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  • Concerto Competition Finals: Keyboard Studies

    Selected student finalists from the Keyboard Studies department perform before a panel of guest adjudicators in this popular competition finale.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Baroque Sinfonia: Strike the Viol, Touch the Lute: Music of Restoration England

    The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia performs music from the bawdy to the sublime—pleasant ditties, grand anthems, and dancing tunes—in an engaging concert featuring viols, voices, and sundry instruments. The return of Charles II and the monarchy brought a resurgence of pomp, pageantry and the salacious to Restoration England, which is expressed in music by Jenkins, Locke, Lawes, Humfrey, and Purcell. The program will feature special guest performer Jalli Lamin Kuyateh, Gambian griot and kora player. Seating is first-come, first-served, and RSVPs are not available.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

    Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Chamber Singers: Prayers and Intercessions

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers present a program of "Prayers and Intercessions" including Debussy's Trois Chansons and Christina Whitten Thomas' Choral de Betes. The concert features the American premiere of Johann Naumann's Psalm 149, which marks the culmination of a scholarly and artistic collaboration between the Choral & Sacred Music Department, the USC Music Library and its director, Andrew Justice, and the Moravian Archives in Herrnhut, Germany.

    St. John's Episcopal Cathedral

  • Popular Music: Third-Year Showcase

    Third-year Popular Music students present original music written, arranged, and performed under the direction of professors Patrice Rushen and Richard Smith.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Concerto Competition Finals: Strings

    Always a popular event, this competition performance brings selected student finalists from the Strings department before a panel of guest adjudicators.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Symphony

    Carl St.Clair and the USC Thornton Symphony begin the fall semester with an evocative concert of masterworks and less-familiar gems.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    Music director Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in an evening of big band standards and original compositions.

    Carson Center (CTV)

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    NYTimes explores USC’s commitment to community engagement

    April 28, 2017

    Each year, over 70 USC Thornton students and 6,000 Los Angeles-area children participate in our Community Engagement programs. We’re so proud that USC is featured in this New York Times opinion piece on how universities can help kids from disadvantaged circumstances follow their college dreams. Funded in part by the… read more

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