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The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival returns on March 13-22, 2020.

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2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

We have an exciting semester of events planned in Spring 2019.

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  • Music at Rush Hour: Santa Ana Winds

    Join two of Thornton’s premiere chamber ensembles, The Santa Ana Winds and Two Button Brass, for a diverse program of music from the past and present. Hear a sampling of repertoire highlighting wind and brass instruments and stick around for the combined finale!

    Ramo Hall (RHM)

  • Polish Music concert featuring guests from the Music Academy in Łódź, Poland

    The Polish Music Center celebrates the 2019 anniversaries of Polish composers Grażyna Bacewicz and Roman Ryterband with a performance featuring distinguished members from the Music Academy in Łódź, Poland and students from USC Thornton. Academy Dean Tomasz Król and Contemporary Music department head, Maciej Staszewski, lead one of Poland’s most respected music academies while also being highly regarded as a violinist and a guitarist and composer, respectively.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Intermedia

    The Composition department presents the annual electro-acoustic showcase, led by DMA student Eric Pham. Composers and choreographers, from within the USC community and afar, have come together to form collaborative groups. Each group has created a piece that represents its explorations in intermedia relationships, electro-acoustic hybridity, and innovative uses of performance spaces. "Intermedia" will showcase the results of these explorations.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Jazz Night: Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, led by Jason Goldman, headlines this ongoing showcase of contemporary jazz with an evening of standards from the American songbook.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Music at Rush Hour: Haydn’s Piano Works

    Thornton’s Keyboard Department presents a dynamic program of piano music from composers of the modern era.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    USC Thornton’s Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Solo Bach Competition

    A panel of three eminent adjudicators will listen to selected Strings student finalists performing complete sonatas, partitas, and suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a musically rich program including Angels in the Architecture by professor Frank Ticheli and Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto featuring soloist Kevin Fitz-Gerald, professor of Keyboard Studies. Other works include Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas, Serenade by Emil Hartmann, and Hammersmith by Gustav Holst.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and the Yellowjackets

    The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra is joined by celebrated jazz quartet the Yellowjackets in a concert welcoming drummer Will Kennedy to the USC Thornton faculty.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Headspace: Featuring the USC Thornton Percussion Group

    Headspace will explore meditation, music, sound, and mindfulness. The event includes short pop-up performances around campus of a musical walking meditation by USC Thornton composer Veronika Krausas, a concert of meditative music by the USC Thornton Percussion Group led by Joseph Pereira, group meditation, discussions, and more. The USC Thornton Percussion Group will perform two rarely-heard works, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s into-Second Self, during which musicians will surround the audience, and Iannis Xenakis’ Pleiades, which features instruments specifically built for the piece. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative. ADMISSION: Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, February 26, at 9 a.m. USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP USC Alumni: RSVP General Public: RSVP

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Music at Rush Hour: Trojan Brass

    Trojan Brass returns to RushHour for a program full of an exciting variety of works for brass.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Violin Masterclass with Midori Goto

    Violinist Midori Goto, who was recently named a Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC, will present a violin masterclass for Thornton String students.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

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    Adan Fernandez presents on Music Education and Latino Youth in America

    March 20, 2019

    Adan Fernandez, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, presented at the 2019 California All-State Music Education Conference this February. In his presentation, “Music Education and Latino Youth in America,” Fernandez discusses how best to engage Latinos in a choir setting. “I don’t have a… read more

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