Events

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.

Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra performs music from “West Side Story”

Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in an evening of music from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, arranged by students, alumni, and faculty.

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.

Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

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

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

Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

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

Paderewski Lecture-Recital: The Sounds of Independence

The Polish Music Center celebrates 100 years of Polish independence with a collaborative lecture performance of music composed between World War I and II, featuring the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, the Quadrophonic String Quartet, and guest lecturer, musicology professor Lisa Cooper Vest. The colorful program will explore how Poland’s return to the map of Europe in 1918 opened the doors for a period of intense cultural flourishing.

Jazz Night: ALAJE

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

Strings Showcase: Studio Showcase

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

Jazz Duos: Voice & Guitar

Students from the USC Thornton Vocal Jazz and Studio Guitar departments present a showcase of duo performances featuring singers and guitarists.

USC Thornton Chamber Singers & Concert Choir: Radiant Dawn

The USC Thornton Chamber Singers & Concert Choir celebrate music exemplifying peace in the face of oppression and the transition between night and day. The concert features works from the classical repertoire of Mozart and Monteverdi to Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne as well as a collaborative commission by Stacey V. Gibbs and Shawn Kirchner. The Chamber Singers will present works highlighting issues of oppression and peaceful ways to combat it. In addition to works by Hildegard von Bingen, Salamone Rossi, Wolfram Buchenberg, and Ted Hearne, the program features a collaborative commission by composers Stacey V. Gibbs and Shawn Kirchner. Evoking the transition between night and day, the Concert Choir will focus on the poetry of dawn, performing music by Mozart and Monteverdi, American composers Daniel Elder and Eric Whitacre, Latin American composers Alberto Grau (Venezuela) and Aylton Escobar (Brazil), and one selection by the ensemble's conductor, Cristian Grases.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Giuseppe Verdi's “Aida”

Following a pre-opera discussion hosted by Ken Cazan, USC Thornton and the USC School of Cinematic Arts present a delayed broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. The grandest of grand operas, Aida features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists. Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Pre-Opera Discussion at 12PM HD Opera Broadcast at 1PM Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC School of Cinematic Arts in conjunction with the USC Thornton School of Music and the Metropolitan Opera.

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