DEC. 4–12, 2020

About the festival

Friday, Dec. 4 to Saturday, Dec. 12, the USC Thornton School of Music presents nine nights of music – what we’re calling the Fall 2020 Festival. We’ll celebrate the resiliency and creativity this fall of USC Thornton students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and the immense artistry and dedication of musicians across the school. From early music to our orchestral program, chamber music to opera, jazz, popular music and more – the Fall 2020 Festival will culminate with a holiday concert by our exceptional choirs.
Tune in Dec. 4 - 12 each night at 7:00 p.m. (PST) to enjoy the show. All events will broadcast live on the Thornton/LIVE homepage.
All events in the Fall 2020 Festival will remain online for a limited time after initial broadcast. View the festival archive to watch past performances.
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Watch festival concerts after they air



  • The Choral and Sacred Music program presents Sounds of the Season
    Dec 12, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
    The Choral and Sacred Music program presents its annual holiday concert ringing in the season with carols and songs featuring the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, USC Thornton Concert Choir, Apollo Chorus, Oriana Choir, and the University Chorus.
  • Popular Music and Music Production Showcase
    Dec 11, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
    Students and recent alumni from the celebrated Popular Music and Music Production programs present original songs and artists in this virtual showcase.
  • Chamber Music at USC Thornton
    Dec 10, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
    A celebration of chamber music from the Fall 2020 semester including performances from the Strings and Winds & Percussion programs.
  • The Baroque Sinfonia presents “Vaya de jacara nueva: Join in a New Dance”
    USC Thornton’s early music ensemble, the Baroque Sinfonia, presents an evening of music from Guatemala and New Spain. Led by Rotem Gilbert, Jason Yoshida, and Jennifer Ellis Kampani, the ensemble will perform music by Raphael Castellanos, José Marín, José de Torres, Diego Ortíz, and Juan Vasquez.
  • An Evening with the Classical Guitar department
    Dec 08, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
    The Classical Guitar department celebrates the rich legacy of outstanding guitar ensembles at USC with an evening of student, alumni, and faculty performances.
  • Jazz Night at USC Thornton
    Dec 07, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
    An evening featuring Thornton’s jazz ensembles, including the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, USC Thornton Concert Orchestra, Honors Combo, ALAJE, and more.
  • The Vocal Arts & Opera program presents “Virtual Voices”
    Dec 06, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
    The Vocal Arts & Opera program presents an evening of new works created by student performer and composer collaborations, along with excerpts from unique dramatic works from the operatic and musical theater repertoire.
  • An Evening with the USC Thornton Symphony
    Dec 05, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
    The USC Thornton Symphony presents three movements from past performances of Beethoven, Dvořák, and Shostakovich in an evening hosted by conductor Carl St.Clair, artistic leader of the USC Thornton Orchestras, and resident conductor Sharon Lavery.
  • Highlights from Live! from Somewhere
    Dec 04, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
    A showcase of highlights from USC Thornton’s Live! from Somewhere series featuring students, alumni, and faculty performing from wherever they are.