Classical Guitar Masterclass with Eliot Frisk

Charismatic American guitarist Eliot Fisk presents a masterclass with students of USC Thornton's Classical Guitar program.

Music@RushHour: Cello Masterworks

Cellist and USC Thornton senior Gabriel Martins presents some of the most challenging and beautiful works for solo cello and cello with piano. The program includes Bach's 3rd Cello Suite, Hindemith's Sonata for Solo Cello, and works by Schumann and Ginastera, accompanied by pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan. Stick around and avoid the traffic with a free Music@RushHour concert by USC Thornton student musicians. A complimentary reception follows the performance.

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.

Faculty Recital with Rod Gilfry

Rod Gilfry, a member of the USC Thornton faculty and a celebrated operatic baritone, revels in contemporary vocal works from Bernstein to Aucoin, exploring a bit of jazz along the way. Joined by Thornton student and alumni musicians, Gilfry will perform excerpts from Matthew Aucoin's opera, Crossing, jazz arrangements of songs by Fauré and Debussy, songs of Leonard Bernstein, and selections from the Great American Songbook. Guest performers include pianist Peter Walsh (BM ’07, MM ’09, DMA ’14), jazz bassist Max Kraus (MM ’18), and senior jazz drummer Suraj Parthasarathy.

Jazz Night: USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra

The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, led by music director Bob Mintzer, presents an evening of music from the 1940s featuring guest vocalist and Thornton faculty member, Sara Gazarek.

Musician's Wellness: Challenging Performance Anxiety

A panel of faculty experts from USC Thornton and the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology convene to discuss the effects and treatments of Music Performance Anxiety. Presenters will include Vocal Arts & Opera faculty members Rod Gilfry and Lynn Helding, and Dr. Karla O'Dell, Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology. A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

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.

Vocal Arts Masterclass with Laura Claycomb

Noted soprano Laura Claycomb presents a masterclass featuring USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera students. GRAMMY Award-winning soprano Laura Claycomb has appeared with the Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre de la Monnaie, the London Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Le Concert d’Astrée, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Old & New

H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a radiant journey from the 19th century through today, featuring music by Dvořák, Mahler, Stravinsky, Joan Tower, and Thornton alumnus Zhou Tian. PROGRAM Joan Tower – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 2 Igor Stravinsky – Octet Gustav Mahler – Um Mitternacht Antonin Dvorak – Serenade, Op. 44 Zhou Tian – Petals of Fire

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.