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Theater

Saturday, Sunday, Monday by Eduardo De Filippo
Allan Hendrick directs a comedy by one of Italy’s most popular playwrights, in which three generations of a Neapolitan family
prepare for the ritual of Sunday dinner.
(213-740-7111)
Feb. 27 - March 3, Bing Theater.

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Kurt Weill
Adapted by Marc Blitzstein and directed by David Ackles, this show (not an opera), first produced in Berlin just prior to the rise of Nazism, follows the exploits of Mack the Knife as he slices his way through London’s bourgeois society. (213-740-7111)
April 3-7 and April 10-14, Bing Theater.

A Slice of Rice
A contemporary festival of theater, dance, story and music featuring Asian-American performers in an exploration of the quirks and unique perspectives of being Asian in America. (213-740-7111)
April 1, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $10.


Music

USC Symphony
Lionel Friend, guest conductor, Roberto Cani, violin soloist. Elgar: “In the South”; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Nielson: Symphony No. 3 “Expansiva.” (213-740-7111)
March 7, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $5.

Faculty Recitals

James Smith and Friends, with Endre Balogh, violin; John Walz, cello; Barbara Northcutt, oboe; Mitchell Lurie, clarinet, and others. Music by Turina, Villa-Lobos, Gershwin, Eastwood, Falla and more. (213-740-7111)
March 2, 2 p.m., Hancock Auditorium, $5.

Janice McVeigh, soprano; Alan Smith, piano. Works by American composers including Alan Smith, John Harbison, Charles Griffes and others. (213-740-7111)
March 4, 8 p.m., Hancock Auditorium, $5.

Alan Smith, piano; Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano (Metropolitan Opera Young Artist). Works by Gustav Mahler, Alan Smith and others. (213-740-7111)
March 25, 8 p.m., Hancock Auditorium, $5.

Scott Tennant, classical guitar. Works for the solo guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo and works by Brian Head and Dusan Bogdanovic.
(213-740-7111)
April 24, 7:30 p.m., Hancock Auditorium, $5.

USC Early Music Ensemble

James Tyler, conductor

Renaissance music from the Parisian court and French and German baroque music.
(213-740-7111)
Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Hancock Auditorium, $5.

Masters of the Renaissance and Baroque Periods. (213-740-7111)
April 23, 8 p.m., Hancock Auditorium, $5.

USC Wind Ensemble

Yehuda Gilad, director. Mozart: E Flat Serenade and more. (213-740-7111)
Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Hancock Auditorium, free.

USC Percussion Ensemble

Erik Forrester, director. Works by Carl Vine, Mark Spraggins and Lou Harrison. (213-740-7111)
March 31, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

USC Symphonic Winds

Douglas Lowry, conductor; Shelton Berg, piano soloist. Works by Gershwin, Satie, Dana Wilson and Russell Peck.
(213-740-7111)
April 9, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

USC Opera

The Bartered Bride, a comic opera in three acts, by Bedrich Smetana, with libretto by Karel Sabina, is this spring’s featured opera. It is the story of Marenka, who wants to marry Jenik but whose parents have a different spouse in mind. The high jinks proceed with typical 19th-century frivolity, beginning with the intercession of a marriage broker, and including much disguise and deception as well as a traveling circus with ballerina and dancing bear. As one would expect, all ends well in what is regarded as one of the greatest Czech operas. Ward Holmquist, conductor; David Pfeiffer, director. (213-740-7111)
April 18 at 8 p.m., April 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., April 20 at 2 p.m., Bing Theatre, $7.50.

USC Contemporary Music Ensemble
Donald Crockett, conductor. David Lang: Illumination Rounds; Don Freund: Hard Cells. (213-740-7111)
April 15, 8 p.m., Hancock Auditorium, $5.

USC Chamber Singers
William Dehning, conductor. Works by Monteverdi, Lauridsen, Leighton, Brahms and Lassus. (213-740-7111)
April 25, 7:30 p.m.,
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church,
Westwood, $15.

USC Concert Choir
David Wilson, conductor. “Psalms and Canticles – Renaissance to Contemporary.” Works by Lauridsen, Kverno, Foss and Wilberg.
April 26, 7 p.m.,
United University Church, free.


USC University Chorus
David Means, conductor. Rutter: Gloria; Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine; Mozart: Ave verum corpus. (213-740-7111)
April 27, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

Jazz City ’97:
USC Spectrum presents its annual week-long Jazz Festival:

Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe: “A Tribute to Sun Ra.” Trumpet player, vocalist and composer Michael Ray, former Sun Ra lead trumpeter, and an assembly of the great band’s alumni and associates continue the Sun Ra tradition of jazz-funk improvisation and visual spectacle. (213-740-2167)
April 14, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

L.A. Jazz Choir, directed by Gerry Eskelin. Twelve singers, together with a powerful rhythm section, present sophisticated arrangements with joyful abandon. Includes a set by the USC Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
(213-740-2167)
April 15, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

Hal Galper Trio. Pianist, composer, educator and author, Galper is known for his work with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Stan Getz, Cannon-ball Adderley, John Scofield and Phil Woods. (213-740-2167)
April 16, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

Billy Harper Quintet. Tenor saxophonist Harper with Eddie Henderson on trumpet and flugelhorn, Francesca Tanksley on piano, Louie Spears on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums. (213-740-2167)
April 17, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.


Fisher Gallery

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the academic year. Admission is free. For more information, call (213) 740-4561.

Ut Poesis Pictura: J.M.W. Turner’s Illustrations to the British Poets
J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), to some the greatest landscape painter of the 19th century, is primarily known these days for his treatment of light. This exhibition discloses another aspect of his talent, as an illustrator of books of poems. A popular form in the 19th century, these illustrations were often entombed on dusty book shelves as the poets’ work fell from favor. Often, prints were torn from their bindings and sold off individually. A completecollection is therefore something of a find, and the Fisher exhibition offers a rare chance to see a complete collection of Turner’s illustrations of the British Poets. Last exhibited in 1975, in England, the prints sparked renewed interest in Turner as a literary painter.
Curated by Lynn Matteson, associate professor of fine arts, with the graduate students of the Museum Studies Program and museum piano, Louie Spears on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums. (213-740-2167)
April 17, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

Fisher Gallery Wake Up Call!
Los Angeles poet Suzanne Lummis, editor of the Grand Passion Anthology, Ryan Oba, poet and teacher at Santa Monica City College, and Austin Straus, poet and book illustrator, discuss issues related to contemporary poetry.
March 21, 6 p.m.

Romantic Music and Harold in Italy
Janet Johnson, professor of music history, will discuss the genre of Romantic music with
special emphasis on Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, an adaptation of Byron’s Childe Harold (1812).
April 15, 12 noon.

Manila 1944-45: As Trudl Saw It
On-the scene watercolors by Austrian-born dancer Trudl Dubsky Zipper.
Goodstein Reading Room through April.

The Drinking Maiden
A life-size turn-of-the-century sculpture by Ernst Wenck continues as the centerpiece of an exhibition of works by Wenck and others from the Fisher Gallery’s permanent collection. Trinkendes Maedchen (“Drinking Maiden”) was Wenck’s most famous piece, winning national prizes after it was completed in 1901. The execution and pose are heavily influenced by Greek and Roman models, including representations of the goddesses Artemis and Aphrodite in both painting and sculpture.
Quinn Wing, through April.

The Net Maiden
A unique Internet installation uses World Wide Web-controlled machines to allow remote computer users to explore – and move – the Fisher Gallery’s 800-pound “Drinking Maiden” as part of a collaborative “Interactive Art Museum” project. Funded by the USC Annenberg Center for Communication with support by the School of Engineering’s Integrated Media Systems Center, the project uses a camera-equipped robotic arm for stereo viewing and a moveable turntable. The Web interface and robotic controls were designed and executed by 20-year-old undergraduate Steve Goldberg, working under the super-vision of robotics expert George A. Bekey of the School of Engineering.
http://digimuse.usc.edu/museum.html


Lectures

Sherman Alexie
Regarded as the voice of Native American culture and author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Alexie reads from his work and answers questions from the audience. (213-740-7111)
March 25, 7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, $10.

Ursula K. LeGuin
The Washington Post described LeGuin as “one of the few science-fiction writers who have made the leap to be considered an important writer, period.” Her honors include a National Book Award, the Kafka Award and the Howard Vursell Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This USC Spectrum program includes a question and answer session with the audience. (213-740-7111)
April 8, 7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, $10.


Dance

Yaelisa & the Solera Flamenco Dance Company
The finest in traditional flamenco dance, the Emmy award-winning choreographer and dancer presents a rousing evening of this passionate dance style. (213-740-7111)
March 18, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $10.



February1997 -
May 1997

HIGHLIGHT

A scene from the popular film 100 Men and a Girl by the emigré trio of director Henry Koster, producer Joe Pasternak and scriptwriter Felix Jackson.

During the 1930s, many German and Austrian artists and writers came to Los Angeles to escape Hitler’s Germany. Their talents had a lasting impact on the city’s cultural and artistic life – in film, theater, music and the universities. Composer Arnold Schoenberg, theater director Max Reinhardt, writer Thomas Mann and film director Fritz Lang were among those who shared their artistry with students at USC.
USC’s Max Kade Institute for German, Austrian and Swiss Studies celebrates this extraordinary period in the Southland’s history with a program of events that begins with a slide-illustrated lecture on the “Hollywood of the Emigrés” by institute director Cornelius Schnauber. Schnauber is an associate professor of German and the author of Spaziergänge durch Hollywood der Emigranten, recently published in English as Hollywood Haven – Houses and Haunts of European Emigrés and Exiles in Los Angeles.
The series coincides with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Spring Exhibition “Exiles and Emigrés: 1933-45,” (Feb. 23 - May 11). Designed by Los Angeles architect (and USC School of Architecture alumnus) Frank O. Gehry, the LACMA exhibition focuses on the work of 23 artists-in-exile during the 12 years of Nazi rule, including Kandinsky, Kokoschka, Léger, Ernst, Tanguy and Chagall, and architects Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. For information on LACMA call 213-857-6000; for the Max Kade Institute, call 213-743-8066.

Related Events
Strolling Through the Hollywood of the Emigrés
Slide-illustrated lecture on the homes of famous emigrés of the ’30s and ’40s by Cornelius Schnauber.
(213-525-3388; 213-743-2707)
March 4, 7:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 5700 Wilshire Blvd. #110, free.

Three Smart Guys: Henry Koster, Joe Pasternak and Felix Jackson at Universal
Video-illustrated lecture by Helmut Asper of the University of Bielefeld. (213-743-2707)
March 17, 7:30 p.m., Max Kade Institute, 2714 S. Hoover St., free.

Henry Koster, Painter
An exhibition of portraits by the director of Harvey. (213-743-2707)
March 17 through March 21, 2-5 p.m., Max Kade Institute, 2714 S. Hoover St., free.

Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss...
Constance Hauman, accompanied by William Vendice of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, presents cabaret, opera, operetta and songs by Schoenberg, Weill, Hollander, and others. Tickets from the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101. Information: 213-743-2707.
April 6, 7:30 p.m., Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, $30.

“I Prefer the Movie Rabble in Hollywood”: Authors, Film Composers and the Mann Family
Video clips and panel discussion with Curt Siodmak, author and film director in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s; Rudy Fehr, former post-production manager of Warner Bros; and Konrad Kellen, former secretary of Thomas Mann. (213-525-3388)
April 17, 7:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 5700 Wilshire Blvd. #110, free.

Hannah Arendt: Exile, Identity, Politics
Dagmar Barnouw of the Department of German discusses the effect of exile on Arendt’s philosophy.
(213-743-2707)
May 5, 7:30 p.m., Max Kade Institute, 2714 S. Hoover St., free.


Ernst Wenck’s “Drinking Maiden” (Trinkendes Maedchen), which is on view through April in Fisher Gallery and around the world via the World Wide Web as part of USC’s collaborative “Interactive Art Museum” project. Web surfers (http://digimuse.usc.edu/museum.html) can move a turntable to see her from eight different angles and manipulate a camera-equipped robotic arm for a closer view.


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