Susan O'Neill, president-elect of the International Society for Music Education, leads a discussion on music education with students in USC Thornton’s Music Teaching & Learning program. O'Neill is Professor in Arts and Music Education and Associate Dean, Academic and Research in the Faculty of Education, at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She has been working in the area of musical development and learning for over 20 years with an emphasis on fostering young people's musical engagement in ways that explore and contribute to creative learning opportunities, motivation, positive youth development, well-being, musical identities, intergenerational relationships, digital media and multimodal creative collaborations, and cultural understandings. This event will take place in the Herklotz Library Seminar Room, Music Library, of the Doheny Memorial Library.
Organized by Ken Foster, director of the USC Thornton Arts Leadership Program, two interactive events—a conversation and a dance flash mob—celebrate the impacts of women of color arts leaders. Women of color have long been at the forefront of community building and social activism through the arts. Dance companies, music ensembles, theatre troupes, and other arts groups led by women of color have worked in distinctly collaborative, intergenerational ways to not only preserve their cultural heritage but also build vibrant, healthy, and engaged communities. Free RSVP required. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.
Classical saxophonist Jessica Maxfield presents her first faculty recital since joining the Winds & Percussion faculty in 2017, with pianist Akina Motoyama. The performance will include works by two USC Thornton faculty, Sean Friar and Andrew Norman, as well as pieces by Edison Denisov and Florent Schmitt. This event has been cancelled. Please check music.edu.edu/events for rescheduling details.
Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a wide-ranging program, including Richard Strauss's spectacular tone-poem, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life).
The singing actors of the USC Thornton Opera program present an exciting and wide-ranging selection of excerpts, from operetta to grand opera.
Join a forward-thinking discussion with opera star Renée Fleming, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and LA Opera CEO and president Christopher Koelsch about the connections between music and the brain—and the very real possibility that music is part of the solution to intractable problems like chronic pain and cancer. The discussion will be interwoven with live musical performances by LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists. Listen and learn about the role music and other arts can play in tackling the most difficult diseases and improving health and wellness. Free RSVP required. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative
USC Thornton faculty bassoonist Judith Farmer and cellist Andrew Shulman present a joint recital featuring faculty pianist Jeffrey Kahane, alumni pianists Nadia Shpachenko and Nic Gerpe, and alumni clarinetist Edgar Lopez. The evening recital includes duo performances by Shulman and Kahane, longtime collaborators in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, of works by Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten that explore the teacher-pupil relationship between the two composers. Farmer will lead an ensemble in a performance of works by Thornton alumnus Gernot Wolfgang including the world premiere of Road Signs for Bassoon and Piano. A previous collaboration between the artists led to a 2016 GRAMMY nomination.
Lawrence Dutton, distinguished violist of the nine-time GRAMMY Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, leads a chamber music masterclass with USC Thornton's talented Strings students.
Grab a free donut and share your questions, ideas, and impressions with Robert Cutietta, Dean of USC Thornton, in this informal feedback session for Thornton students.
H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a concert of works by contemporary composers, including the world premiere of a work by Thornton student Celka Ojakangas. The program will include Larry Tuttle’s Across the Divide, the premiere of Ojakangas’ Bonehead Fizzix, Stephen Goss’ A Concerto of Colours, David T. Little’s Radiant Child, Gustav Holst's Suite No. 2 in F, and Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos. PROGRAM: Larry Tuttle – Across the Divide Celka Ojakangas – Bonehead Fizzix (Premiere) Stephen Goss – A Concerto of Colours (Guitar) David T. Little – Radiant Child Gustav Holst – Suite No. 2 in F Roberto Sierra – Fandangos
Keyboard Studies faculty Stephen Pierce presents “An Exploration of 20th Century Afrikaans Art Song” with soprano Bronwen Forbay. The recital will will explore Afrikaans art songs composed between the 1930s and 1990s by South African composers Pieter de Villiers, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Chris Lambrecht, S. le Roux Marais, P. J. Lemmer, John Pescod, and Arnold van Wyk.
Outstanding students of Thornton’s Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances.