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Dear Friends:

Tonight, the infinitely inventive composer Ken Butler will inspire you to hear the music in everything. Later this week, don’t miss MacArthur “Genius” Rick Lowe’s visionary take on urban life and a dramatic reading from Sophocles’ Ajax. And don’t forget to RSVP for a gorgeous concert by Irish-music supergroup The Gloaming. Read on for details about these and other exciting events!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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11/1: Paul Dooley: Music Deconstructed, more info

11/1: The Musical and Comedic Sinatra, more info

11/5: Sinatra on Film, more info


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Hybrid Visions

 

 

Hybrid Visions, Anxious Objects: The Musical Instruments of Ken Butler
Monday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. While advance reservations are full, tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Called “ceaselessly inventive” by the New York Times, visionary composer and performer Ken Butler turns everyday things into wondrous musical instruments, illuminating and transforming our ideas of common and uncommon objects, sounds and silence. “Butler can play anything from umbrellas to power tools,” wrote a Village Voice critic. And not only can he play any object, he can play it virtuosically and energetically, thrilling audiences with inventiveness and melody. Butler will bring some of his extraordinary hybrid instruments to USC for a performance and discussion, followed by an opportunity for the audience to play these unique and exciting instruments.
Organized by Karen Koblitz (Art and Design) and Veronika Krausas (Music).
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Urban Visions

 

 

Urban Visions: Art as Social Practice
- Gallery Exhibition: Monday, September 21 through Friday, October 2, School of Cinematic Arts Gallery, Room 120
- Lecture and Workshop with Rick Lowe: Saturday, September 26, 2 to 4:30 p.m., School of Cinematic Arts 108 and 120
- Explore Leimert Park Walking Tour: Sunday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free. The exhibition, lecture, and workshop are open to everyone. The walking tour is open to USC students only. Lecture: Tickets will be available at the door. Workshop: Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Walking tour: Tickets will be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 9:30 a.m.
Urban Visions: Art as Social Practice is a three-part series exploring the ways in which certain ubiquitous elements of city life somehow seem invisible. At a time when the arts as social practice is becoming increasingly institutionalized, can artists continue to promote ethical and meaningful public engagement? Participants are invited to experience interactive and immersive media art, talk with artists about how they reimagine urban space, and explore nearby neighborhoods with a guided arts tour. On Saturday, September 26, artist Rick Lowe, a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant,” will present an overview of his own work, including the celebrated Project Row Houses, a community-based arts and culture organization in one of Houston’s oldest African American neighborhoods. After his talk, Lowe will lead a workshop on ways to connect art to neighborhood revitalization and community engagement. On Sunday, September 27, Lowe will lead a tour of Leimert Park, a hub of African American arts and culture in Los Angeles, during its monthly art walk.
Organized by Holly Willis (Cinematic Arts) and Annette M. Kim (Public Policy).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Wounded Warrior

 

 

The Wounded Warrior: Outside the Wire’s Theater of War Presents a Dramatic Reading of Scenes from Sophocles’ Ajax
Thursday, September 24, 4 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sophocles wrote Ajax in ancient Greece for an audience reeling from the ravages of war. The play tells the story of a fierce warrior who slips into a depression and ultimately takes his own life. Written by a veteran during an era of near-constant war, Ajax appears to have served a powerful public-health purpose, helping the Greeks address the moral, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of war. Through its innovative Theater of War program, the social-impact theatre company Outside the Wire will present dramatic readings from Ajax followed by a discussion about how today’s veterans and their communities can heal from the deep wounds of war.
Organized by Pamela Schaff (Pediatrics and Family Medicine), Lyn Boyd-Judson (Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics), and Alexander Capron (Law and Medicine). Co-sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics, the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Gloaming

 

 

The Gloaming
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Friday, October 2
7:30 p.m.: Pre-show Conversation
8 p.m.: Concert
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

”A staggering display of both emotion and virtuosity“—The Guardian
Join us for a very special evening with The Gloaming, the Irish-music supergroup whose 2014 debut album made “best of the year” lists around the world. Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill, and Thomas Bartlett a.k.a. Doveman—a sean-nós singer, two fiddlers, a guitarist, and a pianist—reinvigorate an ancient musical tradition with thoroughly modern innovation. The Gloaming reworks Irish music while remaining faithfully connected to its roots. Their music is rousing, ethereal, and utterly gorgeous. Prior to the performance, Joanna Demers, associate professor in the USC Thornton School of Music, will host a pre-show conversation with Martin Hayes.
Presented in collaboration with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

True Tales from County Hospital

 

 

True Tales from County Hospital: Race, Class, and Trauma at LAC+USC
Saturday, October 3, 4 to 9 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center is one of the largest public hospitals and medical training centers in the United States and the largest single provider of health care in Los Angeles County. Two recent documentaries will be screened that illuminate both its past and present practices. A reception and panel discussion with the filmmakers and physicians will be held between the two films. No Más Bebés (No More Babies), by Academy Award–nominated director Renee Tajima-Peña and producer/historian Virginia Espino, investigates the history of women of Mexican origin who contend that they were coercively sterilized at LAC+USC during the 1960s and ’70s. Made by physician Ryan McGarry, Code Black gives viewers unprecedented access to one of the nation’s busiest emergency rooms as a team of doctors wrestles with the challenges of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Both films raise critical questions about the care of poor and immigrant populations in the United States.
Organized by Mark Jonathan Harris (Cinematic Arts).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

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Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel

 

 

Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
An Experience L.A. Event

Tuesday, October 6
Depart USC at 6:30 p.m.; return at 10:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. While advance reservations are full, we are currently accepting waitlist reservations.
“[T]he central work of Western classical music”—The Guardian
Los Angeles Philharmonic artistic director and conductor Gustavo Dudamel, with the LA Phil, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will present Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, almost universally considered to be the greatest work by one of the greatest composers of all time. The monumental Choral Symphony features the first use of voices in a symphony, including the famous “Ode to Joy.” The LA Phil will perform with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, which is composed of more than 200 young musicians between the ages of 18 and 28.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, click here.

 

 
 

The Sound of Music

 

 

The Sound of Music
An Experience L.A. Event

Wednesday, October 7
Depart USC at 6:30 p.m.; return at 11:30 p.m.
Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. While advance reservations are full, we are currently accepting waitlist reservations.

Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien brings a lavish new production of The Sound of Music to Los Angeles’s Ahmanson Theatre. The vibrant, romantic story of Maria and the von Trapp family features songs that have been beloved by audiences since the musical’s 1959 premiere: “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and of course “The Sound of Music.” Don’t imagine that you know The Sound of Music if you have only seen the movie. As Ted Chapin of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization notes, “The stage show and the movie version are each their own entity, and are [both] brilliant.”
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, click here.

 

 
 

Singing in the Lion's Mouth

 

 

Singing in the Lion’s Mouth: Music as Resistance to Genocide
- Screenings of Screamers and Following the Ninth: Saturday, October 10, 4 to 9:30 p.m., School of Cinematic Arts 108
- Symposium: Sunday, October 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Forum Room, Ronald Tutor Campus Center
- Concert: Sunday, October 11, Pre-concert Reception at 6:30 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m., Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required for the screenings and concert.
Can music resound against violent oppression? To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a weekend of events will explore the role of music in resisting mass violence and raising consciousness. On Saturday, we will screen two documentaries: Screamers (2006) observes how the rock band System of a Down raised awareness of the Armenian Genocide, and Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony (2013) examines how people around the world have used “Ode to Joy” to resist dictatorships. Sunday, an international symposium will explore music as a tool of resistance during the Holocaust, the Armenian and Indonesian genocides, Apartheid-era South Africa, and elsewhere. Sunday night, join us for a powerful concert featuring students from the USC Thornton School of Music.
Organized by Wolf Gruner (Jewish Studies and History), Nick Strimple (Music), and USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research in collaboration with the USC Thornton School of Music.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP for the screenings, click here; to RSVP for the symposium, click here; and to RSVP for the concert, click here.

 

 
 

Earth's Waters

 

 

Earth’s Waters: Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans in Poetry and Music
Monday, October 12, 7 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

From William Shakespeare’s “Full Fathom Five” to W.B. Yeats’s “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” poetry has attempted to reflect on and reckon with water. Music, too, has aimed to grasp this elusive element—essential to all life, sometimes softly flowing and sometimes terrifying with its chaotic power. A live performance of famous poetic texts set to music will celebrate the earth’s rivers, lakes, and oceans. Pianist Victoria Kirsch, poet and USC Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia, soprano Jamie Chamberlin, baritone David Castillo, violinists Kevin Kumar and Hana Kim, violist Luke Maurer, and cellist Timothy Loo will perform along with student readers.
Organized by the USC Fisher Museum of Art.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, September 22, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Gaming the Future of Los Angeles

 

 

Gaming the Future of Los Angeles
Thursday, October 15, 4 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library 240
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Geoff Manaugh for a public introduction to L.A.T.B.D., which explores diverse possible futures for the city of Los Angeles. Incorporating speculative fiction, game design, and architectural modeling, L.A.T.B.D. will allow exhibition visitors to generate their own unique visions of a Los Angeles yet to be determined. Manaugh developed L.A.T.B.D. with architects Mark Smout and Laura Allen as well as Professor Jeff Watson and his students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Manaugh, who writes the widely acclaimed architecture blog BLDGBLOG, was a former editor at Dwell, editor in chief at Gizmodo, and contributing editor at Wired UK.
Organized by USC Libraries and the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study with additional funding from the British Council and University College London.
RSVP online beginning Wednesday, September 23, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Metropolitan Opera in HD: Verdi’s Otello

 

 

The Metropolitan Opera in HD: Verdi’s Otello
Saturday, October 17
12 p.m.: Pre-Opera Discussion
1 p.m.: HD Opera Broadcast
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts will host a series of satellite broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera presented in spectacular HD digital projection and 5.1 surround sound. Following a pre-opera discussion hosted by Ken Cazan, chair of vocal arts and opera/resident stage director at the USC Thornton School of Music, we will present a delayed satellite broadcast of Verdi’s masterful Otello, which matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.
Organized by the USC School of Cinematic Arts in conjunction with the USC Thornton School of Music and the Metropolitan Opera.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Composer, Poet, and Muse: A Concert of Songs by Alan Louis Smith

 

 

Composer, Poet, and Muse: A Concert of Songs by Alan Louis Smith
Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

A kind of artistic alchemy occurs when music, words, and performers combine in the performance of a song. Friendships, artistic and professional encounters, and a shared love of words and music are the building blocks of the creative work of composer/poet Alan Louis Smith, professor in the USC Thornton School of Music and one of the nation’s most highly regarded figures in the field of collaborative artistry. In a special concert, international opera stars and other distinguished musicians will perform texts and music either written expressly for or highly influenced by them, including two West Coast premieres. Alan Louis Smith will perform along with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, baritone Rod Gilfry, soprano Diana Newman, and cellist Jonathan Dormand.
Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, September 24, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Windows on Death Row: Art from Inside and Outside Prison Walls

 

 

Windows on Death Row: Art from Inside and Outside Prison Walls
- Exhibition: Thursday, October 22 to Friday, December 18
- Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22, 5:30 p.m., Annenberg East Lobby, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
- Dead Man Walking: The Journey Goes On: A Lecture by Sister Helen Prejean; Introduction by Tim Robbins: Thursday, October 22, 7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium; Book signing to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations requested for the opening reception. Reservations required for the lecture by Sister Helen Prejean.
What are the legal, ethical, religious, political, and policy dimensions of America’s use of the death penalty? Artists and activists, including Tim Robbins and Sister Helen Prejean, will come together for an exhibition and lecture exploring capital punishment not only from the outside, but also from inside Death Row walls. Swiss journalist Anne-Frédérique Widmann and New York Times cartoonist Patrick Chappatte have organized a one-of-a-kind exhibition featuring more than 70 artworks by incarcerated people who were asked to draw and paint their daily life on Death Row. The opening reception will include remarks by actor, director, and activist Tim Robbins and artist Ndume Olatushani, who was wrongfully sentenced to death, spent 28 years in jail, and was freed in 2012. After the reception, join us for lecture by anti–death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, author of the acclaimed memoir Dead Man Walking. Her book was made into the Academy Award–winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn and directed by Tim Robbins. Following an introduction by Robbins, Sister Helen will offer a powerful presentation on her struggle to end the death penalty.
Organized by Diane Winston (Journalism), Patrick Chappatte (research fellow), and Anne-Frédérique Widmann.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, September 29, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Voice at 100: The Musical Legacy of Frank Sinatra

 

 

The Voice at 100: The Musical Legacy of Frank Sinatra
Friday, October 23, 2 p.m.
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Frank Sinatra, often referred to as “The Voice,” is perhaps the most iconic American entertainer of the 20th century. His interpretations of the Great American Songbook set the standard for jazz vocal performance. Sinatra’s career embodied the cultural shift that drew entertainers from the East Coast and established Los Angeles as the entertainment capital of the world. On the occasion of his 100th birthday celebration, the USC Thornton School of Music will examine Sinatra’s musical legacy with a panel of experts who worked directly with him, including GRAMMY Award–winning drummer, producer, and record executive Gregg Field and the legendary, multi-GRAMMY Award–winning recording engineer Al Schmitt. The panel will be moderated by Chris Sampson, Vice Dean for Contemporary Music at the USC Thornton School.
Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music in partnership with the GRAMMY Museum.
RSVP online beginning Wednesday, September 30, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

An Evening with Robert Schenkkan

 

 

An Evening with Robert Schenkkan
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Town and Gown
Reception and book signing to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join us for a very special evening with Robert Schenkkan, whose new play All the Way won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play and just about every other major theatre award. Named after Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 campaign slogan, “All the Way with LBJ,” the play takes a clear and sometimes brutal look at the struggle to enact civil-rights legislation. Robert Schenkkan received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1992 for The Kentucky Cycle, a series of one-act plays about the American West. Schenkkan also wrote The Quiet American for Miramax, The Pacific for HBO, and the historical rock musical The Twelve. In a probing reflection, Schenkkan will discuss the work of creating dramas that represent real, complicated histories—histories that illuminate the problems and the possibilities of America.
Co-sponsored by the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, October 1, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
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