Strings

Overview

The USC Thornton Strings department is a nationally distinguished top-tier program. Its eminent artist-teachers are distinguished in both individual instruction and coaching for chamber music. Exceptional standards of professionalism in performance and teaching have been upheld for more than a century by a faculty that has included Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose.

Strings students will have the opportunity to participate in the varied, professional-level performance groups on campus, including the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and many prize-winning chamber ensembles.

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  • USC Thornton Symphony: Revolutionary Dance

    Conductor Sharon Lavery and the USC Thornton Symphony present Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No.2 and Stravinsky's legendary The Rite of Spring. Revolutionary scores for two icons of modern dance remain as fresh today as at their premiere. PROGRAM: Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No.2 Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • 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)

  • Vive La France: A Collaborative Chamber Music Recital

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads faculty and students of the Division of Classical Performance and Composition in a program of French chamber music, featuring the Poulenc Trio, Saint-Saens Septet, and Franck Piano Quintet. Faculty performers include Bernadene Blaha, Glenn Dicterow, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Ben Hong, Thomas Hooten, Bing Wang, and Michele Zukovsky. They will be joined by Thornton students Lieza Hansen, Coleman Itkoff, Mann-Wen Lo, Sam Shukan, Justin Woo, and more.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Open Performance Evening

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

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Ian Swensen

    Ian Swensen, currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, leads a chamber music masterclass with outstanding Thornton students.

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

  • Strings Showcase

    USC Thornton's extraordinary Strings students showcase their talents in solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Concerto Night

    Guest conductor Uriel Segal leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the annual Concerto Night, showcasing outstanding student soloists. Erik Abramovitz performs Copland's Clarinet Concerto, cellist Benjamin Lash performs Haydn's Violoncello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1, and pianist Soyeon An performs Brahms' Piano Concerto in D minor, No.1, Op.15. Program: Aaron Copland – Clarinet Concerto, ft. Erik Abramovitz Franz Joseph Haydn – Violoncello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1, ft. Benjamin Lash Johannes Brahms – PIano Concerto in D minor, No.1, Op.15, ft. Soyeon An

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Viola Masterclass with Kim Kashkashian

    Internationally-renowned violist Kim Kashkashian leads a masterclass with the talented students of the USC Thornton School of Music.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • CollabFest@USC: Keyboard Collaborative Arts

    In the culminating event for CollabFest@USC, a day-long symposium of masterclasses and colloquium presented by the Keyboard Studies department, alumni and guest artists will perform classics from the vocal and instrumental music repertoire, including a world premiere by Alan L. Smith. Alumni performers include pianists Joel Clifft, Mitsuko Morikawa, Elvia Puccinelli, and Lisa Sylvester along with guest artists including soprano Kathleen Roland, violinist Alex Russell, and flutist James Walker.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • LACO Mock Orchestral Auditions

    The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO)-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program presents the Mock Orchestral Audition, providing students with the hands-on experience of a professional orchestra audition. True to the professional process, selected USC Thornton Strings students will play orchestral excerpts behind a screen for a panel of adjudicators. At the conclusion of the audition, a special award may be given to an exceptional student at the discretion of the judges, giving them an opportunity to be mentored by a LACO principal musician and to perform as a substitute player during one week of the orchestra's 2017-18 concert season.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Showcase

    USC Thornton's extraordinary Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Chamber Music Showcase

    Chamber music ensembles from the Strings program perform movements from classic repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)


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