Contemporary Music

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Upcoming events

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  • Strings Showcase

    Outstanding students of Thornton’s Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Studio Guitar Showcase

    Thornton’s Studio Guitar program presents its guitar ensembles in an annual showcase.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Drum Day

    The USC Thornton Community Engagement Program celebrates the diversity and universality of the percussion family of musical instruments. The day-long event will offer clinics, demonstrations, and participatory drumming sessions in a variety of different styles and traditions.

    Ramo Hall (RHM)

  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir: Desenclos Requiem and Other Works for Choir and Organ

    The USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir are joined by organist Weicheng Zhao, director of music at All Saints Episcopal Church, in a performance featuring the seldom heard Messe de Requiem by 20th Century French composer, Alfred Desenclos, and works for organ and choir by Maurice Durufle, Jonathan Dove, Marcel Dupre and Ēriks Ešenvalds.

    All Saints Episcopal Church

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    The USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra headlines an evening of contemporary jazz with Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, a concert of Duke Ellington's music featuring his famous song, "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue."

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Thornton Edge

    HOCKET (Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff) return to the USC Thornton Edge as an ensemble in residence for the Spring 2019 semester with a concert featuring Andy Akiho's Karakurenai.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Music at Rush Hour: Harp Masterworks

    Harpists Caroline Wilkins and Seika Dong from the studio of Professor JoAnn Turovsky present an enthralling and varied program of music for harp, including the music of Paradisi, Faure, Renie and more!

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

    Patrice Rushen and Andy Abad lead first-year Popular Music students in an exploration of the foundations of their craft.

    Tommy's Place (TCC)

  • Baroque Sinfonia: East Meets West

    Adam Gilbert leads the Baroque Sinfonia in a concert featuring music from Austria, Poland, and Armenia featuring students from Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Armenia.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

    Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Composition Showcase

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

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Flamenco Guitar Showcase

    USC Thornton’s Studio Guitar program presents an evening of flamenco guitar music

    The Songwriter’s Theater

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    MUNA featured on B-sides and badlands

    February 21, 2019

    MUNA, the hit band formed by USC Thornton Popular Music alumnae Katie Gavin ’15, Joesette Maskin ’16 and Naomi McPherson ’15 is featured on B-sides and Badlands’ Hook & Reel, a series showcasing music. They praise MUNA’s debut album, “About U” as still being a “queer-pop masterpiece” even two years… read more

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