Feature Section ...............................................4-17 Orchestra & Wind Ensemble ............................ 4-5 Choral Music & Opera.......................................6-7 Jazz ..................................................................8-11 Popular Music ................................................ 12-13 Chamber Music ................................................... 14 Faculty Recitals.................................................... 14
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What’s New .......................................................... 3
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Arts Alive, Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. Hosted by Gail Eichenthal and Brian Lauritzen, Arts Alive features “Ask the Dean,” which offers listeners the chance to ask USC Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta and his faculty questions about music by sending an email to AskTheDean@kusc.org. 91.5 FM Los Angeles, 88.5 FM Palm Springs, 91.1 FM Thousand Oaks, 88.7 FM Santa Barbara. Also streaming live over the Internet at kusc.org.
Polish Music Center............................................ 15 Classical Guitar.................................................... 15 Early Music........................................................... 16 New Music........................................................... 17
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2012 Fall Calendar ....................................... 18-21
September ................................................ 19
October ..................................................... 19
November ................................................. 20
December .................................................. 21
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Dining & Parking Information ......................... 22
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ORCHESTRA & WIND ENSEMBLE
USC Thornton Wind Ensemble Sunday, September 30, 4:00 p.m. Bovard Auditorium Principal conductor H. Robert Reynolds and resident conductor Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in “Favorites,” a concert including Thornton composition faculty Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 1, Oscar Navarro’s Downey Overture, R. Strauss’s Serenade, and Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy.
USC Thornton Symphony Thursday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. Bovard Auditorium Guest conductor Gerard Schwarz (former music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and conductor emeritus of the Seattle Symphony) leads Brahms’s passionate Symphony No. 3 in F Major, as well as a suite of music from R. Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.
USC Thornton Wind Ensemble Sunday, November 4, 4:00 p.m. Bovard Auditorium
USC Thornton Symphony Thursday, September 13, 7:30 p.m. Bovard Auditorium USC Thornton’s principal conductor Carl St.Clair steps into his new role as artistic leader of USC Thornton orchestras with this exciting concert of Prokofiev’s moving Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.
H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in an “Election and Veteran’s Day” concert including Scheidt’s Canzona Battaglia, Tomissinni’s Taking Sides, Dooley’s Point Blank, and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, featuring Thornton faculty violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu.
USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Bovard Auditorium From the concertmaster’s chair, violin faculty Margaret Batjer leads Vivaldi’s String Symphony “alla rustica,” selections of Handel’s Water Music, and C.P.E. Bach’s Symphony in E-flat Major. Resident conductor Sharon Lavery leads the orchestra in Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major.
USC Thornton Concert Orchestra Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m. Bovard Auditorium Michael Powers leads musicians from the university and local community in a night of orchestral works by American composers, featuring ballet music from On the Town by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid.
Must We Always Sing as Men Have Sung: Women, the Arts, and Music
USC Thornton Apollo and Oriana Choirs
Friday, September 14, 2:00 p.m. – Alfred Newman Recital Hall Scholar and choral music director Joan Catoni Conlon explores the portrayals of women within the choral tradition, from the Renaissance through the 20th century, joined by the USC Thornton Concert Choir and faculty Cristian Grases. Sponsored by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative, and presented in conjunction with USC’s Fisher Museum of Art’s exhibit — A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art.
The USC Thornton Apollo Men’s Chorus and Oriana Women’s Choir present “From Freude und Lust to molly and may,” with music from the Baroque era to the present. The first half of the program features music of rejoicing, ranging from the operatic pageantry of Handel to the gentle joy of USC Thornton faculty Nick Strimple’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. The second half consists of works from the last hundred years, and includes text settings drawn from such diverse sources as medieval Persian poetry and e. e. cummings.
USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir
Friday, October 19, 8:00 p.m. – Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Sunday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. – Bovard Auditorium
The USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir present “In the Deep Heart’s Core,” a program featuring two exciting new compositions by world-renowned composer Ola Gjielo—including Innisfree, based on poetry by William Butler Yeats and commissioned for this event.
The USC Thornton University Chorus, led by Zanaida Robles and Kate Belshé, lead a program of Vaughn Williams, Britten, Neufeld, Graun, Buxtehude, Purcell, Saint-Saëns, and more.
Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen Friday, November 2, 7:00 p.m. – School of Cinematic Arts, Room 108 A new documentary, Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen, looks at the life and work of Lauridsen, America’s most frequently performed choral composer, 2007 National Medal of Arts recipient, and distinguished professor of composition at USC. In a panel discussion, Lauridsen will be joined by the film’s director, Michael Stillwater, and Dana Gioia, the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC and Thornton faculty. Sponsored by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative.
Friday, November 2, 8:00 p.m. – Alfred Newman Recital Hall
USC Thornton Choral Winter Gala Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.– Bovard Auditorium USC Thornton’s Choral Music program presents its annual Winter Gala featuring two hundred singers joined by the USC Thornton Scholarship Brass Quintet, harp, and percussion in an evening of folk music and traditional holiday favorites, from Africa to Appalachia.
The Tempest: An Opera by Lee Hoiby Wednesday, November 14, 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 16, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2:00 p.m. Bing Theatre The USC Thornton Opera program and the USC Thornton Symphony present the West Coast premiere of Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest. The sorcerer Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the monster Caliban, and the mischievous spirit Ariel play out one of Shakespeare’s most moving and complex dramas. This internationally acclaimed opera, peopled by fantastical and complex characters, tells a story of magic, revenge, and forgiveness. On Friday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m., Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative sponsors a pre-show discussion with Maestro Brent McMunn and guests. FREE
Admission: Free for USC students, staff, and faculty with valid ID. $12 seniors, alumni, and non-USC students. $18 general admission. For general ticket information, call (213) 740-4672 or visit usc.edu/tickets.
Jazz Night Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café This ongoing series of contemporary jazz features top players in Thornton’s jazz programs performing in a variety of student ensembles.
USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Monday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Carson Television Center Led by music director Bob Mintzer, the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra plays a concert of Afro-Cuban music, featuring master drummer Ignacio Berroa.
USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Ndugu Chancler: 60 Years of Life and Music Sunday, September 23, 3:00 p.m. Bovard Auditorium Ndugu Chancler is perhaps best known as the drummer on the Michael Jackson hit “Billie Jean” but his life goes well beyond that. He has been at the intersection of jazz and popular music for his entire career. A faculty member of both the jazz studies and popular music programs at Thornton, Chancler has played with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Santana and Weather Report. In this afternoon event, Chancler will share his life and music with video history, performances by Thornton School students, and presentations by a select group of musicians who have worked with the famed drummer over the years. The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and ALAJE (USC Thornton’s Afro Latin American Jazz Ensemble) will perform compositions by Chancler joined by a litany of major Los Angeles based artists in cameo roles.
The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents a mix of jazz standards and original material.
Jazz Night Thursday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café This ongoing series of contemporary jazz features top players in Thornton’s jazz programs performing in a variety of student ensembles.
Jazz Night featuring USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thursday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café Jason Goldman and the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra headline this ongoing series featuring top players in Thornton’s jazz programs.
Sponsored by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative
Jazz with ALAJE Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café Directed by Aaron Serfaty, USC Thornton’s ALAJE (Afro Latin American Jazz Ensemble) is a unique 10- to 14-member ensemble playing studentarranged music.
Jazz Night with the USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, headlines this ongoing series of contemporary jazz.
Jazz Night with CreSCendo Thursday, November 29, 7:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café The USC Thornton CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by Sara Gazarek, headlines this ongoing series featuring a variety of student jazz ensembles.
Jazz Night Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café This ongoing series of contemporary jazz features top players in Thornton’s jazz programs performing in a variety of student ensembles
Thornton JazzReach Concert Sunday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Young student jazz ensembles from the community perform as part of the USC Thornton Outreach program. FREE
POPULAR MUSIC Thornton’s groundbreaking Popular Music program cultivates artistry, musicianship, and industry savvy for students pursuing careers in the contemporary music scene. These showcases, presented by the Al Sherman Foundation, offer a glimpse into their work.
USC Thornton Popular Music Program First-Year Showcase Wednesday, October 17, 8:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café
USC Thornton Popular Music Program Second-Year Showcase Thursday, October 18, 8:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café
USC Thornton Popular Music Program First-Year Showcase Wednesday, December 5, 8:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café
USC Thornton Popular Music Program Second-Year Showcase Friday, December 7, 8:00 p.m. Ground Zero Performance Café
USC Thornton Popular Music Program Third-Year Showcase Saturday, December 8, 8:00 p.m. Tommy’s Place
Joseph Pereira, Thornton faculty and principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leads this student ensemble in an evening of great percussion works.
Chamber Music Marathon Tues., Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Two nights of nonstop chamber music performances by Thornton students led by Henry Gronnier, director of the chamber music program.
Faculty Recital with Michael Powers, conducting Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Conducting faculty Michael Powers leads a lecture/ presentation of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21, marking the 100th anniversary of the work’s premiere.
Faculty Recital with Henry Gronnier, violin Friday, October 26, 8:00 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Violin faculty Henry Gronnier is joined by pianist Rina Dokshitsky, violist Thomas Diener, and cellist Stephen Erdody for an evening of Brahms.
Monday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall
POLISH MUSIC CENTER
USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble
Annual Paderewski Lecture-Recital Sunday, October 14, 4:00 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall The Polish Music Center honors the 75th anniversary of the death of Karol Szymanowski in its annual Paderewski Lecture-Recital series. A lecture about Szymanowski will be followed by a recital of Szymanowski’s music presented by the L.A.-based pianist Mark Robson and his guests.
Guitar Masterclasses with Pepe Romero Monday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Classical guitar master and Thornton faculty Pepe Romero offers an up-close peek into his virtuosity in two masterclasses.
USC Thornton Classical Guitar Department Recital Thursday, November 29, 7:30 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Students of USC Thornton’s renowned classical guitar department present a rich evening of solo and ensemble music.
USC Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble Monday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Led by music director Donald Crockett, the CME honors USC Distinguished Professor Stephen Hartke’s 60th birthday by performing his works on each of its four concerts this season. Here, the ensemble presents Hartke’s Beyond Words (2001) for piano quartet and David Dzubay’s Double Black Diamond.
Composition Department Recitals Sunday, November 11, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall This pair of concerts features new solo, chamber, and vocal works by outstanding Thornton student composers.
USC Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble Monday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Continuing the 60th birthday retrospective of Stephen Hartke, USC Thornton composition faculty and USC Distinguished Professor, CME will present his Night Songs for a Desert Flower (2009) for string quartet, together with Dai Fujikura’s abandoned time.
Electro-Acoustic Composition Showcase Sunday, December 2, 3:00 p.m. Ramo Recital Hall The second annual ElectroAcoustic Composition Showcase, led by Brian Shepard, features world premieres of work by USC student composers, interactively combining electronic instruments, sounds, and signal processing with acoustic instruments.
USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia Friday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 7, 8:00 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall Led by Rotem Gilbert, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presents two gorgeous evenings of early music masterworks.
BENEFIT: The Charles Dickens Dinner Friday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. – Millennium Biltmore Hotel Start the holiday season in elegance at this black-tie musical gala supporting Thornton music scholarships. For more information, please call the USC Thornton Office of Advancement at (213) 740-6474 or visit usc.edu/music/giving.
2012 FALL CALENDAR
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USC Thornton Symphony /St.Clair Bovard – 7:30 p.m.
USC Thornton Concert Choir/Catoni Conlon/Grases Newman – 2:00 p.m.
Ndugu Chancler: 60 Years/ALAJE Bovard – 3:00 p.m.
USC Thornton Wind Ensemble / Reynolds /Lavery Bovard – 4:00 p.m.
Jazz Night Ground Zero – 7:00 p.m.
USC Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble / Crockett Newman – 7:30 p.m.
USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra/Mintzer/Berroa CTV – 7:30 p.m. W
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USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo/Goldman Newman – 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Night Ground Zero – 7:00 p.m.
USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia /Gilbert Newman – 8:00 p.m.
Annual Paderewski Lecture-Recital/ Robson Newman – 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital with Michael Powers Newman – 7:30 p.m.
Popular Music Program Showcase: First-Year Students Ground Zero – 8:00 p.m.
USC Thornton Symphony / Schwarz Bovard – 7:30 p.m.
Popular Music Program Showcase: Second-Year Students Ground Zero – 8:00 p.m. F
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USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir Newman – 8:00 p.m.
Jazz Night with USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra / Goldman Ground Zero – 7:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital with Henry Gronnier Newman – 8:00 p.m.
2012 FALL CALENDAR
Jazz Night with ALAJE / Serfaty Ground Zero – 7:00 p.m.
Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen School of Cinematic Arts, Room 108 – 7:00 p.m.
USC Thornton Apollo and Oriana Choirs Newman – 8:00 p.m. Su
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USC Thornton Wind Ensemble / Reynolds / Lavery Bovard – 4:00 p.m.
Guitar Masterclass with Pepe Romero
Newman – 7:00 p.m.
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USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra / Batjer / Lavery Bovard – 7:30 p.m.
Composition Department Recitals
Newman – 3:00 p.m.
USC Thornton Concert Orchestra / Powers Bovard – 7:30 p.m.
Bing – 8:00 p.m.
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Newman – 5:30 p.m.
Ground Zero – 8:00 p.m.
The Tempest; An Opera by Lee Hoiby / McMunn / Cazan Th
Chamber Music Marathon / Gronnier
Popular Music Program Showcase: First-Year Students
USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble / Pereira Newman – 7:30 p.m.
Newman – 5:30 p.m.
Bovard – 7:30 p.m.
Newman – 7:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Marathon / Gronnier
USC Thornton Choral Winter Gala
Composition Department Recitals
Ramo – 3:00 p.m.
Guitar Masterclass with Pepe Romero Newman – 7:00 p.m.
Electro-Acoustic Composition Showcase
Jazz Night Ground Zero – 7:00 p.m.
USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia / Gilbert Newman – 8:00 p.m.
Popular Music Program Showcase: Second-Year Students Ground Zero – 8:00 p.m.
Jazz Night with Jazz Honors Combo / Goldman Ground Zero – 7:00 p.m.
The Tempest; An Opera by Lee Hoiby / McMunn / Cazan Bing – 8:00 p.m.
The Tempest; An Opera by Lee Hoiby / McMunn / Cazan Bing – 2:00 p.m.
USC Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble / Crockett
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Popular Music Program Showcase: Third-Year Students Tommy’s Place – 8:00 p.m.
The Charles Dickens Dinner Millennium Biltmore – 6:30 p.m.
Thornton JazzReach Concert Newman – 7:00 p.m.
Newman – 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Night with CreSCendo / Gazarek Ground Zero – 7:00 p.m.
Classical Guitar Department Recital Newman – 7:30 p.m.
DINING & PARKING INFORMATION
On-Campus Dining USC’s Tutor Campus Center, which opened in 2010, features a wide variety of on-campus dining. Moreton Fig A unique collaboration between the award-winning Lark Creek Restaurant Group and USC Hospitality. Parking validation for customers with stamped receipt. Hours: 11:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m. A handful of other options are available at Tutor Campus Center: California Pizza Kitchen
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
Off-Campus Dining In addition to many eateries in the University Park area, three universityowned restaurants are located on S. Figueroa Blvd. across from USC. McKay’s A great USC restaurant at 3540 S. Figueroa Blvd. with a lounge that’s open late. Hours: breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. lunch 11:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. dinner 5:00 p.m. – close The Lab A USC gastropub located at 3500 S. Figueroa Blvd. Hours: Mon.– Fri.: 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sat.– Sun.: 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Rosso Oro’s Pizzeria USC-owned pizzeria at 3500 S. Figueroa Blvd. Hours: Mon.–Sat.: 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. For more information on these restaurants and more, visit hospitality.usc.edu.
PARKING Parking on campus is $10. Due to construction, only a limited amount of metered parking is available. Suggested Parking: Parking Structure X at Gate #3 Located at S. Figueroa Blvd. and 35th Street Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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The Fall 2012 concert calendar for the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.