Events for Strings

USC Thornton Symphony: Bernstein & Prokofiev

Resident conductor Sharon Lavery leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a rousing program celebrating Bernstein at 100. The concert features Bernstein's Overture to Candide, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, as well as selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Suites 1 & 2. PROGRAM: Bernstein - Overture to Candide Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet: Selections from Suites 1 & 2

“Fit as a Fiddle” Wellness Workshop with Pamela Frank & Howard Nelson

Renowned violinist Pamela Frank and physical therapist Howard Nelson present a program exploring the relationship between physical and mechanical awareness and pain-free performance. The long-time collaborators begin a one-year appointment to the USC Thornton Strings faculty in the fall of 2018. This event will take place on the lower level of The Music Complex (TMC) in Room G156.

Strings Showcase: Open Performance Evening

Students of Thornton's Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances

Violin Masterclass with Cho-Liang Lin

Esteemed Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin, in a welcome return visit to USC, presents a masterclass for students of the USC Thornton Strings program.

Thornton Edge

Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Edge new music group in a program of colorful and evocative music from Europe, including Derives 1 by Pierre Boulez, Lied in Fall by Hans Abrahamsen, and The Bagpiper's String Trio by Judith Weir.

Strings Showcase: PPP+: Paganini, Popper, Piatti, and More

Strings students perform virtuosic solo works, including Paganini caprices, Ernst caprices, Popper etudes, Piatti caprices, and other showpieces. Students showcase their talents in a friendly and social environment, followed by a reception.

USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia: Fiori musicali

Rotem Gilbert and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia explore the musical flowers of 17th century Italy, featuring vocal works by Chiara Margherita Cozzolani, Barbara Strozzi, and Giovanni Legrenzi, along with virtuosic instrumental fireworks. This event is co-produced with the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

Chamber Music Masterclass with Pamela Frank

Renowned violinist Pamela Frank, who joins the USC Thornton Strings faculty for a one-year appointment beginning in the fall of 2018, presents a masterclass in chamber music performance, offering guidance to advanced ensembles in the Strings program.

Concerto Night with the USC Thornton Symphony

Guest conductor Andrés Cárdenes, Artistic Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the annual Concerto Night, showcasing three outstanding student and graduate soloists. Elissa Brown will perform Christophe Rouse's Flute Concerto, while violinist Strauss Shi performs Franz Waxman's Carmen Fantasie, and Yuhan Yeh performs Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. PROGRAM: Franz Waxman – Carmen Fantasie featuring violinist Strauss Shi Christopher Rouse – Flute Concerto featuring Elissa Brown Serge Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No.3, op.26, C Major featuring Yuhan Yeh

Strings Showcase: Studio Showcase

Students of USC Thornton's myriad Strings studios showcase their talents in performance.

LACO Mock Orchestral Auditions

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO)-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program presents the Mock Orchestral Audition, providing students with the hands-on experience of a professional orchestra audition. True to the professional process, selected USC Thornton Strings students will play orchestral excerpts behind a screen for a panel of adjudicators. At the conclusion of the audition, a special award may be given to an exceptional student at the discretion of the judges, giving them an opportunity to be mentored by a LACO principal musician and to perform as a substitute player during one week of the orchestra's 2018-19 concert season.

Faculty Recital with Jim Self, Norm Pearson, & Doug Tornquist

USC Thornton's tuba faculty – Jim Self, Norm Pearson, and Doug Tornquist – present a collaborative recital, performing solo, as a tuba trio, and with guest performers in a wide variety of music, including a world premiere. The three leading Southern California tubists are principals in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Long Beach Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, LA Master Chorale, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Hollywood studios.

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