Faculty member Karen Dreyfus leads an intensive two-day festival featuring chamber music masterworks performed by students from the Strings Department together with colleagues from across the Classical Performance & Composition Division. The USC Thornton Chamber Music Festival is a two-day student performance program, which includes the following events: Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM
Led by professors Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen, first-year Popular Music program students explore the foundations of their craft in this showcase.
The CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by Sara Gazarek, headlines this ongoing series of contemporary jazz.
Selected student finalists from the Keyboard Studies department perform before a panel of guest adjudicators in this popular competition finale.
The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia performs music from the bawdy to the sublime—pleasant ditties, grand anthems, and dancing tunes—in an engaging concert featuring viols, voices, and sundry instruments. The return of Charles II and the monarchy brought a resurgence of pomp, pageantry and the salacious to Restoration England, which is expressed in music by Jenkins, Locke, Lawes, Humfrey, and Purcell. The program will feature special guest performer Jalli Lamin Kuyateh, Gambian griot and kora player. Seating is first-come, first-served, and RSVPs are not available.
Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.
The USC Thornton Chamber Singers present a program of "Prayers and Intercessions" including Debussy's Trois Chansons and Christina Whitten Thomas' Choral de Betes. The concert features the American premiere of Johann Naumann's Psalm 149, which marks the culmination of a scholarly and artistic collaboration between the Choral & Sacred Music Department, the USC Music Library and its director, Andrew Justice, and the Moravian Archives in Herrnhut, Germany.
Third-year Popular Music students present original music written, arranged, and performed under the direction of professors Patrice Rushen and Richard Smith.
Always a popular event, this competition performance brings selected student finalists from the Strings department before a panel of guest adjudicators.