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  • Classical Guitar Masterclass with Pepe Romero

    Classical guitar master and Thornton faculty member Pepe Romero offers an up-close glimpse into his renowned artistry in three masterclasses. Romero is the second son of "The Royal Family of the Guitar." His contributions to the field of classical guitar have inspired a number of distinguished composers to write works specifically for him, including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Rev. Francisco de Madina, Lorenzo Palomo, and Celedonio Romero. Monday, November 12, 7:00 PM - Joyce J. Cammillieri Hall Tuesday, November 13, 12:00 PM - Ramo Recital Hall Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 PM - Joyce J. Cammillieri Hall

    USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

  • Jazz Night: CreSCendo & ALAJE

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble, teams with the CreSCendo vocal jazz ensemble for an unforgettable evening of standards and contemporary jazz.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Classical Guitar Masterclass with Pepe Romero

    Classical guitar master and Thornton faculty member Pepe Romero offers an up-close glimpse into his renowned artistry in three masterclasses. Romero is the second son of "The Royal Family of the Guitar." His contributions to the field of classical guitar have inspired a number of distinguished composers to write works specifically for him, including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Rev. Francisco de Madina, Lorenzo Palomo, and Celedonio Romero. Monday, November 12, 7:00 PM - Joyce J. Cammillieri Hall Tuesday, November 13, 12:00 PM - Ramo Recital Hall Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 PM - Joyce J. Cammillieri Hall

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Thornton Edge

    The USC Thornton Edge, the new music group led by Donald Crockett, presents a program of recent music from the United States, including Lightenings by Thornton alumna Elizabeth Ogonek, and music for large ensemble by David Dzubay.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Music@RushHour: Lisztomania Part III

    USC Thornton's renowned Keyboard Studies department presents their third and final concert celebrating the virtuosic music of Franz Liszt. Relax and skip the traffic each Wednesday afternoon with a free performance by USC Thornton students. Stick around and meet the musicians at a reception following the concert!

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Strings Showcase: Studio Showcase

    Students of USC Thornton's myriad Strings studios showcase their talents in performance.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents “Le Rossignol” & “L'Enfant et les Sortilèges”

    The USC Thornton Opera program and USC Thornton Symphony present a rare French double bill featuring iconic one-act operas, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Le Rossignol, with music by Igor Stravinsky and libretto by Stravinsky and Stepan Mitussov, is based on a story by Hans Christian Anderson and speaks to a spoiled ruler’s lack of control over nature and death. L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, composed by Maurice Ravel with libretto by the incomparable Colette, is the story of the consequences for a child who, in anger, destroys his nursery room, harming the animals around him. The child and the emperor both learn to find solace in nature and harmony in the worlds they inhabit. Performed in French with English subtitles. A pre-performance discussion on Friday, Nov. 16 is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8PM Friday, Nov. 16 at 8PM Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2PM

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Americana Ensemble

    Steve Trovato leads the Americana Ensemble in a celebration of many of the genre's most memorable songs, from The American Song Book, the Carter Sisters, Patsy Cline, Beyoncé, and the Dixie Chicks.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Popular Music: Latin Pop Showcase

    Popular Music students perform in a variety of exciting Latin musical styles.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • USC Collegium Workshop: Song & Dance of Early Modern England

    Adam Knight Gilbert leads the USC Collegium Workshop in a concert featuring the earliest known English songs, along with 15th-century carols and love songs, and lute songs of the Tudor era, performed with voices, harp, lute, viols, and winds. This program will also be presented at Holy Family Church in Glendale on Sunday, November 18th at 7:30PM. Co-produced with the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

    USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

  • USC Collegium Workshop: Song & Dance of Early Modern England

    Adam Knight Gilbert leads the USC Collegium Workshop in a concert featuring the earliest known English songs, along with 15th-century carols and love songs, and lute songs of the Tudor era, performed with voices, harp, lute, viols, and winds. Holy Family Catholic Church is located at 209 E. Lomita Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205 × This program will also be presented on the USC Thornton campus, Saturday, November 17th at 7:30PM.

    Holy Family Catholic Church

  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a three-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

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    Deutsche Grammophon releases Morten Lauridsen’s “Light Eternal”

    November 9, 2018

    Deutsche Grammophon’s “Light Eternal; The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen” was released today. The new CD of Morten Lauridsen’s choral music was performed by The Chamber Choir of Europe and I Virtuosi Italiani conducted by Nicol Matt. Lauridsen spent a week in Kufstein, Austria last year to record with the… read more

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