Events for Classical Performance

Music at Rush Hour: Contemporary Piano Works

Thornton’s Keyboard Department presents a dynamic program of piano music from composers of the modern era.

Strings: Studio Showcase

USC Thornton’s Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

Solo Bach Competition

A panel of three eminent adjudicators will listen to selected Strings student finalists performing complete sonatas, partitas, and suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a musically rich program including Angels in the Architecture by professor Frank Ticheli and Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto featuring soloist Kevin Fitz-Gerald, professor of Keyboard Studies. Other works include Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas, Serenade by Emil Hartmann, and Hammersmith by Gustav Holst.

Headspace: Featuring the USC Thornton Percussion Group

Headspace will explore meditation, music, sound, and mindfulness. The event includes short pop-up performances around campus of a musical walking meditation by USC Thornton composer Veronika Krausas, a concert of meditative music by the USC Thornton Percussion Group led by Joseph Pereira, group meditation, discussions, and more. The USC Thornton Percussion Group will perform two rarely-heard works, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s into-Second Self, during which musicians will surround the audience, and Iannis Xenakis’ Pleiades, which features instruments specifically built for the piece. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative. ADMISSION: Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, February 26, at 9 a.m. USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP USC Alumni: RSVP General Public: RSVP

Violin Masterclass with Midori Goto

Violinist Midori Goto, who was recently named a Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC, will present a violin masterclass for Thornton String students.

Apollo & Oriana Choirs: Open Your Heart and Sing

The Apollo & Oriana Choirs celebrate the joy of singing with an eclectic mix of both contemporary and classical music that includes Schubert’s Trinklied and Widerspruch and a world premiere by associate conductor Daniel Gee.

Thornton Edge

Continuing their spring residency with Thornton Edge, HOCKET will join the ensemble to present Donald Crockett's recent concerto for duo-pianists and chamber orchestra, And the River, Sean Friar's Cello Concerto with Michael Kaufman, and Morten Lauridsen's classic song cycle, Four Lorca Songs.

Music at Rush Hour: Living Composers

Thornton’s Keyboard department continues the annual tradition of presenting works for keyboard exclusively from living composers. Featured on the program will be music from composers, faculty and even students!

Strings: Chamber Music Showcase

Select chamber music ensembles from the Strings program perform movements from classic repertoire.

USC University Chorus: Colors of the World

The USC University Chorus presents diverse choral works, featuring sonic colors from around the world. This concert will include compositions from Asia, Europe, Africa, and America.

USC Thornton Symphony, Wind Ensemble and Choral Artists at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as well as two works by Thornton composers, Frank Ticheli’s celebrated Angels in the Architecture with the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, and Morten Lauridsen’s iconic Lux Aeterna with the USC Thornton Choral Artists. Program: Frank Ticheli: Angels in the ArchitectureMorten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op.67For tickets, go to the LA Phil website.