Events

Jazz Night

USC Thornton jazz students present an evening of standards from the American songbook in combos led by USC Thornton faculty members Kathleen Grace and Vince Mendoza.

Music at Rush Hour: Contemporary Piano Works

Thornton’s Keyboard Department presents a dynamic program of piano music from composers of the modern era.

Strings: Studio Showcase

USC Thornton’s Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

Solo Bach Competition

A panel of three eminent adjudicators will listen to selected Strings student finalists performing complete sonatas, partitas, and suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Transient Canvas

Contemporary duo Transient Canvas presents Collage - a fluid program representing a cross-section of current musical trends that tackles a variety of cultural topics. Their 2018/19 Collage concerts draw on themes of visual art and political resistance and feature music by USC Thornton student Lucy McKnight, USC alumn Lansing McLoskey, Brian Sears, Dan VanHassel, and Kirsten Volness.

USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a musically rich program including Angels in the Architecture by professor Frank Ticheli and Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto featuring soloist Kevin Fitz-Gerald, professor of Keyboard Studies. Other works include Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas, Serenade by Emil Hartmann, and Hammersmith by Gustav Holst.

Jazz Night: USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and the Yellowjackets

The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra is joined by celebrated jazz quartet the Yellowjackets in a concert welcoming drummer Will Kennedy to the USC Thornton faculty.

Headspace: Featuring the USC Thornton Percussion Group

Headspace will explore meditation, music, sound, and mindfulness. The event includes short pop-up performances around campus of a musical walking meditation by USC Thornton composer Veronika Krausas, a concert of meditative music by the USC Thornton Percussion Group led by Joseph Pereira, group meditation, discussions, and more. The USC Thornton Percussion Group will perform two rarely-heard works, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s into-Second Self, during which musicians will surround the audience, and Iannis Xenakis’ Pleiades, which features instruments specifically built for the piece. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative. ADMISSION: Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, February 26, at 9 a.m. USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP USC Alumni: RSVP General Public: RSVP

Music at Rush Hour: Trojan Brass

Trojan Brass returns to RushHour for a program full of an exciting variety of works for brass.

Violin Masterclass with Midori Goto

Violinist Midori Goto, who was recently named a Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC, will present a violin masterclass for Thornton String students.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Re-Animated

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s immortal gothic horror novel and feminist text, Alumni Park in front of Doheny Library will come alive with a multimedia interactive and live performance extravaganza. At sundown, the music starts and an immersive exploration of spine-tingling sights, sounds, and smells begins! Digital projection mapping will transform the library’s exterior into a vibrant, electronic palette for re-telling the original story of Frankenstein. Under the direction of digital artists Akiko Yamashita, Yo-Yo Lin, and numerous USC faculty, dozens of USC students working in animation, interactive media, music, theatre, dance, art and design, and architecture have re-animated Mary Shelley’s enduring classic in stunning fashion. The event will alter your mind about our traditional notions of life, death, and monsters.

Popular Music: Senior Showcase at El Rey Theatre

Catch the rising stars of USC Thornton’s Popular Music program as the senior class performs at L.A.’s legendary El Rey Theatre. More than just a culmination of four years of hard work, the Senior Showcase is an opportunity for the entire community to celebrate these extraordinary young artists as they embark on professional music careers.

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