“O Rosetta” — Songs of Love and Youth from Seventeenth-Century Italy
Time & Location
About the Event
In its first performance of the season, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presents a virtual concert of seventeenth-century Italian music. Capturing a lively spirit, the concert will feature sacred and secular songs by Claudio Monteverdi, Tarquinio Merula, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Emilio de Cavalieri, as well as instrumental dance music by Giorgio Mainerio and Giovanni Paolo Cima.
This virtual concert will broadcast on thorntonlive.usc.edu on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m. RSVP is not required.
The event's total duration is approximately 60 minutes.
About Baroque Sinfonia
The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia is an ensemble of period instruments and voices specializing in music from the late 16th through the mid-18th centuries. The ensemble was founded in 1986 by James Tyler, and is currently led by early music program director Adam Knight Gilbert and Rotem Gilbert. Classified as one of the official “large ensembles” of USC’s Thornton School of Music, the Baroque Sinfonia performs four different programs each year, capturing a wide array of sounds from the Western (and sometimes Near-Eastern) musical canon. The ensemble consists of a collection of graduate students majoring in early music, graduate students of modern instruments and classical voice minoring in early music, and a small but growing number of undergraduate students, including several composers. Many of the ensemble’s members also perform in the USC Collegium Workshop’s biannual concerts, which is devoted to Medieval and Renaissance music.
With the support of scholarships from the Colburn Foundation and funds from the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia has won the Early Music America Collegium Grant in 2008 and every year from 2011 to 2019, and has travelled to perform at the Berkeley, Boston, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals. Recent festival performances include The Songbook of Anna of Cologne: Music of the Moderno Devotion (Boston, 2017), O virgo splendens: Devotional Music of Iberia (Bloomington, 2018), and Dedans la mer: Music from the Shores of England and France (Bloomington, 2019). Its performances have also been heard over National Public Radio, and both its current members and alumni perform, research, and teach around the world. In recent years, the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia has been fortunate to collaborate with the USC Institute of Armenian Studies— producing a concert alongside talented musicians from the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan in 2019—as well as with the USC Polish Music Center. In 2016, the ensemble performed a Polish program Musica Antiqua Polonica for the 2016 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles.