The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra shines with special guest Ricky Peterson on organ and vocals. A longtime collaborator with artists such as Dave Sanborn and Prince, Peterson is currently touring with Fleetwood Mac.
Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Edge new music group in a program that features Thornton composer and violinist Nicholas Bentz in Giacinto Scelsi's Anahit for violin and 18 instruments, and Karen Tanaka's Water and Stone.
Students from across the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works.
H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a diverse program that features a celebration of the 25th-anniversary of Blue Shades by Composition faculty member Frank Ticheli. The evening also includes Zhou Tian's Seeker's Scherzo, Bach's My Soul Longeth to Depart in Peace and Little Fugue, Holst's Suite No. 1, and Schönberg's Theme and Variation. PROGRAM: Zhou Tian – Seeker’s Scherzo J. S. Bach – My Soul Longeth to Depart in Peace and Little Fugue in G Minor Gustav Holst – Suite No. 1 in Eb Arnold Schönberg – Theme and Variation, Op. 43a Frank Ticheli – Blue Shades, 25th Anniversary Edition
Rotem Gilbert and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia present Musica Polonica III: Musical Treasures of the Polish Baroque, Polish masterworks of the Baroque era.
Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.
The Polish Music Center’s flagship fall concert event will present the latest installment of Three Paderewskis, a new American musical hybrid exploring the life and loves of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, created by writer Oliver Mayer and composer Jenni Brandon. Late at night over a cask of Paso Robles Zinfandel, three versions of Paderewski (one of them female) sift through a lifetime of memories far too large for any one person: Ignacy the pianist/composer, Jan the politician, and Paderewski the ancient sage and viticulturist. But when the ghost of Paderewski's first wife Antonina rejoins them, all three versions of the man come together as one with a passion that sheds light on the depths of their endless love. Three Paderewskis can be described as a loving, rousing musical about a man too big to be played by any one person, who changed the world not only through the piano but through his lifetime dream to create the nation of Poland as we know it today.
The USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra headlines an evening of contemporary jazz with a tribute to Nat King Cole's to celebrate the iconic musician's 100th birthday.
Keyboard Studies faculty member Antoinette Perry performs a solo piano recital featuring music from Debussy, Messiaen, Copland and Schumann. The evening features three Debussy preludes, two pieces from Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus, Copland's Piano Variations, and Schumann's Fantasy in C major. PROGRAM: Debussy – Three Preludes "La puerta del Vino" "La fille aux cheveux de lin" "General Lavine---eccentric" Messiaen – Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus XIII. Noël XI. Première communion de la Vierge Copland – Piano Variations Schumann – Fantasy in C major
Guest conductor Murry Sidlin leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the annual Concerto Night, showcasing three outstanding student soloists. Clarinetist Max Opferkuch, cellist Allan Hon, and pianist Ji-Yoon Lee will perform Mozart, Korngold and Shostakovich, respectively. PROGRAM: Mozart - Clarinet Concerto, Max Opferkuch Korngold - Cello Concerto, Allan Hon Shostakovich - Piano Concerto, No. 1, Ji-Yoon Lee
Popular Music faculty members Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen lead first-year Popular Music students in an exploration of the foundations of their craft.
Legendary drummer and USC Thornton faculty member Peter Erksine leads students in a Jazz forum. Location: The Music Complex G128