Classical Performance and Composition

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Upcoming events

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • 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.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    As part of a three-day festival, Lisa Sylvester leads USC Thornton Vocal Arts students and instrumentalists in an evening of vocal chamber works from across the centuries.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Activated Chambers: A Performance Journey Featuring yMusic and Nadia Sirota

    Composers from USC Thornton and choreographers from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance collaborate with acclaimed chamber ensemble yMusic and Nadia Sirota in Activated Chambers, featuring works for stage, screen, and multimedia installation that culminates in the West Coast premiere of professor Andrew Norman’s newest work for yMusic, created specifically for the event and accompanied by original choreography. Equally elegant and unkempt, ordered and disordered, formal and informal, “Activated Chambers” is a fusion of reactive artforms playing on and with each other as a new construction, a new compound—and a new movement. The event will close with a post-show discussion led by Nadia Sirota, yMusic violist and host of the Peabody Award–winning podcast Meet the Composer, along with USC professors Jennifer McQuiston Lott, Dawn Stoppiello, and Rick Schmunk. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center

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