Events for Winds and Percussion

USC Thornton Symphony: Mahler's First

Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a work that forever shifted the musical landscape—Gustav Mahler's iconic First Symphony.

USC Thornton Symphony: Prokofiev & Bernstein

Resident conductor Sharon Lavery leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a rousing program featuring Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, as well as selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Suites 1 & 2. PROGRAM: Bernstein - Slava! (A Political Overture) Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet: Selections from Suites 1 & 2

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.

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.

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

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Happy Birthday, Lenny!

The USC Thornton Wind Ensemble celebrates the centennial of visionary American composer Leonard Bernstein with a performance of favorites from West Side Story to Candide, along with music by Adam Schoenberg and faculty member Jim Self. H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery conduct. PROGRAM James Self – Ta Da Fanfare Adam Schoenberg – Picture Studies Leonard Bernstein – Overture to Candide Leonard Bernstein – “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story Leonard Bernstein – BSO Forever March

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.

USC Thornton Percussion Group

Joseph Pereira, Thornton faculty member and Principal Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leads the Percussion Group in a program of contemporary works.

USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra: Haydn & Ravel

Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra in a joyful program, featuring Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and Mother Goose Suite, along with Haydn's sparkling Symphony No. 88. PROGRAM: Ravel – Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin Haydn – Symphony No.88 in G Major

Thornton Edge

The USC Thornton Edge, the new music group led by Donald Crockett, presents a program of recent music from the United States, including Lightenings by Thornton alumna Elizabeth Ogonek, and music for large ensemble by David Dzubay.

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