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  • USC Collegium Workshop: Lutes Songs of Early-Modern England

    The USC Collegium Workshop presents Flow of My Tears: Lutes Songs of Early-Modern England, a concert featuring songs, madrigals and dances from the Golden Age of English lute song.

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

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    Jason Goldman leads the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra in a performance of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. The evening also includes student ensembles led by faculty members Kathleen Grace and Edwin Livingston. The Nutcracker Suite was released by famed bandleader Duke Ellington in 1960, a jazz interpretation in nine movements of "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

    Ramo Hall (RHM)

  • 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.

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

  • Shanghai Jazz: A Culture Mix

    USC Thornton School of Music professor Ron McCurdy celebrates the 1935 collaboration of celebrated Chinese musician Li Jinhui and jazz musician Buck Clayton with a unique blend of American jazz and Chinese traditional music. In 1935, Los Angeles–based musician Buck Clayton formed a jazz band called Harlem Gentlemen to perform in Shanghai. Li Jinhui, who is considered the father of Chinese popular music, had been performing in the “Paris of the East” for years when Clayton and his colleagues arrived. Clayton and Li eventually worked together to form a new and unique blend of American jazz and Chinese traditional music. This boundary-breaking performance will celebrate Li Jinhui and Buck Clayton’s collaboration. USC Thornton professor Ron McCurdy and alum Gary Shields have reimagined and orchestrated three suites of Li Jinhui’s folk songs. Blending three cultures—Western art music (classical), American jazz, and traditional Chinese music—the concert will feature the Ron McCurdy Quintet, Feng Bian on piano, and Min Xiao Fen on pipa, a traditional Chinese string instrument. The performance will also include historical video footage reflecting the artists, iconic buildings, and culture of Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Edge new music group in a program surveying colorful and virtuosic new music from northern Europe, focusing on works from Norway and Finland. Also featured, is the premiere of a new work for sinfonietta by recent Thornton DMA graduate Georgi Dimitrov.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Music at Rush Hour: Superaxe Guitar Ensemble

    Made up of Studio Guitar, Jazz Studies and Popular Music performance majors, the award-winning ensemble Superaxe performs music from Brad Paisley, D'Angelo and more.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    Outstanding representatives from selected studios within the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    The USC Thornton Opera, in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The opera, which premiered in 1960 and is set to a libretto adapted by Britten and his partner Peter Pears from Shakespeare’s play, is a fantasy about how myth affects the lives of mortal beings. In a production that is updated to current day, Shakespeare's lovers and fairies roam the dark streets and hidden alleys of the Downtown Los Angeles Garment District. Oberon and Titania the King and Queen of the Fairies are at war and the earth has turned barren. Will the struggles of four young lovers lost in the woods bring Titania and Oberon together again, reinvigorating the natural order of life? Britten’s masterful music weaves a dream-like atmosphere, heightening the fantastical elements of what is perhaps The Bard’s bawdiest play and one of the most successful adaptations of Shakespeare in the operatic canon. A pre-performance discussion on Friday, Nov. 22nd, 7pm is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • Jazz Night

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

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night featuring ALAJE and CreSCendo

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, and CreSCendo, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble led by Sara Gazarek, headline this ongoing series of contemporary jazz.

    Carson Center (CTV)

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    Amir Kelly and Ayoni Thompson named among Best Young Music Artists of 2019

    November 16, 2019

    Two USC Thornton Popular Music students, Amir Kelly and Ayoni Thompson, were recently named to PopSugar Magazine’s list of Best Young Music Artists 2019. The list highlights talented up-and-coming artists who are soon to make waves in pop music. Senior Amir Kelly creates music he describes as “Blindian Pop,” a… read more

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