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Dear Friends:

Thank you for an incredible 10th season of Visions and Voices. It has been wonderful to bring the USC and Los Angeles communities together for performances and presentations by Alonzo King LINES Ballet; Hubbard Street 2; Martha Graham Dance Company; The Gloaming; Korean hip hop stars Garion, Dok2, The Quiett, and DJ Son; Junot Diaz; Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder of Serial; Arianna Huffington; and many others! We hope your experiences at these events have been engaging and inspiring. And we would love to hear from you. Let us know which events you remember most, what you learned at the events, or how this initiative has impacted you. Please email your feedback to

The success of Visions and Voices would not be possible without a fantastic team of people from across the university who contribute to the initiative. I would like to thank Provost Michael Quick; Associate Vice Provost Robin Romans; Professor Tara McPherson, chair of the Visions and Voices faculty committee; Dean Robert Cutietta, chair of the Visions and Voices deans’ council; and Adam Rosen, Assistant Vice President of University Events, for their support and leadership. I would also like to thank the many deans, faculty, staff, and students from throughout the university who helped select and organize the 2015–16 season of events. And I want to thank our small but amazing Visions and Voices staff—Mary Megowan, Marie-Reine Velez, Eve NaRanong, Hector Catalan, and Steve Lin; our student coordinators—Nadja Barlera and Rica Maestas; and an awesome team of student volunteers. I am grateful for your outstanding commitment and work throughout the year! Last but not least, I want to thank the students of USC. This initiative was created for you, and your support of the program has been remarkable. We greatly appreciate your participation and feedback and we thank you for making Visions and Voices a vital part of the Trojan experience.

I am excited to offer a glimpse of what’s to come in the new season. We will launch the season on Thursday, August 18, with “SPARK! The 11th Annual Visions and Voices Multimedia Kickoff” featuring music, dance, spoken word, theatre, and more! Other highlights include international dance phenomenon Lil Buck performing with acclaimed cellist Ashley Bathgate; a collaboration featuring one of the world’s leading dancers, Wendy Whelan, with contemporary choreographer Brian Brooks, and the groundbreaking string quartet Brooklyn Rider; a flamenco version of Antigone by the stunning Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca; concerts and conversations with the epic South L.A. jazz artist Kamasi Washington and, from Guatemala, the fierce feminist rapper Rebeca Lane; Ridley Scott in person for a three-day film festival celebrating an unparalleled career that includes Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma and Louise; an evening with one of today’s most celebrated contemporary artists Shirn Neshat; plus so much more! Visit our website on Wednesday, July 6, for a complete schedule of 2016–17 events.

To the students of USC, I want to congratulate the graduating class of 2016, especially Visions and Voices student coordinator Rica Maestas and Visions and Voices volunteers Ariana Aboulafia, Danqing Bai, Jazmin Dizon, Miranda Due, Kalan Leaks, Moriah Mulroe, Jenna Neish, Ana Ramos, Madeleine Rodriguez, Hannah Sur, and Tiffany Young! We are so proud of you and we will miss you! And for those who will be returning to USC in the fall or will be joining the university for the first time, we look forward to seeing you on August 18 at SPARK! We hope you have a spectacular, culturally rich summer.

Daria Yudacufski
Executive Director
USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative

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Piatigorsky International Cello Festival Gala Opening Concert



Piatigorsky International Cello Festival Gala Opening Concert
Sunday, May 15, 4:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Visions and Voices has a few free tickets left for USC students, staff, and faculty (one free ticket per valid ID). RSVP online now!

Join us for the gala opening concert of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Presented by the USC Thornton School of Music and the LA Philharmonic, the festival is a 10-day extravaganza named after the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. The festival’s spectacular opening concert will include improvisation by the immensely gifted Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima; cello duos with the outstanding German cellists Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Jens Peter Maintz; and a tango compendium featuring the Argentinian/Italian cellist Antonio Lysy, who will be joined on stage by tango dancers and a chamber ensemble. The festival will feature solo and chamber performances by visiting artists from around the world, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Emerson and Calder quartets.
Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
For more info and to RSVP for the free tickets to the gala opening concert, click here. To buy tickets for the festival, click here.


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