, teaching them the in's and out's of a successful audition experience.

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: A Night of Firsts

H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a performance that features the premieres of Frank Ticheli’s Silver Lining Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble with soloist James Walker, and Boyde Hood’s fanfare, Autunno Toscana. Jean Francaix’s Sept Danses, Eugene Zador’s Suite for Brass, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s Music for Winds round out an extraordinary concert.

Apollo Men's Chorus & Oriana Women's Choir: Listen!

The USC Thornton Oriana Women’s Choir and Apollo Men’s Chorus call for the audience to “Listen!,” in a wide-ranging program featuring the music of Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Paul Rardin, David Dickau, and more.

CollabFest@USC: Keyboard Collaborative Arts

In the culminating event for CollabFest@USC, a day-long symposium of masterclasses and colloquia presented by the Keyboard Studies department, alumni and guest artists will perform classics from the vocal and instrumental music repertoire, including a world premiere by Alan L. Smith. Performers include pianists Joel Clifft, Mitsuko Morikawa, Elvia Puccinelli, and Lisa Sylvester along with guest artists including soprano Kathleen Roland, violinist Alex Russell, and flutist James Walker. PROGRAM: Strauss Lieder - Elvia Puccinelli, piano, Molly Fillmore, sopranoOlivier Messiaen - Thėme and Variations - Joel Clifft, piano, Alex Russell, violinAlan Smith - And With Such Boldness - Lisa Sylvester, piano, Kathleen Roland, soprano, Alex Russel, violin *World PremiereMike Mower - Deviations on the Carnival of Venice - Mitsuko Morikawa, piano, James Walker, fluteFor more information about the day-long CollabFest@USC conference event, click here.

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