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Theater

The Innocent Mistress by Mary Pix
Performed by the senior BFA class of the USC School of Theater, this 17th-century comedy was originally staged at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in 1697. Just the year before, the play’s author – dramatist and novelist Mary Pix (1666-1709) – was herself satirized in Female Wits, by an anonymous Mr. W.M. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 8-11, Bing Theater, $10 general,
$7 seniors and children under 12.

The Summer People by Maxim Gorky
One of the hidden treasures of early 20th-century Russian literature, the play (by the writer whose pseudonym means “bitter”) is a many-voiced argument at a critical moment in the life of a community, caught between a dissatisfying past and a frightening future. Performed by USC’s junior BFA class and directed by Stephanie Shroyer. (213-740-2167)
March 1-4, Scene Dock Theatre, $10 general, $7 seniors, students and children under 12.

Pippin by Stephen Schwartz
Once upon a time, the young Prince Pippin, son of the ninth-century emperor Charlemagne, longed to discover the secret of happiness and fulfillment. The USC production of this hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale – with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Roger O. Hirson – is directed by Kelly Ward. (213-740-2167)
March 29-April 1, Bing Theater, $15 general, $10 seniors, students and children under 12.

Thin Air: Tales From a Revolution by Lynn Alvarez
An American composer endangers himself and his child when he includes a revolutionary’s song on his taped collection of local music. Set in a nameless Latin American land, Thin Air explores the anxiety of a naive American who realizes that an ordinary act in a country in conflict can be tantamount to an act of war. Performed by USC’s BA students. (213-740-2167)
April 5-8, Scene Dock Theatre, $10 general, $7 seniors, students and children under 12.

BFA Sophomore Show
The first outing for the second-year Bachelor of Fine Arts acting students. (213-740-2167)
April 19-22, Scene Dock Theatre, $10 general, $7 seniors, students and children under 12.


Music

President’s Distinguished Artist Series: Isaac Stern
During the year 2000, violinist Isaac Stern celebrated two major milestones: his 80th birthday and his 40th anniversary as president of Carnegie Hall. Stern, who helped save Carnegie Hall from the wrecking ball in 1960, is not only one of the world’s best-loved violin virtuosos but also one of the world’s most formidable social activists. He recalled the fight for Carnegie in his memoir, My First 79 Years: “[It] taught me things about myself I hadn’t known before: I could sway influential people through speech; I had the ability to stir crowds not only with music but also with words…” If the audience is lucky, Stern will stir the hall with both when he joins the Thornton Symphony at USC for the first President’s Distinguished Artist concert of the 21st century. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium,
$50 general, $30 seniors.


USC Thornton Music Masters Series: Faculty and Friends in Recital
Jim Self leads the all-tuba ensemble “Los Tubas,” which also includes Norm Pearson, Doug Tornquist and Fred Greene, performing works by Gunther Schuller, Jim Self and David Peasly. (213-740-2584)
Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Guitarist Frank Potenza and pianist Shelly Berg present an evening of harmonic sophistication, rhythmic propulsion and improvisational interplay bordering on telepathy. (213-740-2584)
Feb. 13, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Trombonist Jacques Voyemont leads a jazz trombone ensemble that includes legendary Downbeat Magazine poll-winner Bill Watrous. (213-740-2584)
Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Donald Crockett, director of the Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble, has been composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pasadena Cham-ber Orchestra. (213-740-2584)
March 5, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Louise Reichlin, managing and artistic director of Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, teaches movement to Thornton School musicians. (213-740-2584)
April 8, 4 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Thornton Wind Symphony
Richard Fletcher directs the Thornton Wind Symphony in a program of music by 20th-century greats, including Kurt Weill, Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Ives and Gustav Holst. (213-740-2584)
Feb. 14, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

Pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald joins the Thornton Wind Symphony for a performance of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds. Donald Crockett’s Island and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Folk Song Suite fill out the program. (213-740-2584)
April 25, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

In Residence: Michael Hampe
World-renowned opera star Michael Hampe leads a USC Thornton School opera aria master class that is open to the public. (213-740-2584)
Feb. 16, noon-2 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

USC Thornton Opera will present scenes from Turandot, Faust, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’elisir d’amore and Susannah. Opera great Michael Hampe will introduce each scene. A reception follows the performance. (213-740-2584)
Feb. 17, 2-4 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Saint Matthew Passion
Soloists Jonathan Mack and Peter Atherton join the Thornton Choral Artists and Thornton Chamber Orchestra for a performance of J.S. Bach’s towering masterpiece, Saint Matthew Passion. (213-740-2584)
Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Pasadena First Methodist Church, Pasadena, $10 general, $5 seniors and students.

Ursula Oppens
Equally renowned as an interpreter of the established repertoire and a champion of contemporary music, pianist Ursula Oppens makes the first of two concert appearances at USC this spring, concluding the 2000-01 USC Spectrum Chamber Music Series with a performance that includes F. Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated and Beethoven’s Sonata in F and Sonata in C minor. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $20 general, $10 seniors.

In the second of two appearances at USC, pianist Ursula Oppens joins the Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble and conductor Donald Crockett for an evening of contemporary musical interpretation and collaboration, also featuring special guest Vicki Ray on piano. (213-740-2167)
March 1, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $7 general and $4 seniors and students.

Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble
Directed by Donald Crockett, the Thorn-ton Contemporary Music Ensemble will present works by Louis Andriessen and Morton Feldman, at Zipper Hall in the Colburn School of Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213-740-2584)
March 26, 8 p.m., $25 general, $20 seniors and students.

Thornton Early Music Ensemble
Director James Tyler and the Thornton Early Music Ensemble, a group that performs medieval and baroque music in the style and on the instruments of the period, present “The Passion of Musick,” music to soothe and stir the senses. (213-740-2584)
March 2, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

“Heaven and Earth” features music of the sacred and profane. (213-740-2584)
April 20, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Thornton Wind Ensemble
Cellist Nino Ruzevic joins director Richard Fletcher and the ensemble for a performance of Friedrich Gulda’s Concerto for Cello and Winds and other works. (213-740-2584)
March 7, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Thornton Symphony with Jacek Kaspzyk
Famed polish conductor Jacek Kaspzyk makes a special appearance with the Thornton Symphony in a performance which includes Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 3 and features pianist Xin Xin. (213-740-2584)
March 9, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $10 general, $5 seniors.

Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Pianist Lucy Nargizian joins the Thornton Chamber Orchestra – Yehuda Gilad, artistic director – in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D minor. Also on the program is Donald Crockett’s Antiphonies, a piece he wrote for the L.A. Chamber Orchestra when he was composer in residence. (213-740-2584)
March 23, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $7 general, $4 seniors and students.

Gwendolyn and Adolf Koldofsky Benefit Recital
The Department of Keyboard Collabora-tive Arts at the USC Thornton School presents its annual tribute and benefit to raise funds for the Koldofsky scholarships. This year’s recital will be dedicated to the memory of Brooks Smith. Performers include pianist Kevin FitzGerald, soprano Elizabeth Hynes, violinist Michelle Kim, cellist Ronald Leonard, oboist Rong-Huey Liu, soprano Jessica Rivera and violist David Walther, as well as pianist, composer and department chair Alan Smith. (213-740-2584)
March 27, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, Admission TBD.

Thornton Student Composers Recital
An evening of diverse works by student composers. (213-740-2584)
April 3, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Thornton Percussion Ensemble
Director Erik Forrester leads the acclaimed ensemble in a program titled “Tales and Legends,” which includes Doll’s House Story by István Márta, Shadow Chasers by Michael Burrit and The Legend of Sleeping Bear by John Alfieri. (213-740-2584)
April 9, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

University Orchestra
Director Sharon Lavery leads the University Orchestra, a group comprising USC Thornton School music majors as well as students and faculty from the USC community, in a program including Smetana’s The Moldau, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 and Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto with soloist Yao Zhou. (213-740-2584)
April 10, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

Thornton Horn Ensemble
The Thornton Horn Ensemble, directed by Richard Todd, will present world premieres by film composers Lee Holdridge, Brad Warnaar, Dennis McArthy and Tim Simonee. (213-740-2584)
April 11, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

USC Thornton Young Artists in Chamber Music
This showcase for chamber music students includes works by composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Stravinsky, Bartók, Messian and many others. (213-740-2584)
April 17, 19 and 23, 5:30 p.m.-midnight, Newman Recital Hall, free.

Women’s Choral Festival
David Wilson leads the Thornton Oriana Choir in a festival of women’s voices. Six additional choirs from the area will also perform. The program includes works by Brahms, Steffani, Casals, Elgar and others. (213-740-2584)
April 21, 7 p.m., United University Church, free.

Thornton Classical Guitar Department Recital
Faculty member Brian Head fills in for director James Smith, who is on sabbatical leave. The program will feature classical guitar faculty and students performing cutting-edge contemporary works. (213-740-2584)
April 21, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.

Thornton Chamber Choir
“A Brahms Liederabend”: An evening of Brahms choral lieder and various solo songs. (213-740-2584)
April 24, 7:30 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $7 general, $4 seniors and students.

Thornton Concert Choir
Director Lynn Bielefelt conducts a diverse program of choral classics and soon-to-be classics: work by Brahms, Lili Boulanger, James Hopkins, Morten Lauridsen and others. (213-740-2584)
April 25, 8 p.m., United University Church, free.


Lectures

A. J. Langguth: Our Vietnam
As part of the USC Provost’s Distinguished Writers Series, a reading by and conversation with former Vietnam war correspondent Jack Langguth, professor of journalism in USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, whose latest book, Our Vietnam, was published in November 2000 by Simon & Schuster. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $20 general, $10 seniors.

Warren Bennis: Geeks and Geezers: Leading Across Generations
As part of the USC Provost’s Distinguished Writers Series, a reading by and conversation with USC University Professor and leadership expert Warren Bennis, whose latest book is Geeks and Geezers: Leading Across Generations. (213-740-2167)
March 7, 7 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $20 general, $10 seniors.

Carol Muske-Dukes: An Octave Above Thunder
As part of the USC Provost’s Distinguished Writers Series, a reading by and conversation with poet and novelist Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English at USC. Her most recent book of poetry is An Octave Above Thunder; a new novel, Life After Death, is due in the spring. (213-740-2167)
April 5, 7 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $20 general, $10 seniors.

18th Annual Getty Lecture Series
Three lectures on “Three Ways of Looking at Velázquez and the Spinners,” by Svetlana Alpers, professor emerita at UC Berkeley and visiting research professor at New York University. A preeminent scholar of 17th-century European art known best for her work on Dutch painting, she has also published seminal works on art historical methods, Flemish and Italian art, and Tiepolo. (213-740-4552)
March 27, March 29 and April 3, 6:30 p.m., Harris Hall, Rm. 101, free.


Poetry

The Watts Prophets
Performance poets Richard Dedeaux, Father Amde Hamilton and Otis Solomon – representing “hope,” “fire” and “love,” respectively – first met each other in their 20s at the Watts Writers Workshop, started by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg after the riots of 1965. Today, the trio is still local and still uses rhythm and rhyme to reach people, raise consciousness and probe the realities of racism, poverty and violence in America.
Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $15 general, $8 seniors.


Dance

Donald Byrd’s ‘Little Byrds’
A selection of choreographer Donald Byrd’s favorite duets and trios from his most popular evening-length works, including Bristle, The Harlem Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $15 general, $8 seniors.

Helios Dance Theatre
Founded in 1996, this all-woman dance troupe is intent on recognizing ways in which women interact with society’s stringent gender codes. (213-740-2167)
April 12, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $15 general, $8 seniors.

Spring Dance Concert
The students of Margo Apostolos, director of dance at the USC School of Theatre. (213-740-2167)
April 26 and 27, 7 p.m., Bing Theater, $10 general, $7 seniors, students and children under 12.


Film

3rd Annual Latina/o Student Film Festival
Student film projects from the School of Cinema-Television. (213-764-6754)
April 14, 3-6 p.m., Norris Cinema Theatre, free.


Exhibits

Trojans of Ebony Hue: Role Models for All Generations
Profiles and memorabilia of USC black alumni who have made significant personal and professional contributions to Los Angeles and the nation, from the USC Black Alumni Association’s “Decades of Diversity” project. (213-740-8342)
February 4-28, Planners and Developers Archive Gallery, Lewis Hall, free.

Lost and Found: Rediscovering Early Photographic Processes
Featuring a selection of 19th-century American daguerreotype, ambrotype and tintype portraits from the collection of the Seaver Center for Western History Research at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Also featured are works by Chuck Close, Stephen Berkman, Luis Gonzalez Palma and Jayne Hinds Bidaut, contemporary artists who revive these early photographic processes. The show is curated by students from USC’s Museum Studies Program, Class of 2002, and Robert Sobieszek, deputy director and curator of photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (213-740-4561)
March 7-April 21, USC Fisher Gallery, Harris Hall, free.

Living in Huntington Park
Photographs by architecture students Pablo Garcia and Maya Konieczny of everyday life in Huntington Park, Calif., focusing on the streetscape; informal commercial activity; how the streets, alleys and garages are used; and who is on the street at what time of day. (213-740-0355)
March 5-June 1, Planners and Developers Archive Gallery, Lewis Hall, free.

Maynard Dixon’s ‘Jinks Room’ Murals
Originally commissioned in 1912 by Anita Baldwin McClaughry, daughter of Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, the murals were installed in the children’s playroom (or “Jinks Room”) at the Anoakia Mansion in Arcadia until their donation to USC by the Lowry B. McCaslin family. The murals are unusual for Maynard Dixon – who is renowned for his depiction of the life and landscape of the American West – in that they feature a parade of trolls, fairies,
friars and jesters in medieval dress. (213-740-4561)
Through May 11, Klinger Gallery, Quinn Wing, USC Fisher Gallery, Harris Hall, free.


February – May 2001

HIGHLIGHT
Hip and Hoppin’ Danny Hoch

Performance artist Danny Hoch.

One of the first artists to bridge urban music and theater, performance artist Danny Hoch, writes the New York Times, is “the hip-hop chameleon from Queens, inspired as much by the scrawls on subway walls as by anything on paper.”
A graduate of New York’s High School of Performing Arts, he is one of the few artists under 30 to garner national recognition: the Gen-X actor, writer and solo performer has been called “the voice of the new generation.” His three solo shows, “Pot Melting,” “Some People” and “Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop,” have toured over 50 cities to sold-out houses and have won numerous awards – including two Obies, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award and a 1998 Cal Arts/Alpert Award in Theater. His work has earned him an NEA Fellowship, Sundance Writers Fellowship, 1999 Tennessee Williams Fellowship and, most recently, a 2000-2001 fellowship from the New School’s Vera List Center for Culture and Politics.
Hoch will bring his Obie award-winning “Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop” to USC, in conjunction with the USC Department of English Graduate Student National Conference on Theater and Performance. The show is sponsored by the USC Arts Initiative, USC Spectrum and the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Bing Theater, $15 general, $10 seniors and students.


Poet and novelist Carol Muske-Dukes (Dear Digby, An Octave Above Thunder) will read from her works as part of the USC Provost’s Distinguished Writers Series, April 5, in Newman Recital Hall.

Art in Motion II

Jose Javier Martinez, Luz (still detail), from AIM I.

The second annual international festival of time-based media is presented by USC’s School of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Taking on the theme “The Vanishing Author?” in a juried exhibit, a concurrent sym-posium and an educational outreach program, AIM II will take place over a three-day period on the Univer-sity Park Campus and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (213-740-ARTS; www.usc.edu/aim)
Feb. 15-17, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., various locations, free.


“Rachel,” ambrotype by Stephen Berkman, from the Fisher Gallery exhibit “Lost and Found: Rediscovering Early Photographic Processes,” opening March 7.

Photo of Muske-Dukes by Henry Grossman

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