Events for composition

Composition Department Recital with HOCKET

HOCKET, the new music piano duo featuring alumni Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, presents two works by USC Thornton Composition faculty written for them, including new faculty member Nina Young’s Tête-À-Tête, and a world premiere of Sean Friar’s Come Again. Special guests include Hitomi Oba on tenor saxophone and Derek Tywoniuk on percussion. The recital also features works by Cerrone, Gibson, Oba, and Tywoniuk. PROGRAM: Derek Tywoniuk: like (Write it!) like disaster for percussion, piano, and toy piano Hitomi Oba: taste, inaugurate! for piano four-hands and tenor saxophone Sean Friar: Come again for two pianos Sarah Gibson: our eyes once watered for piano four-hands Nina Young: tete a tete for two toy pianos and electronics Christopher Cerrone: Arching Path for two pianos

USC Thornton Edge

Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Edge new music group in a program that features Thornton composer and violinist Nicholas Bentz in Giacinto Scelsi's Anahit for violin and 18 instruments, and Karen Tanaka's Water and Stone.

Composition Showcase

The venerable USC Thornton Composition program presents an afternoon concert showcasing new solo, chamber, and vocal works by student composers.

USC Thornton Edge

Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Edge new music group in a program surveying colorful and virtuosic new music from northern Europe, focusing on works from Norway and Finland. Also featured, is the premiere of a new work for sinfonietta by recent Thornton DMA graduate Georgi Dimitrov.

Activated Chambers: A Performance Journey Featuring yMusic and Nadia Sirota

Composers from USC Thornton and choreographers from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance collaborate with acclaimed chamber ensemble yMusic and Nadia Sirota in Activated Chambers, featuring works for stage, screen, and multimedia installation that culminates in the West Coast premiere of professor Andrew Norman’s newest work for yMusic, created specifically for the event and accompanied by original choreography. Equally elegant and unkempt, ordered and disordered, formal and informal, “Activated Chambers” is a fusion of reactive artforms playing on and with each other as a new construction, a new compound—and a new movement. The event will close with a post-show discussion led by Nadia Sirota, yMusic violist and host of the Peabody Award–winning podcast Meet the Composer, along with USC professors Jennifer McQuiston Lott, Dawn Stoppiello, and Rick Schmunk. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.

Activated Chambers: A Performance Journey Featuring yMusic and Nadia Sirota

Composers from USC Thornton and choreographers from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance collaborate with acclaimed chamber ensemble yMusic and Nadia Sirota in Activated Chambers, featuring works for stage, screen, and multimedia installation that culminates in the West Coast premiere of professor Andrew Norman’s newest work for yMusic, created specifically for the event and accompanied by original choreography. Equally elegant and unkempt, ordered and disordered, formal and informal, “Activated Chambers” is a fusion of reactive artforms playing on and with each other as a new construction, a new compound—and a new movement. The event will close with a post-show discussion led by Nadia Sirota, yMusic violist and host of the Peabody Award–winning podcast Meet the Composer, along with USC professors Jennifer McQuiston Lott, Dawn Stoppiello, and Rick Schmunk. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.