Contemporary Music

event calendar

Upcoming events

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  • USC Thornton Symphony: Mahler's First

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a work that forever shifted the musical landscape—Gustav Mahler's iconic First Symphony.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Prokofiev & Bernstein

    Resident conductor Sharon Lavery leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a rousing program featuring Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, as well as selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Suites 1 & 2. PROGRAM: Bernstein - Slava! (A Political Overture) Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet: Selections from Suites 1 & 2

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • “Fit as a Fiddle” Wellness Workshop with Pamela Frank & Howard Nelson

    Renowned violinist Pamela Frank and physical therapist Howard Nelson present a program exploring the relationship between physical and mechanical awareness and pain-free performance. The long-time collaborators begin a one-year appointment to the USC Thornton Strings faculty in the fall of 2018. This event will take place on the lower level of The Music Complex (TMC) in Room G156.

    The Music Complex (TMC)

  • Jazz Night: Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, headlines this ongoing showcase of contemporary jazz at Carson Center.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Strings Showcase: Open Performance Evening

    Students of Thornton's Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Violin Masterclass with Cho-Liang Lin

    Esteemed Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin, in a welcome return visit to USC, presents a masterclass for students of the USC Thornton Strings program.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Faculty Recital with Rod Gilfry

    Rod Gilfry, a member of the USC Thornton faculty and a celebrated operatic baritone, revels in contemporary vocal works from Bernstein to Aucoin, exploring a bit of jazz along the way. Joined by Thornton student and alumni musicians, Gilfry will perform excerpts from Matthew Aucoin's opera, Crossing, jazz arrangements of songs by Fauré and Debussy, songs of Leonard Bernstein, and selections from the Great American Songbook. Guest performers include pianist Peter Walsh (BM ’07, MM ’09, DMA ’14), jazz bassist Max Kraus (MM ’18), and senior jazz drummer Suraj Parthasarathy.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra

    The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, led by music director Bob Mintzer, presents an evening of standards and original compositions as part of an ongoing series of contemporary jazz.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Edge new music group in a program of colorful and evocative music from Europe, including Derives 1 by Pierre Boulez, Lied in Fall by Hans Abrahamsen, and The Bagpiper's String Trio by Judith Weir.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Showcase: PPP+: Paganini, Popper, Piatti, and More

    Strings students perform virtuosic solo works, including Paganini caprices, Ernst caprices, Popper etudes, Piatti caprices, and other showpieces. Students showcase their talents in a friendly and social environment, followed by a reception.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Old & New

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a radiant journey from the 19th century through today, featuring music by Dvořák, Mahler, Stravinsky, Joan Tower, and Thornton alumnus Zhou Tian. PROGRAM Joan Tower – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 2 Igor Stravinsky – Octet Gustav Mahler – Um Mitternacht Antonin Dvorak – Serenade, op. 44 Zhou Tian – Petals of Fire

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia: Fiori musicali

    Rotem Gilbert and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia explore the musical flowers of 17th century Italy, featuring vocal works by Chiara Margherita Cozzolani, Barbara Strozzi, and Giovanni Legrenzi, along with virtuosic instrumental fireworks. This event is co-produced with the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

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    Jessi Mason receives ASCAP’s Molly Hymen Scholarship

    August 6, 2018

    Jessi Mason, a senior in USC Thornton’s Popular Music program, is the recipient of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Molly Hymen Music Scholarship. The annual scholarship benefits an outstanding undergraduate of the school’s Division of Contemporary Music who is also undertaking Music Industry classes. Mason recently released her second EP, Night… read more

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