Live! From Somewhere: Max Opferkuch

Live concerts have been canceled, but the show must go on. USC Thornton student Max Opferkuch gets around social distancing by performing a duet with himself.


Necessity is the mother of invention, right? While venues everywhere have gone dark, we’ve launched a series of performances by USC Thornton musicians, live from… somewhere. Living rooms, offices, back patios, garages — wherever they may be.

We sent guidelines to our students that, because of the need for social distancing, the videos should be a solo performance – unless they can find creative ways to use technology to perform with other people.   

USC Thornton student Max Opferkuch found a glorious way around these limitations, performing the 8th of Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonias in a duet with himself. Recorded at his home in Encinitas, the celebrated young musician performed both clarinet and bass clarinet parts in a bit of technological wizardry.

Opferkuch most recently appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s Performance Today program, in a show on Feb. 20 as a 2019-2020 Young Artist In Residence.

Enjoy. Live from wherever we are.


USC Thornton students, alumni and faculty are invited to submit their homemade performance videos to the Live! From Somewhere series. Click here for more from the series, and to submit a video of your own.