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Upcoming events

  • Percussion Masterclass with David Moliner Andrés

    Percussion soloist David Moliner Andrés presents a masterclass and recital. The native of Spain, who is also a multi-faceted artist and composer, has performed recitals across Europe with acclaimed musicians in several of the continent’s most iconic concert halls. He describes the style of his compositions as the exploitation of drama. Andrés is professor of Dramatic Art applied to the soloist performance at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska of Madrid and professor of composition at Centro Superior Progreso Musical Madrid.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Jazz Forum with Bennie Maupin

    Iconic clarinetist Bennie Maupin leads USC Thornton students in a Jazz forum. Location: The Music Complex G128

    The Music Complex (TMC)

  • Composition Department Recital with HOCKET

    HOCKET, the new music piano duo featuring alumni Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, presents two works by USC Thornton Composition faculty written for them, including new faculty member Nina Young’s Tête-À-Tête, and a world premiere of Sean Friar’s Come Again. Special guests include Hitomi Oba on tenor saxophone and Derek Tywoniuk on percussion. The recital also features works by Cerrone, Gibson, Oba, and Tywoniuk. PROGRAM: Derek Tywoniuk: like (Write it!) like disaster for percussion, piano, and toy piano Hitomi Oba: taste, inaugurate! for piano four-hands and tenor saxophone Sean Friar: Come again for two pianos Sarah Gibson: our eyes once watered for piano four-hands Nina Young: tete a tete for two toy pianos and electronics Christopher Cerrone: Arching Path for two pianos

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Dvořák's New World Symphony

    Resident conductor Sharon Lavery leads the USC Thornton Symphony in an all-Dvořák program featuring the Carnival Overture and New World Symphony. Written in 1893 by Dvořák while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America, New World Symphony earned its place in history when a recording of the piece was taken to the moon on the Appollo 11 mission.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Jazz Night featuring the Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, headlines this ongoing showcase of contemporary jazz at Carson Center.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Violin Masterclass with Joseph Lin

    Joseph Lin, distinguished violinist and former leader of the Julliard String Quartet, leads a masterclass in violin and chamber music. Lin was named a Presidential Scholar in 1996 and was the youngest musician to receive the Pro Musicis International award in 1999.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and Ricky Peterson

    The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra shines with special guest Ricky Peterson on organ and vocals. A longtime collaborator with artists such as Dave Sanborn and Prince, Peterson is currently touring with Fleetwood Mac.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • USC Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Edge new music group in a program that features Thornton composer and violinist Nicholas Bentz in Giacinto Scelsi's Anahit for violin and 18 instruments, and Karen Tanaka's Water and Stone.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Showcase

    Students from across the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a diverse program that features a celebration of the 25th-anniversary of Blue Shades by Composition faculty member Frank Ticheli. The evening also includes Zhou Tian's Seeker's Scherzo, Bach's My Soul Longeth to Depart in Peace and Little Fugue, Holst's Suite No. 1, and Schönberg's Theme and Variation. PROGRAM: Zhou Tian – Seeker’s Scherzo J. S. Bach – My Soul Longeth to Depart in Peace and Little Fugue in G Minor Gustav Holst – Suite No. 1 in Eb Arnold Schönberg – Theme and Variation, Op. 43a Frank Ticheli – Blue Shades, 25th Anniversary Edition

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Baroque Sinfonia: Musical Treasures of the Polish Baroque

    Rotem Gilbert and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia present Musica Polonica III: Musical Treasures of the Polish Baroque, Polish masterworks of the Baroque era.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

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