Events

Music@RushHour: Classical Masterminds

Thornton Keyboard Studies students perform masterworks of Mozart and Haydn for solo piano. Skip the traffic and enjoy an hour of extraordinary USC Thornton talent with Music@RushHour. After the concert, stick around for free refreshments!

Jazz Night featuring ALAJE

ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton student jazz ensembles.

USC Thornton Symphony: Concerto Night

Guest conductor David Lockington leads the USC Thornton Symphony in Concerto Night, featuring outstanding student soloists on clarinet, cello, and piano. Yasmina Spiegelberg performs Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A minor (K.622), Gabriel Martins performs Hindemith's Violoncello Concerto, and Vijay Venkatesh performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. This concert will be live-streamed to the USC Thornton website on Friday, February 24th. Visit music.usc.edu/livestream

Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

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

Drum Day

The USC Thornton Community Engagement Programs 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.

Electro-Acoustic Showcase

The Composition department presents the annual electro-acoustic showcase, led by DMA student Eric Pham, featuring works by student composers that combine electronic instruments and signal processing with acoustic instruments

Jazz Honors Combo

The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents an evening of standards and original compositions.

Thornton Edge

Thornton Edge presents a program of works by Stephen Hartke, Barbara White, and Magnus Lindberg, as well as Jeffrey Holmes' virtuosic microtonal work for nine players, Hagall. Composition chair Donald Crockett conducts. PROGRAM: Gradūs (1999) by Stephen Hartke (b. 1952) Nick Davies, clarinet Richard An, piano Ethan Ahmad, percussion Mann-Wen Lo, violin Peter Myers, cello Rebecca Lawrence, bass Learning to See (2000) by Barbara White (b.1965) Elissa Brown, flute Frederik von Wurden, clarinet Richard An, piano Ethan Ahmad, percussion Mann-Wen Lo, violin Peter Myers, cello Ablauf (1983) by Magnus Lindberg (1958) Nick Davies, clarinet Tyler Eschendal and Ethan Ahmad, percussion Hagall (2015) by Jeffrey Holmes Emma McCartney, flute Theodosia Roussos, oboe Sérgio Coelho, e flat clarinet Taylor Eiffert, contra clarinet Weston Mccall, horn Tyler Eschendal and Thomas Kolakowski, percussion Ali Can Puskulcu, violin Diana Wade, viola Peter Myers, cello Rebecca Lawrence, bass Free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served, and RSVPs are not available.

Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

Led by professors Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen, first-year Popular Music program students explore the foundations of their craft in this showcase.

Jazz Night

Students from Thornton's Jazz Studies department present an evening of contemporary jazz as part of an ongoing series.

Griot! African and European Improvisations with Jalli Lamin Kuyateh and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia

African musician Jalli Lamin Kuyateh joins music director Adam Gilbert and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia for a fascinating meeting of musical styles, time periods, and instruments. The improvisational concert will blend Gambian and Baroque songs to create a riveting fusion of African griot and Euro-Baroque music. Kuyateh stands in a long tradition of Gambian bards, performing the African gourd harp (or kora) while singing birimintingo and kumbengo, improvised songs and stories that tell history, sing in praise and love, and offer sage advice. Kuyateh lives in the Netherlands, where he blends traditional and modern African music to collaborate with European ensembles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

Popular Music: Senior Showcase

The senior class of Thornton's Popular Music program returns to the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood for this annual showcase.

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