Classical Performance and Composition

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Upcoming events

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  • Cello Masterclass & Performance with Colin Carr

    British cellist Colin Carr, renowned soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, performs two Bach Suites and mentors aspiring young artists on the fine points of this great canon of works.

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

  • Music@RushHour: The Music of Isaac Albéniz

    Thornton DMA candidates Isaac Friedhoff, piano, and Jaxon Williams, classical guitar, team up to present a program celebrating Spanish pianist and composer Isaac Albéniz. Enjoy Albéniz’ music on the instrument it was written for and also the instrument it’s most often played on. The program will feature selections from his Suite Iberia and Suite Española. Relax and skip the traffic with a free concert of music by USC Thornton students, followed by complimentary refreshments.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Polish Music Spring: Młoda Polska (Young Poland)

    As part of Poland's 2018 Centennial Celebration, the Polish Music Center presents a spring concert of music by composers of the Młoda Polska (Young Poland) generation, whose works are typified by the modernist and neo-romantic aesthetic of pre-war occupied Poland. Composers on the program will include such luminaries as Noskowski, Paderewski, Stojowski, Szymanowski, Zarębski and Żeleński. The performers—violinist Maria Sławek and pianists Grzegorz Mania and Piotr Różański—are members of the Polish Society of Chamber Musicians, an active group of excellent young musicians who perform and educate around the world.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Electro-Acoustic Showcase

    The Composition department presents the annual electro-acoustic showcase, led by DMA student Eric Pham, featuring works by student composers that combine electronic instruments and signal processing with acoustic instruments.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    Jason Goldman leads the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra in an evening of standards and original compositions featuring special guest alumni Alex Hahn, Jon Hatamiya, Corbin Jones, and Aaron Reihs from Thornton's jazz programs.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Popular Music: Senior Showcase

    Catch the rising stars of USC Thornton’s Popular Music program as the senior class performs at L.A.’s legendary El Rey Theatre. After years at the storied Troubadour in West Hollywood, the popularity of the annual event required a move across town to a larger venue. More than just a culmination of four years of hard work, the Senior Showcase is an opportunity for the entire community to celebrate these extraordinary young artists as they embark on professional music careers. All Ages A free RSVP is required for this event:

    El Rey Theatre • 5515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

  • Faculty Recital with Chris Rozé

    Composition faculty member Chris Rozé presents an evening of original work performed by Thornton students, past and present. The recital will feature a program of Rozé’s music that includes three songs on poems of e.e. cummings with current student, soprano Lucie Shelley, Changing Light commissioned by faculty member, Kristy Morrell, and other works.

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

  • Music@RushHour: Brass Spectacular

    Student ensembles from Thornton's extraordinary brass programs showcase their skills in a wide-ranging program. Relax and skip the traffic with a free concert of music by USC Thornton students, followed by complimentary refreshments.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Strings: Chamber Music Showcase

    Select chamber music ensembles from the Strings program perform movements from classic repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Bach Solo Competition Finals

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

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

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    Veronika Krausas receives Opera America grant

    March 20, 2018

    Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Veronika Krausas was recently awarded an Opera America Discovery Grant for her Ghost Opera project. Eight female composers received grants of up to $15,000 to help advance and promote their works-in-development. Previous recipients include faculty member Laura Karpman and DMA candidate Julia Adolphe (MM… read more

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