The USC School of Cinematic Arts presents a delayed satellite broadcast from the Met as Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’s production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek performs as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as the fairy-tale prince Tamino, Markus Werba as the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher, and René Pape as Sarastro. Ken Cazan, chair of vocal arts and opera/resident stage director at the USC Thornton School of Music presents a pre-opera discussion. Opera running time: 3 hours, 9 minutes. In German, with English subtitles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.
The classical and jazz worlds meet when violinist Etienne Gara, pianist Patrice Rushen, bassist Edwin Livingston, and drummer/percussionist Ian Wurfl revisit pieces from Bach to Miles Davis, along with Bartok, Ravel, Debussy, Gershwin and Zawinul. Following the workshop-performance, USC Thornton dean Robert Cutietta and USC Dornsife neuroscience professor Antonio Damasio lead the musicians in a panel discussion about their process.
Thomas Hooten, USC Thornton faculty member and principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, presents an intimate evening of classical works.
Strings students present a program featuring excerpts of Schubert’s Cello Quintet, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor, and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet for string quartet and clarinet. Skip the traffic and enjoy a free concert of music by USC Thornton students. A free reception follows the performance.
Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).
Nate Bachhuber, the LA Phil's Artistic Administrator for Artistic Planning, takes Thornton Vocal Arts majors through a mock audition, teaching them the in's and out's of a successful audition experience.
H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a performance that features the premieres of Frank Ticheli’s Silver Lining Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble with soloist James Walker, and Boyde Hood’s fanfare, Autunno Toscana. Jean Francaix’s Sept Danses, Eugene Zador’s Suite for Brass, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s Music for Winds round out an extraordinary concert.
The USC Thornton Oriana Women’s Choir and Apollo Men’s Chorus call for the audience to “Listen!,” in a wide-ranging program featuring the music of Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Paul Rardin, David Dickau, and more.
In the culminating event for CollabFest@USC, a day-long symposium of masterclasses and colloquia presented by the Keyboard Studies department, alumni and guest artists will perform classics from the vocal and instrumental music repertoire, including a world premiere by Alan L. Smith. Performers include pianists Joel Clifft, Mitsuko Morikawa, Elvia Puccinelli, and Lisa Sylvester along with guest artists including soprano Kathleen Roland, violinist Alex Russell, and flutist James Walker. PROGRAM: Strauss Lieder - Elvia Puccinelli, piano, Molly Fillmore, sopranoOlivier Messiaen - Thėme and Variations - Joel Clifft, piano, Alex Russell, violinAlan Smith - And With Such Boldness - Lisa Sylvester, piano, Kathleen Roland, soprano, Alex Russel, violin *World PremiereMike Mower - Deviations on the Carnival of Venice - Mitsuko Morikawa, piano, James Walker, fluteFor more information about the day-long CollabFest@USC conference event, click here.
One of the foremost avant-garde composers of her generation, Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016) expanded our understanding and perception of sound. In her groundbreaking career, Oliveros consistently experimented with new musical forms, emphasizing the potential of non-hierarchal musical practices and collaboration. An influential figure in Southern California’s artistic communities during the 1970s, Oliveros’s work was inspired by and deeply committed to the women’s movement. ONE Archives, in collaboration with author, playwright/director, and poet IONE and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), will present an open set of performances, meditations, Deep Listening, screenings, and discussions in tribute to Oliveros’s extensive work in experimental and electronic music. Featuring performances across multiple spaces; archival film and video screenings; and discussions about Oliveros’s musical work, 1970s Southern California, and Latinx musical history, this immersive event will offer exciting new ways to explore Oliveros’s landmark contributions to music. The event’s title, Beethoven Was a Lesbian, comes from a 1974 collaboration between Oliveros and Alison Knowles that addressed women’s outsider status in the music world. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.
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 2017-18 concert season.
Bob Mintzer leads the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra in a celebration honoring Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday.