Events for Classical Performance

USC Thornton Symphony: The Triumph of Life

Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in Mahler's vivid tone poem, Totenfeier, and Prokofiev's joyous Fifth Symphony. Two profound works, born amidst conflict, highlight the endurance and nobility of the human spirit. PROGRAM: Gustav Mahler: Totenfeier (Funeral Rites) Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 in B-flat major USC Thornton will pay tribute to the memory of Daniel Lewis, Emeritus Professor and longtime leader of the USC Thornton Symphony who passed away in July, with a few words of remembrance before the concert from Robert Cutietta, Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music.

USC Thornton Symphony: Revolutionary Dance

The USC Thornton Symphony presents Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No.2 and Stravinsky's legendary The Rite of Spring. Revolutionary scores for two icons of modern dance remain as fresh today as at their premiere. PROGRAM: Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No.2 Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Classical Guitar Masterclass with Tilman Hoppstock

German guitarist Tilman Hoppstock, noted for his interpretations of Bach, presents a masterclass in classical guitar performance.

Thornton Edge

Donald Crockett leads Thornton Edge, Thornton’s new music group, in a program featuring recent music for voice and ensemble, including works by David Lang and Thornton student composer and vocalist, Tamzin Elliott.

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Scenes and Serenades

H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a performance featuring A Glimpse of the River by Kenny Regan, co-winner of the Wind Ensemble Composition Contest. The evening also includes Dzubay’s Fanfare, Verne Reynolds’ Scenes, Strauss’ Serenade, Op.7, and Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy.

Chamber Music Masterclass with Paul Katz

Paul Katz, cellist of the Cleveland Quartet from 1969-1995 and current faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, leads a chamber music masterclass with outstanding Thornton students.

Strings Showcase

USC Thornton's extraordinary Strings students showcase their talents in solo and chamber works.

USC Thornton Symphony: Concerto Night

Guest conductor Uriel Segal leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the annual Concerto Night, showcasing outstanding student soloists. Erik Abramovitz performs Copland's Clarinet Concerto, cellist Benjamin Lash performs Haydn's Violoncello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1, and pianist Soyeon An performs Brahms' Piano Concerto in D minor, No.1, Op.15. Program: Aaron Copland – Clarinet Concerto, ft. Erik Abramovitz Franz Joseph Haydn – Violoncello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1, ft. Benjamin Lash Johannes Brahms – PIano Concerto in D minor, No.1, Op.15, ft. Soyeon An

Bassoon Masterclass with William Buchman

The assistant principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, William Buchman leads a masterclass fof USC Thornton Winds & Percussion students.

Viola Masterclass with Kim Kashkashian

Internationally-renowned violist Kim Kashkashian leads a masterclass with the talented students of the USC Thornton School of Music.

USC Thornton Chamber Singers & Concert Choir: Soundscapes

The USC Thornton Concert Choir celebrates the life of prolific Cuban composer Electo Silva, while the Chamber Singers team with USC's Polish Music Center to present works by composers Roxanna Panufnik and Paweł Lukaszewski, among others. In the first half of the program, the Concert Choir will showcase works by Silva, along with composers from Venezuela, Brazil, and Cuba. The Chamber Singers round out the concert with works by Panufnik, Lukaszewski, Craig Hella Johnson, and Morten Lauridsen, in association with the USC Polish Music Center.

The Met in HD: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

The USC School of Cinematic Arts presents a delayed satellite broadcast from the Met as Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’s production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek performs as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as the fairy-tale prince Tamino, Markus Werba as the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher, and René Pape as Sarastro. Ken Cazan, chair of vocal arts and opera/resident stage director at the USC Thornton School of Music presents a pre-opera discussion. Opera running time: 3 hours, 9 minutes. In German, with English subtitles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

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