Events for Classical Performance

Composition Showcase

The Composition department presents a concert showcasing 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.

Musician's Wellness Initiative: Good Vibrations

Emmy Award-winning composer and faculty member Richard Wolf presents a talk about mindfulness and meditation for musicians.

Music@RushHour: Oriana & Apollo

The talented singers of the Oriana Women’s Choir and the Apollo Men’s Chorus present an hour of exquisite choral music by Puccini, Runestad, and Dr. Nick Strimple. Skip the traffic and enjoy an hour of extraordinary USC Thornton talent with Music@RushHour. After the concert, stick around for free refreshments!

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.

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Made in America

H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a celebration of American composers, featuring faculty member James Walker in David Mairs' American Flute Salute. Other pieces include Morton Gould’s American Salute, Mason Bates’ Mothership, Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, Darius Milhaud’s La création du monde (Creation of the World), and Seep by Thornton student Stephen Cabell, winner of the Student Wind Ensemble Composition Contest. Program: Morton Gould – American Salute Stephen Cabell – Seep (winner of the Student Wind Ensemble Composition Contest) David Mairs - American Flute Salute (featuring James Walker, flute) Mason Bates – Mothership Leonard Bernstein – Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Darius Milhaud – La création du monde (Creation of the World)

The Met in HD: Verdi's “La Traviata”

The USC School of Cinematic Arts hosts a broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera of Verdi's La Traviata. A pre-opera discussion, hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music, begins at 12:00 PM and a delayed satellite broadcast follows at 1:00 PM. Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera's most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Opera running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes. In Italian, with English subtitles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

Music@RushHour: Solo Piano

“One” is the lyrical number when pianists from Thornton explore repertoire for solo piano. Skip the traffic and enjoy an hour of extraordinary USC Thornton talent with Music@RushHour. After the concert, stick around for free refreshments!

Concert Choir: Music of Our Time

The Concert Choir celebrates the music of renowned composers from around the globe with a unique collaboration. In preparation for the performance, each composer featured will interact with the ensemble in person, via Skype, or by recording. The concert features work from USC Thornton faculty members Morten Lauridsen and Frank Ticheli, as well as Nilo Alcala (Philippines), Alberto Grau (Venezuela), Randol Alan Bass (USA), Sarah Hopkins (Australia), Hyo Won Woo (Korea), Eric Whitacre (USA), Leo Brouwer (Cuba), and Robert Applebaum (England).

Apollo Men's Chorus & Oriana Women's Choir: Kaleidoscope

The Oriana Women's Choir and Apollo Men's Chorus present an evening of choral works by composers from a range of historical periods, including compositions by USC Thornton faculty member Nick Strimple. The evening's performance will also include a collaboration between chorus and string quintet, comprised of select players from the Thornton's Strings program.

Classical Guitar Masterclass with Denis Azabagic

International guitarist Denis Azabagic presents a masterclass in classical guitar performance.

Thornton Edge

Donald Crockett leads Thornton Edge, Thornton’s new music group, in a program of modern works for large ensemble.

A Celebration of Boyde Hood

The Winds & Percussion department celebrates trumpeter Boyde Hood’s 30 years of dedication and service to the USC Thornton School of Music with a special tribute concert. The event will include solo and ensemble performances featuring trumpets and brass and highliting compositions by current Thornton students. If you would like to attend the post-concert reception, please RSVP by emailing rsvp@thornton.usc.edu or by calling 213-740-6474.

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