Classical Performance and Composition

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Upcoming events

  • Percussion Masterclass with David Moliner Andrés

    Percussion soloist David Moliner Andrés presents a masterclass and recital. The native of Spain, who is also a multi-faceted artist and composer, has performed recitals across Europe with acclaimed musicians in several of the continent’s most iconic concert halls. He describes the style of his compositions as the exploitation of drama. Andrés is professor of Dramatic Art applied to the soloist performance at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska of Madrid and professor of composition at Centro Superior Progreso Musical Madrid.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Composition Department Recital with HOCKET

    HOCKET, the new music piano duo featuring alumni Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, presents two works by USC Thornton Composition faculty written for them, including new faculty member Nina Young’s Tête-À-Tête, and a world premiere of Sean Friar’s Come Again. Special guests include Hitomi Oba on tenor saxophone and Derek Tywoniuk on percussion. The recital also features works by Cerrone, Gibson, Oba, and Tywoniuk. PROGRAM: Derek Tywoniuk: like (Write it!) like disaster for percussion, piano, and toy piano Hitomi Oba: taste, inaugurate! for piano four-hands and tenor saxophone Sean Friar: Come again for two pianos Sarah Gibson: our eyes once watered for piano four-hands Nina Young: tete a tete for two toy pianos and electronics Christopher Cerrone: Arching Path for two pianos

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Music at Rush Hour: Guitar Evening

    In the first concert of the season for Music at Rush Hour, classical guitar students of professors William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant present works from Sergio Assad, Johann Sebastian Bach, Paco de Lucia, Joaquin Rodrigo, and more. Featuring USC Thornton student guitarists Eddie Martinez, Nolan Juaire, and Frank Wendelin. Program: J.S. Bach: Keyboard Partita, No. 6 Sarabande Corrente Sergio Assad: Aquarelle II. Valseana Paco de Lucia: Calle Municion Jorge Morel: Barcarole J.S. Bach: Lute Suite, BWV 996 Bouree Roland Dyens: Libra Sonatine I. India Joaquin Rodrigo: Pájaros de Primavera Édith Piaf and Marguerite Monnot (arr. Roland Dyens): Hymne à l'amour Leo Brouwer: Variaciones sobre un tema de Django Reinhardt Free refreshments will be provided courtesy of USC Graduate Student Government following the concert.

    Ramo Hall (RHM)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Dvořák's New World Symphony

    Resident conductor Sharon Lavery leads the USC Thornton Symphony in an all-Dvořák program featuring the Carnival Overture and New World Symphony. Written in 1893 by Dvořák while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America, New World Symphony earned its place in history when a recording of the piece was taken to the moon on the Appollo 11 mission.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Violin Masterclass with Joseph Lin

    Joseph Lin, distinguished violinist and former leader of the Julliard String Quartet, leads a masterclass in violin and chamber music. Lin was named a Presidential Scholar in 1996 and was the youngest musician to receive the Pro Musicis International award in 1999.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Edge new music group in a program that features Thornton composer and violinist Nicholas Bentz in Giacinto Scelsi's Anahit for violin and 18 instruments, and Karen Tanaka's Water and Stone.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Showcase

    Students from across the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a diverse program that features a celebration of the 25th-anniversary of Blue Shades by Composition faculty member Frank Ticheli. The evening also includes Zhou Tian's Seeker's Scherzo, Bach's My Soul Longeth to Depart in Peace and Little Fugue, Holst's Suite No. 1, and Schoenberg's Theme and Variations. PROGRAM: Zhou Tian – Seeker’s Scherzo J. S. Bach – My Soul Longeth to Depart in Peace and Little Fugue in G Minor Gustav Holst – Suite No. 1 in Eb Arnold Schoenberg – Theme and Variations, Op. 43a Frank Ticheli – Blue Shades, 25th Anniversary Edition

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Faculty Recital with Antoinette Perry

    Keyboard Studies faculty member Antoinette Perry presents "Love and Ecstasy," a solo piano recital featuring music from Debussy, Messiaen, Copland and Schumann. The evening features three Debussy preludes, two pieces from Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus, Copland's Piano Variations, and Schumann's Fantasy in C major. PROGRAM: Debussy – Three Preludes "La puerta del Vino" "La fille aux cheveux de lin" "General Lavine---eccentric" Messiaen – Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus XIII. Noël XI. Première communion de la Vierge Copland – Piano Variations Schumann – Fantasy in C major

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Concerto Night

    Guest conductor Murry Sidlin leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the annual Concerto Night, showcasing three outstanding student soloists. Clarinetist Max Opferkuch, cellist Allan Hon, and pianist Ji-Yoon Lee will perform Mozart, Korngold and Shostakovich, respectively. PROGRAM: Mozart - Clarinet Concerto, Max Opferkuch Korngold - Cello Concerto, Allan Hon Shostakovich - Piano Concerto, No. 1, Ji-Yoon Lee

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Choral Conducting Masterclass with Jerry Blackstone

    GRAMMY award-winning choral conductor Jerry Blackstone presents a masterclass for choral conducting students. A highly respected conducting pedagogue, Blackstone is an emeritus professor at the University of Michigan where he led the graduate program in choral conducting and oversaw the University’s eleven choral ensembles as director of choirs for thirty years.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Scott St. John

    Violinist Scott St. John leads a masterclass on chamber music for students of the Strings program. A Juno award-recipient, St. John is the Concertmaster of the ROCO Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas and founder of the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award at the Canadian Music Centre. He is director of chamber music at The Colburn School.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

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    Argus Quartet joins residency program at Yellow Barn

    September 19, 2019

    The Argus Quartet has been invited to participate in a week-long residency program this September at Yellow Barn, an international center for chamber music, encouraging the discovery of music in the studio, classroom and concert hall. The quartet was founded by alum Clara Kim (DM ’15) with classmates from USC.… read more

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