Three-time US Scottish fiddle champion Bonnie Rideout joins Hesperus a renowned group founded in 1979 and comprising several ensembles for a concert of Celtic Roots: jigs, reels and hornpipes popular in the current Celtic revival as well as several numbers that have yet to be performed this century. (213-740-7111)
March 2, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $12.
USC Early Music Ensemble
Performing on period instruments, the EME presents a concert of works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, with music director James Tyler.
March 3, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $7.
James Tyler directs a program of music for the English stage, court and opera circa 1650-1700.
April 11, 8 p.m., Thorne Hall, Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, $7.
USC Vincent DeRosa Scholarship Benefit
A gala concert of works by Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Kamen, Henry Mancini and others to honor the accomplishments of horn instructor Vincent DeRosa and to help a establish a scholarship fund in his name. Performers include the USC Horn Choir, joined by USC alumnus and faculty member Richard Todd. (213-740-3233)
March 4, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, call for admission.
Darius Milhauds Scaramouche, Hector Berliozs Symphonie fantastique and Alex-ander Glazunovs Concerto for Alto Saxo-phone and String Orchestra. Jung-Ho Pak directs.
March 5, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $10.
Principal guest conductor Sergiu Comissiona, music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, offers a program that includes Schuberts Rosamunde Overture, Ravels Piano Concerto in G and Shosta-kovichs Symphony No. 9.
April 2, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $10.
USC Wind Ensemble and USC Woodwind and Brass Quintet
Yehuda Gilad and Douglas Lowry conduct a joint concert featuring Yoshiokas Rhap-sody for Marimba, Flute, Clarinet, Double Bass and Drums as well as woodwind and brass quintet masterpieces.
March 24, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.
USC Percussion Ensemble
Erik Forrester directs a program of works by Cage, Varèse, Takemitsu and USC faculty member Erica Muhl.
March 29, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, free.
Since reviewers frequently describe Oumou Sangares voice as haunting, it is no surprise it is prominently featured in Jonathan Demmes recent film of Toni Morrisons Beloved. A superstar in West Africa and a public figure in her homeland, Mali, Sangare weaves the traditional sound of Wassoulou the thickly wooded area south of the River Niger with a message that is distinctly contemporary.
April 6, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $12.
A modern work by a living composer: Postcard From Morocco (1971) by Dominick Argento.
April 23-25, Bing Theatre, $10.
The Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and University Orchestra in Anton Bruckners Mass in F Minor.
April 30, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10750 Ohio Avenue, Westwood, $7.
Spring Dance Concert
Margo Apostolos, director of dance in the USC School of Theatre, presents a multi-genre concert featuring student choreography and guest artists.
March 11, 7 p.m., Bing Theatre, free.
Presidents Distinguished Lecture Series: Brian Mulroney
Canadas prime minister from 1984 to 1993, Mulroney presided over wide-ranging reforms, most notably the North American Free Trade Agreement, a reduction in federal spending, an overhaul of the federal tax structure and a reinvigorated presence on the international scene.
April 7, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $30.
Michael Fuchs took HBO from being a start-up venture with a questionable future to the largest and most successful pay-television company in the world. (213-740-7111)
Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $12.
Dee Dee Myers
The first woman and youngest person ever to serve as White House press secretary (1993-94), Dee Dee Myers, now Washington editor of Vanity Fair, talks about current affairs with David Brancaccio of Market-place.
March 30, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $12.
The author of 15 volumes of poetry, three jazz operas, seven nonfiction books, a novel and over 20 plays (including the Obie Award-winning Dutchman), Amiri Baraka was active in the Black Panther Party for Self Defense from the mid-1960s until 1974, when he rejected nationalism and affirmed instead his commitment to international socialism. The program includes three Baraka scenes performed by USC theater students and a conversation with the audience hosted by David Brancaccio of Marketplace.
April 13, 7 p.m., Bing Theatre, $12.
Architectural drawings, photographs and models from one of Mexicos most renowned architects.
Through Feb. 19, Helen Lindhurst Architecture Gallery, free.
Norma Birnberg Shayer
Works in oil and pastel by Norma Birnberg-Shayer. Specializing in painting portraits, people in motion, seascapes, landscapes and Judaica, Shayer regularly travels to her birthplace, Ecuador, for inspiration and ideas.
Through March 2, USC Hillel Gallery, free.
Open House West
Open House West: Museum Architecture and Changing Civic Identity examines how museums have evolved from dead storage centers for art to integral components in diverse communities. The exhibit features models, plans, drawings and photo wall murals of many West Coast museums, among them the Getty Center and California Science Center.
March 10-April 26, USC Fisher Gallery, free.