Classical Performance and Composition

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Upcoming events

  • USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

    Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the Thornton Edge in the premiere of Finnish composer Kalevi Aho's Clarinet Concerto in a version for sinfonietta, featuring artist diploma student Yasmina Spiegelberg, and the premiere of Memoryscapes for sinfonietta and electronics by alum and current Thornton lecturer Dan Caputo.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    Talented students from the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works, exploring the wide-ranging chamber music repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Composition Showcase

    The Composition program presents a showcase of new solo, chamber, and vocal works by student composers.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Classical Guitar Masterclass with Paul O’Dette

    Paul O’Dette returns to USC Thornton to lead this annual masterclass for Thornton Classical Guitar students. A GRAMMY Award-winning artist and faculty member of the Eastman School of Music, O'Dette is one of the world’s foremost ambassadors of early music interpretation and practice.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Strings Showcase

    Talented students from the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works, exploring the wide-ranging chamber music repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Opening Gala for Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the Opening Gala of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. The performance includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Strauss's Don Quixote featuring acclaimed cellist Mischa Maisky and distinguished violist and Thornton faculty member Yura Lee. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative. Program Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture Richard Strauss: Don Quixote

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • PICF '20 Mischa Maisky: Reflections on the Challenges and Joys of a Musician's Life

    An intimate forum with an eye to professional development, renowned cellist Mischa Maisky will speak to PICF Fellows and the general public about his career as a solo cellist–that now spans over 50 years–and give advice on how to generate, develop, sustain and enjoy a successful musical career.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Piatigorsky Film Screening & Panel Discussion

    Honoring the Festival’s namesake, a 2018 documentary film by Murray Grigor and Hamid Shams will be screened. A panel comprised of Piatigorsky’s former students (Terry King, Laurence Lesser, Mischa Maisky, Jeffrey Solow, Raphael Wallfisch) and grandson (Evan Drachman) will discuss Piatigorsky’s teaching and enduring musical influence.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Piatigorsky Book Launch

    A previously unpublished novel, “Mr. Blok” by Gregor Piatigorsky, introduced by his son, Joram Piatigorsky.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Recital Gala

    The Recital Gala features festival cellists performing works of Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. A pre-concert talk, presented by American cellist Jeffrey Solow, will begin at 7:30pm. Cellists: Chiara Enderle Samatanga, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Antonio Lysy, Mischa Maisky, Andrew Shulman, Laura van der Heijden, Quirine Viersen, and Raphael Wallfisch. Pianists: Bernadene Blaha, Jujo Pohjonen, and Robert Thies.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • PICF '20 Masterclass with Maria Kliegel

    German cellist Maria Kliegel presents a masterclass. Central to the ethos of the Festival are the masterclasses, in which the artists/teachers work with individual cello students in a public forum. Audience members can observe their teaching and hear some of the best young cellists from around the world.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

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