The USC Thornton Community Engagement Program celebrates the diversity and universality of the percussion family of musical instruments. The day-long event will offer clinics, demonstrations, and participatory drumming sessions in a variety of different styles and traditions.
Adam Gilbert leads the Baroque Sinfonia in a performance featuring theatrical music from Restoration England with staged scenes from masques and comedies.
Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, lecturer in historical musicology at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, leads a lecture on the complex life of acclaimed British opera singer Elizabeth Billington. Robertson-Kirkland explores the gossip and scandal surrounding Billington's trial against her uncle, who she accused of rape. The lecture will discuss the consensual relationship and eventual marriage to her music master, the media's reactions, and the subsequent Georgian plays and novels that portrayed the music master as a lecher, determined to trick his pretty, young student into a love affair.
Part of the Musicology Forum Lecture series, professor Cathy Ann Elias of De Paul University discusses madrigals by little-known composers from southern Italy, Una voce poco fa—until the performance! Restoring the madrigals of Pietro Havente and Don Salvadore di Cataldo.
Adam Gilbert leads the USC Collegium Workshop in madrigals and laudi spirituali from 16th-century Italy, including reconstructions of madrigals with lost and missing voices.
The Research and Scholarly Division present a daylong symposium highlighting faculty and student research across the division.