Events

Classical Guitar Masterclass with Pavel Steidl

The Classical Guitar Department presents a masterclass with celebrated virtuoso classical guitarist, Pavel Steidl.

Preparing for Your Future as a Professional Singer

A panel of industry professionals presents advice and strategies for cultivating a successful career as a classical or contemporary vocalist. The discussion will be led by Nino Sanikidze, head coach of LA Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program; Stacy Brightman, Director of Education & Community Programs at LA Opera; singer and vocal contractor Joan Beal; and musician and USC Thornton faculty member Sean Holt.

Polish Music Center: Exploring the Avant-Garde

The adventurous gnarwhallaby ensemble uncovers facets of avant-garde expression in contemporary Polish music in works from such visionary composers as Tadeusz Baird, Henryk Mikolaj Górecki, Hanna Kulenty, Krzysztof Meyer, Bogusław Schaeffer, and Witold Szalonek. Inspired by the unusual instrumentation of the Polish ‘Warsztat Muzyczny’ ensemble of the 1960s, gnarwhallaby performs repertoire for clarinet, trombone, cello, and piano. A reception follows the performance.

Composition Showcase

The Composition department presents a concert showcasing new solo, chamber, and vocal works by student composers. The celebrated program has included Pulitzer Prize finalists and major award winners among its recent alumni.

USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra: Kind of Blue

Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in a program of original arrangements from the biggest jazz album of all-time, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. Considered by most critics to be the greatest jazz recording, the album is comprised of five iconic pieces: So What, Freddy Freeloader, Blue in Green, All Blues, and Flamenco Sketches.

Musician's Wellness Initiative: Good Vibrations

Emmy Award-winning composer and faculty member Richard Wolf presents a talk about mindfulness and meditation for musicians.

Music@RushHour: Oriana & Apollo

The talented singers of the Oriana Women’s Choir and the Apollo Men’s Chorus present an hour of exquisite choral music by Puccini, Runestad, and Dr. Nick Strimple. Skip the traffic and enjoy an hour of extraordinary USC Thornton talent with Music@RushHour. After the concert, stick around for free refreshments!

New Jazz Showcase

The Division of Contemporary Music presents an evening showcasing the new jazz sound evolving at USC Thornton, featuring original tunes written, arranged and performed by students.

Solo Bach Competition

A panel of distinguished guest adjudicators will hear finalists from the Strings program perform complete sonatas, partitas and suites by Johann Sebastian Bach.

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Made in America

H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a celebration of American composers, featuring faculty member James Walker in David Mairs' American Flute Salute. Other pieces include Morton Gould’s American Salute, Mason Bates’ Mothership, Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, Darius Milhaud’s La création du monde (Creation of the World), and Seep by Thornton student Stephen Cabell, winner of the Student Wind Ensemble Composition Contest. Program: Morton Gould – American Salute Stephen Cabell – Seep (winner of the Student Wind Ensemble Composition Contest) David Mairs - American Flute Salute (featuring James Walker, flute) Mason Bates – Mothership Leonard Bernstein – Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Darius Milhaud – La création du monde (Creation of the World)

The Met in HD: Verdi's “La Traviata”

The USC School of Cinematic Arts hosts a broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera of Verdi's La Traviata. A pre-opera discussion, hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music, begins at 12:00 PM and a delayed satellite broadcast follows at 1:00 PM. Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera's most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Opera running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes. In Italian, with English subtitles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

JazzReach Concert

Young student jazz ensembles from the Los Angeles community perform as part of the USC Thornton Community Engagement Programs, funded in part by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Reception: 6:00 PM Concert: 7:00 PM ADMISSION: $5 at the door. Children under 10 are admitted free.

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