Events for Contemporary Music

Jazz Night featuring ALAJE

ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton student jazz ensembles. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

Donuts with the Dean

Grab a free donut and share your questions, ideas, and impressions with Robert Cutietta, Dean of USC Thornton, in this informal feedback session.

Sketches of Miles: A Workshop-Performance

The classical and jazz worlds meet when violinist Etienne Gara, pianist Patrice Rushen, bassist Edwin Livingston, and drummer/percussionist Ian Wurfl revisit pieces from Bach to Miles Davis, along with Bartok, Ravel, Debussy, Gershwin and Zawinul. Following the workshop-performance, USC Thornton dean Robert Cutietta and USC Dornsife neuroscience professor Antonio Damasio lead the musicians in a panel discussion about their process.

Jazz Night

Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Ella

Bob Mintzer leads the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra in a celebration honoring Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday.

Jazz Night

Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

Improvisation Masterclass with Stephen Nachmanovitch

Improvisational violinist Stephen Nachmanovitch, author of Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, presents a lecture in free musical improvisation, followed by a hands-on workshop. Audience members are invited to bring their musical instruments, but non-musicians will also be welcome to participate.

Popular Music Strings Ensemble

Robbie Anderson leads the Popular Music Strings ensemble in an evening showcase.

Concert Jazz Orchestra: Star Wars Night

The Concert Jazz Orchestra performs music from John Williams' Star Wars film scores, arranged by Thornton students and alumni for big band.

Jazz Night featuring the Jazz Honors Combo

The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents an evening of standards and original compositions. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

USC Thornton @ Discover USC Open House

Discover USC provides prospective undergraduate students and their families an opportunity to get to know USC better by meeting admission counselors, representatives from various academic departments, and other prospective students and their parents. USC Thornton will host the following sessions (RSVP required): The Classical Experience 1:30 – 2:45PM - Ramo Recital Hall (BMH 100)3:00 – 4:15PM - Ramo Recital Hall (BMH 100)The Division of Classical Performance & Composition offers a wide variety of programs that blend the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the benefits of studying at a leading research university. Join us for a more in-depth look at the rich traditions of these programs in a presentation featuring student performances, faculty, and information on our application and audition process. The Contemporary Experience 1:30 – 2:45PM - Carson Stage (CTV 136A)3:00 – 4:15PM - Carson Stage (CTV 136A)The Division of Contemporary Music offers unique undergraduate programs in Jazz Studies, Popular Music, Music Production and Music Industry. Under the direction of exceptional faculty, our students develop as artists, professionals and human beings as they prepare for careers in music. Join us for a more in-depth look at the rich traditions of these programs in a presentation featuring student performances, faculty, and information on our application and audition process. Am I Crazy? Pursuing Music in the 21st Century 10:00 – 11:15AM - Ramo Recital Hall (BMH 100)A professional music career evolves over the lifetime of a musician, often in surprising and unpredictable ways. Most musicians combine various jobs or professions both to support their immediate lifestyle and to realize a fulfilling long-term career. Prospective undergraduate students and families are invited to join Brittany Jimenez, Associate Director for Undergraduate Admission, for a discussion about why you are not crazy for pursuing music in the 21st century.

ALAJE: the Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble

Led by Aaron Serfaty, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble (ALAJE) presents an evening of jazz standards reinvented with a focus on the rhythmic traditions of Brazil and Cuba.

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