Events for Classical Performance

Tre Voci

This virtuosic trio, featuring Kim Kashkashian on viola, Marina Piccinini on flute and Sivan Magen on harp present a concert featuring new music from Japan.

USC Thornton Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique

Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a program featuring the works of Hector Berlioz including Le carnaval romain and the iconic Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14.

Piano Masterclass with Jonathan Biss

Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who shares his deep curiosity with music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. He continues to expand his reputation as a teacher, musical thinker, and one of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time. Bliss was recently named co-artistic director alongside Mitsuko Uchida at the Marlboro Music Festival, where he has spent twelve summers. In addition, he has written extensively about his relationships with the composers with whom he shares a stage. A member of the faculty of his alma mater the Curtis Institute of Music since 2010, Biss led the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by a classical music conservatory, Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, which has reached more than 150,000 people in 185 countries.

Violin Masterclass with Peter Herresthal

Violinist Peter Herresthal, faculty member at the Oslo Academy and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, leads a violin masterclass with USC Thornton's talented Strings students.

Masterclass with the Cantus Vocal Ensemble

Acclaimed as "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States," the Cantus Vocal Ensemble will present a masterclass on "Telling a Story through Song and Making Music in the Real World: What comes after college?"

Opera Scenes

The singing actors of the USC Thornton Opera program present an exciting and wide-ranging selection of excerpts from grand opera to musical theater.

Strings: Studio Showcase

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

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in an evening of works by composers near and far while professor Frank Ticheli conducts his Clarinet Concerto with Thornton student soloists. Works include Oscar Navarro's Downey Overture, Ingolf Dahl's Sinfonietta, Aaron Copland's Emblems, and Gunther Schuller's Parody from On Winged Flight.

Faculty Recital with Thomas Michael Allen

Vocal Arts faculty member Thomas Michael Allen and pianist Trung Sam present an evening of works for voice and piano.

USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

Donald Crockett, chair of the Composition program, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

Strings Showcase

Outstanding students of Thornton’s Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances.

USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir: Desenclos Requiem and Other Works for Choir and Organ

The USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir are joined by organist Weicheng Zhao, director of music at All Saints Episcopal Church, in a performance featuring the seldom heard Messe de Requiem by 20th Century French composer, Alfred Desenclos, and works for organ and choir by Maurice Durufle, Jonathan Dove, Marcel Dupre and Ēriks Ešenvalds.