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: 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 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)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Pamela Frank

    Renowned violinist Pamela Frank, who joins the USC Thornton Strings faculty for a one-year appointment beginning in the fall of 2018, presents a masterclass in chamber music performance, offering guidance to advanced ensembles in the Strings program.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Concerto Night with the USC Thornton Symphony

    Guest conductor Andrés Cárdenes, Artistic Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the annual Concerto Night, showcasing three outstanding student and graduate soloists. Elissa Brown will perform Christophe Rouse's Flute Concerto, while violinist Strauss Shi performs Franz Waxman's Carmen Fantasie, and Yuhan Yeh performs Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. PROGRAM: Franz Waxman – Carmen Fantasie featuring violinist Strauss Shi Christopher Rouse – Flute Concerto featuring Elissa Brown Serge Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No.3, op.26, C Major featuring Yuhan Yeh

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Strings Showcase: Studio Showcase

    Students of USC Thornton's myriad Strings studios showcase their talents in performance.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • 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 2018-19 concert season.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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