Theater | Music | Lectures | Dance | Exhibits

November 2001 – February 2002


Theater

Mansfield Park, adapted by Willis Hall
Poor modest Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy relatives in this 1994 dramatic adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1814 novel exploring the social and moral values of three families. (213-740-2167)
Nov. 8-11, Scene Dock Theatre, $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 USC students.

Picnic at Hanging Rock, adapted by Laura Shamas
On a drowsy St. Valentine’s Day in 1900, a party of Australian schoolgirls go on an outing to Hanging Rock. Three girls and a teacher disappear; one of them resurfaces a week later, remembering almost nothing. Author Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel was the basis for the critically acclaimed Peter Weir film, and playwright Laura Shamas has adapted the mystery for the stage. (213-740-2167)
Nov. 15-18, Bing Theater, $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 USC students.

The Illusion, adapted by Tony Kushner
A father seeks a sorcerer’s assistance to find his runaway son in this fanciful adaptation of Cornielle’s 1636 drama of enchantment, L’Illusion Comique. Playwright Kushner is best known for his two-part Tony Award-winning drama, Angels in America. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 7-10, Scene Dock Theatre, $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 USC students.

Ring Round the Moon, adapted by Christopher Fry
Twin brothers – one sensitive and shy, the other cruel and manipulative – compete for the heart of an heiress. Meanwhile, a beautiful dancer falls in love with one of the twins, but who knows which one? Mistaken identity and intentional deception collide with honest emotion in this adaptation of playwright Jean Anouilh’s romantic comedy, Invitation au Château. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 14-17, Bing Theater, $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 USC students.


Music

Thornton Music Masters Series:
Daniel Pollack
World-famous pianist and recording artist Daniel Pollack gives a rare faculty recital. Pollack has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Moscow State Philharmonic, London’s Royal Philharmonic and many other organizations. His recent CDs include the complete solo piano works of Samuel Barber and an all-Chopin recital recorded in St. Petersburg. (213-740-2584)
Nov. 4, 4 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall, free.

Thornton Symphony
Principal conductor Sergiu Comissiona leads a program that includes Toch’s “Pinocchio, a Merry Overture”; Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin; and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. (213-740-2584)
Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $12 general, $5 students and seniors, free with USC ID.

Thornton Wind Ensemble
Principal conductor H. Robert Reynolds and resident conductor Sharon Lavery present an evening of wind music, including “Profanation” from Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Dahl’s Sinfonietta and Robert Patterson’s Stomp Igor. (213-740-2584)
Nov. 18, 4 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free

University Orchestra
Principal conductor Sharon Lavery leads the University Orchestra, an ensemble of non-professional USC community musicians, in a program that includes Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. (213-740-2584)
Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.

Thornton Music Masters Series:
David Allen Moore
Moore, who is a bassist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a USC Thornton School of Music graduate, presents his debut performance in the Music Masters Series. The program includes Bach’s Sonata No. 2, Schubert’s Sonata in A minor, Bottesini’s Fantasia on Bellini’s La Sonnambula and Misek’s Sonata in E minor. (213-740-2584)
Nov. 20, 8 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall, free.

Thornton Music Masters Series:
Daniel Rothmuller and Bernadene Blaha
Rothmuller, associate principal cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and pianist Blaha, soloist with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Mexico, Bermuda and Jamaica, perform a recital of works by Samuel Barber and Richard Strauss, as well as other composers. (213-740-2584)
Nov. 27, 8 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall, free.

Thornton Early Music Ensemble
Director James Tyler leads the ensemble – a consort of up to 21 musicians performing on period instruments – in a program titled “Masters of the Baroque.” (213-740-2584)
Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Alfred Newman Recital Hall, free.

University Chorus
A baroque Christmas with Granville Oldham and the University Chorus. (213-740-2584)
Dec. 2, 4 p.m., USC United University Church, free.

Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble
Acclaimed composer/conductor Donald Crockett leads the ensemble in a program of recent works that includes “Songs Without Voices” by Oliver Knussen; “Ad Parnassum” by Steven Stucky; and Michael Torke’s “Adjustable Wrench,” a post-minimalist work full of pop music references. (213-740-2584)
Dec. 4, 8 p.m., Alfred Newman Recital Hall, free.

Christmas Festival of Choirs
Combined Thornton choral groups present a festive evening that includes John La Montaine’s The Nine Lessons of Christmas. (213-740-2584)
Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., USC United University Church, free.

Juilliard String Quartet
This American quartet has been renowned internationally for more than 50 years and celebrated for its performance of the chamber music of such diverse composers as Beethoven, Bartók, Schubert and Elliot Carter. Presented by USC Spectrum. (213-740-2167)
Jan. 16-18, 7 p.m., Alfred Newman Recital Hall, $25 general, $12 USC faculty / staff and seniors, $5 USC students.

Assad Brothers
Brazilian-born guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad regularly perform in recital and with orchestras in major European music capitals, as well as throughout Australia, Israel, Asia, North America and Latin America. The Los Angeles Times said: “The interaction of the siblings is so precise, so perfectly synchronized, that it reaches far beyond musical partnership into a kind of creative symbiosis.” Presented by USC Spectrum. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $18 general, $12 USC faculty/staff and seniors, $5 USC students.


Lectures

USC School of Architecture Lecture Series: Gwendolyn Wright
Columbia University’s Wright, an expert on political meaning in design, lectures on “Colonial Spaces and Dilemmas of Modernism.” (213-740-2097)
Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Watt/Harris Complex, free.

USC School of Architecture Lecture Series: Christoph Kapeller
Norwegian architect Christoph Kapeller discusses his firm’s work on Egypt’s new wonder, a $200 million public library, in “Bibliotheca Alexandria: The Architecture of the New Library of Alexandria, Egypt.” (213-740-2097)
Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Watt/Harris Complex, free.


Dance

The Wedding, by Igor Stravinsky
First staged in Paris in 1923, this groundbreaking ballet explores gender roles via a traditional Russian wedding ceremony. Director Sharon M. Carnicke reconstructs the original Ballet Russes choreography and costumes. USC chamber singers and four pianists accompany the ensemble of USC dancers. Sponsored by the USC Arts Initiative. (213-740-2167)
Feb. 22-23, Bing Theater, $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 USC students.


Exhibits

Body of Work
This exhibit, spanning 80 years, showcases USC School of Architecture alumni art and accomplishments. (213-740-2097)
Through Nov. 10, Verle Annis Gallery, Watt/Harris Complex, free. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

USC School of Architecture in Como, Italy and Saintes, France
An exhibit of student work from the overseas programs. (213-740-2097)
Through Nov. 10, Verle Annis Gallery Watt/ Harris Complex, free. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Family Pictures/Ecumenical Icons by Willie Robert Middlebrook
This solo exhibition by one of L.A.’s best-known African-American photographer-artists includes works from the past 10 years, produced under the general title “Portraits of My People.” Focusing his lens on himself, his wife, his children, close family and friends, Middlebrook translates intimate portraits into an all-encompassing heritage of the human family. Curated by Max Schulz and Ariadni Liokatis. (213-740-4561)
Through Nov 21, USC Fisher Gallery, Watt/Harris Complex, free. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Informal tour each Tuesday at noon. Free, call 213-740-5537 for reservations.

USC Architectural Guild Traveling Fellowships
An exhibit documenting the activities of the guild’s traveling fellows. (213-740-2097)
Through Nov. 21, Verle Annis Gallery, Watt/Harris Complex, free. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Bibliotheca Alexandria
An exhibit presented by the USC School of Architecture that documents the newly constructed library in Alexandria, Egypt. (213-740-2097)
Through Nov. 21, Helen Lindhurst Architecture Gallery, Watt/Harris Complex, free. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

The Legend of Marilyn Monroe
A year after Marilyn Monroe’s death, David L. Wolper produced a feature documentary about her life. This exhibit includes many personal photographs from the star’s youth, used in the documentary and subsequently lost, which are now on public display for the first time. Presented by the USC School of Cinema-Television, the exhibit also includes photographs and manuscripts spanning Wolper’s 50-year career as a producer. (213-740-3994)
Through Nov. 28, David L. Wolper Center for the Study of the Documentary, Doheny Memorial Library, first floor, free. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Representing Women: Anonymous/Individual/Ideal
This exhibition, culled from USC Fisher Gallery’s permanent collection, presents images of women in many guises. Artwork falls within three main types: images of anonymous women involved in everyday activities and interacting with members of the opposite sex; portraits of women in which the artist is engaged with the personality of the sitter and is preoccupied with her characterization as an individual; and works featuring idealized female representations, including women in mythological or religious contexts. The exhibition includes 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, 18th-century British portraits and 20th-century photographs, miniature paintings and decorative arts. Curated by Ariadni Liokatis. (213-740-4561)
Dec. 12-Feb. 9, USC Fisher Gallery, Watt/ Harris Complex, free. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Doheny Memorial Library: Heart of the University
With the reopening of Doheny Library after more than two years of restoration and seismic retrofitting, USC Information Services is launching a major new exhibition program, to be housed in the Treasure Room on the first floor. This first exhibit examines the library’s 70-year history. (213-740-4141)
Through Jan. 15, Doheny Memorial Library, free. Hours vary, call for schedule.

Global Address
This exhibit brings together nine contemporary Los Angeles artists who maintain personal and professional ties elsewhere in the world, and whose works relate to issues arising from our increasingly globalized field of vision and experience. The subject of globalization raises concerns about the homogenization of society, the ubiquity of multi-national corporate values and the decline of national and local cultures. (213-740-4561)
Feb. 27-Apr. 9, USC Fisher Gallery, Watt/ Harris Complex, free. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Educated Acquisitions
As part of their curatorial training, the USC Museum Studies Program graduate students are sent out to Los Angeles galleries in search of an object to present for acquisition into the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition features the objects selected in this manner over the past 13 years. It includes art works by Richard Diebenkorn, Rena Small, Gronk and Salomon Huerta. Also featured are works purchased in Spain through an intensive training program for museum professionals. (213-740-4561)
Feb. 27-May. 10, USC Fisher Gallery, Watt/ Harris Complex, free. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.


HIGHLIGHT
Singing Cinderellas


Dejan Miladinovic with his two Cinderellas: Guo Guo Chen and Eva Lukkonen.

“Triomfa la bontà!” chants a jubilant chorus in the closing scene of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Good
triumphs! It’s the conviction behind Dejan Miladinovic’s staging of this sparkling, happy-ever-after Cinderella story. “Look for a light, bright, shiny, witty, humorous comedy which will enlighten our present times and bring a breeze of laughter and smiles. That was Rossini’s idea when he was writing La Cenerentola,” says Miladinovic, who marks his debut as Thornton Opera stage director with this sunny comic opera. A traditionalist who rejects “opera in jeans and walking shoes” as old-fashioned, Miladinovic prefers to dig for freshness in the orchestra score. So look for musical integrity. And listen for fabulous coloratura mezzos. Miladinovic and Thornton Opera music director Timothy Lindberg picked La Cenerentola specifically to highlight the “exceptional voices” of students Eva Lukkonen and Guo Guo Chen, who will alternate in the title role. “The coloratura mezzo is very rare,” says Miladinovic, “and when you have two, it’s really a blast.” This timeless tale told to splendid music cannot fail to make audiences rejoice in the certainty that “Triomfa la bontà!” (213-740-2584)
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Bing Theater, $10 general, $5 students and seniors, (free with USC ID.)