Events

Classical Guitar Masterclass with Paul O’Dette

Paul O’Dette returns to USC Thornton to lead this annual masterclass for Thornton Classical Guitar students. A GRAMMY Award-winning artist and faculty member of the Eastman School of Music, O'Dette is one of the world’s foremost ambassadors of early music interpretation and practice.

Strings Showcase

Talented students from the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works, exploring the wide-ranging chamber music repertoire.

Choreographers & Composers

This collaboration between the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and the USC Thornton School of Music brings together student choreographers and student composers in one unforgettable program. Free and open to the public. RSVP required through Eventbrite.

Choreographers & Composers

This collaboration between the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and the USC Thornton School of Music brings together student choreographers and student composers in one unforgettable program. Free and open to the public. RSVP required through Eventbrite.

USC Thornton Symphony: Opening Gala for Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the Opening Gala of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. The performance includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Strauss's Don Quixote featuring acclaimed cellist Mischa Maisky and distinguished violist and Thornton faculty member Yura Lee. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative. Program Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture Richard Strauss: Don Quixote

Popular Music: Senior Showcase

The USC Thornton Popular Music program returns to the iconic El Rey Theatre for the annual Senior Showcase. More than just a culmination of four years of hard work, the Senior Showcase is an opportunity for the entire community to celebrate these extraordinary young artists as they embark on professional music careers.

PICF '20 Mischa Maisky: Reflections on the Challenges and Joys of a Musician's Life

An intimate forum with an eye to professional development, renowned cellist Mischa Maisky will speak to PICF Fellows and the general public about his career as a solo cellist–that now spans over 50 years–and give advice on how to generate, develop, sustain and enjoy a successful musical career.

PICF '20 Piatigorsky Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Honoring the Festival’s namesake, a 2018 documentary film by Murray Grigor and Hamid Shams will be screened. A panel comprised of Piatigorsky’s former students (Terry King, Laurence Lesser, Mischa Maisky, Jeffrey Solow, Raphael Wallfisch) and grandson (Evan Drachman) will discuss Piatigorsky’s teaching and enduring musical influence.

PICF '20 Piatigorsky Book Launch

A previously unpublished novel, “Mr. Blok” by Gregor Piatigorsky, introduced by his son, Joram Piatigorsky.

PICF '20 Recital Gala

The Recital Gala features festival cellists performing works of Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. A pre-concert talk, presented by American cellist Jeffrey Solow, will begin at 7:30pm. Cellists: Chiara Enderle Samatanga, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Antonio Lysy, Mischa Maisky, Andrew Shulman, Laura van der Heijden, Quirine Viersen, and Raphael Wallfisch. Pianists: Bernadene Blaha, Jujo Pohjonen, and Robert Thies.

PICF '20 Masterclass with Maria Kliegel

German cellist Maria Kliegel presents a masterclass. Central to the ethos of the Festival are the masterclasses, in which the artists/teachers work with individual cello students in a public forum. Audience members can observe their teaching and hear some of the best young cellists from around the world.

PICF '20 Lunch Series Concert with Jakob Koranyi

Cellist Jakob Koranyi, who has been called "a force to be reckoned with" by The Strad, and pianist Juho Pohjonen perform a duo program, featuring works by Hillborg, Lysenko and Shostakovich.

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