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Dear Friends:

This week, we bring you poetry, chamber music, futuristic gaming, opera, and an exciting added event—a sneak preview of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin. And don’t forget to RSVP for a very special evening with playwright Robert Schenkkan, whose hard-hitting drama on race, All the Way, is being adapted into an HBO film starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. Read on for details about these and other fantastic events!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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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. While advance reservations are full, tickets will be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 6:15 p.m.

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 Shalini Vijayan and Hana Kim, violist Luke Maurer, and cellist Charles Tyler will perform along with student readers.
Organized by the USC Fisher Museum of Art.
For more info, 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. While advance reservations are full, tickets will be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 3:15 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception at 5 p.m. for the unveiling of the L.A.T.B.D. exhibition.

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.
For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, click here.

 

 
 

The Assassin

 

 

The Assassin
Friday, October 16, 3:30 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free and open to USC students, staff, and faculty only. Reservations required.

Join Visions and Voices and the USC School of Cinematic Arts for a sneak preview of Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien’s latest film, The Assassin, for which he won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in ninth-century China, the film follows a young woman’s journey as she is initiated in the martial arts and ultimately has to choose between the sacred way of the righteous assassins and the man she loves. The screening will accompany the presentation of the prestigious Eisenstein Award to Hou Hsiao-hsien, a globally celebrated cineaste known for his unique directing style in films such as Cute Girl, The Boys from Fengkuei, and A City of Sadness. Following the film, join us for a discussion with Hou Hsiao-hsien and Dr. Akira Mizuta Lippit, vice dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Organized by the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
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 now! 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:: Thursday, October 22, 7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium
Book signing to follow. Books will be sold at the event.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations requested for the opening reception. Reservations required for the lecture by Sister Helen Prejean. While advance reservations for the lecture are full for USC alumni and the general public, a limited number of tickets are available for USC students, staff, and faculty.

What are the legal, ethical, religious, political, and policy dimensions of America’s use of the death penalty? Artists and activists will come together for an exhibition and lecture exploring capital punishment not only from the outside, but also from inside Death Row walls. Organized by Swiss journalist Anne-Frédérique Widmann and New York Times cartoonist Patrick Chappatte and curated by Anne Hromadka, this one-of-a-kind exhibition features 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 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 a 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. 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 now! 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. While advance reservations are full for USC alumni and the general public, a limited number of tickets are available for USC students, staff, and faculty.

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 now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

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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, an award-winning playwright who pulls no punches in his dramas about race, religion, and other fraught territory in the American political landscape. Schenkkan's new play All the Way won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play and is now being adapted into an HBO film starring Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston. 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. Actor-turned-playwright 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 now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Musical Interpretation Deconstructed

 

 

Musical Interpretation Deconstructed
USC Thornton Wind Ensemble
H. Robert Reynolds, Conductor
Sharon Lavery, Assistant Conductor
Paul Dooley, Composer

Sunday, November 1, 4 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Music may be the most abstract art. How does one go beyond simply listening to it to interpreting how it works and what it is saying? In the first half of the program, the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble will deconstruct Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, a symphonic poem for chamber orchestra, by inviting the audience to participate in its musical interpretation through a series of options H. Robert Reynolds will offer from the podium. In the second half, award-winning composer and USC alumnus Paul Dooley will offer a multimedia interpretation of his composition Masks and Machines. Dooley, professor of performing-arts technology and electronic music at the University of Michigan, will discuss several pieces of visual art that inspired the composition before a performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble. Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Musical and Comedic Sinatra

 

 

The Musical and Comedic Sinatra
Sunday, November 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

One of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Frank Sinatra was also a powerful film actor. In addition to his critically acclaimed dramatic performances, Sinatra charmed audiences in comedies and musicals. As part of a multi-event tribute to Frank Sinatra on the 100th anniversary of his birth, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will present a day of screenings of his much-loved comedic and musical films: On the Town, High Society, The Joker Is Wild, The Tender Trap, and Guys and Dolls.
Organized by Alessandro Ago and Drew Casper for the USC School of Cinematic Arts with support from Frank Sinatra Enterprises.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Sinatra on Film: The Music of Acting on Screen

 

 

Sinatra on Film: The Music of Acting on Screen
Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m.
Forum Room, Ronald Tutor Campus Center 450
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Frank Sinatra burst onto the scene in the Big Band era, and sang to a nation struggling through the war years. In the 1950s, he remade himself as a powerful screen actor. As part of a multi-event tribute to Frank Sinatra on the 100th anniversary of his birth, Sharon Carnicke of the USC School of Dramatic Arts will examine how Sinatra used what he had learned from singing about tempo, rhythm, and phrasing to craft emotionally loaded acting performances. Professor Sharon Carnicke is an internationally known expert on actor training and film acting. She will demonstrate the relationship between Sinatra’s singing and acting by drawing from a range of films, including Anchors Aweigh, From Here to Eternity, Suddenly, High Society, and The Manchurian Candidate.
Organized by the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
RSVP online beginning Wednesday, October 14, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Dramatic Sinatra: From Here to Eternity

 

 

The Dramatic Sinatra: From Here to Eternity
Friday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Frank Sinatra burst onto the scene in the Big Band era, and sang to a nation struggling through the war years. In the 1950s, he remade himself as a powerful screen actor. As part of a multi-event tribute to Frank Sinatra, we will screen From Here to Eternity, which swept the 1953 Academy Awards—including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Sinatra. From Here to Eternity tells of three soldiers—played by Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, and Montgomery Clift—stationed in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was an immediate success with critics and audiences alike, with Frank Sinatra’s Oscar-winning performance widely extolled. The New York Post wrote of the singer-turned-screen star, “He proves he is an actor by playing the luckless Maggio with a kind of doomed gaiety that is both real and immensely touching.”
Organized by Alessandro Ago and Drew Casper for the USC School of Cinematic Arts with the support of Frank Sinatra Enterprises.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Dramatic Sinatra and Legacy Panel

 

 

The Dramatic Sinatra and Legacy Panel
Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join us for a full day of screenings and discussion celebrating the powerful film acting of Frank Sinatra, who appeared in 55 films over 44 years, winning an Oscar and much critical acclaim. As part of a multi-event tribute to Sinatra on the 100th anniversary of his birth, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will celebrate his dramatic film performances with screenings of Suddenly, The Man with the Golden Arm, Some Came Running, and The Manchurian Candidate. A keynote lecture by USC professor Drew Casper and a Q&A with Nancy Sinatra and Tina Sinatra will explore the legacy of this legendary entertainer.
Organized by Alessandro Ago and Drew Casper for the USC School of Cinematic Arts with the support of Frank Sinatra Enterprises.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

History of the Cello

 

 

History of the Cello
Part I: The Instrument and Its Evolution, 1600–2014

Thursday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join Ralph Kirshbaum, the chair of the USC Thornton School of Music String Department and one of the world’s top cellists, for the first event in a two-part series on the history of the cello. History of the Cello: Part I will trace the development of the cello as a physical instrument through four centuries, beginning with the family of viols, continuing through the viola da gamba, and arriving at the modern cello, a member of the violin family. Instruments from all of these periods will be shown and demonstrated by young artists from the USC Thornton School of Music, revealing the physical and tonal changes that have occurred throughout the years. A senior luthier will give a detailed talk on the physical properties of these various instruments, accompanied by illustrative film clips.
Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, October 20, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Frank Gehry

 

 

Frank Gehry
An Experience L.A. Event

Saturday, November 14
Depart USC at 10:30 a.m., return at 2 p.m.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required.

Encounter the many aspects of starchitect Frank Gehry in a fascinating retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Gehry has revolutionized architecture. His innovation and ability to push the boundaries of his medium garnered him architecture’s top honor, the Pritzker Prize, in 1989. His pioneering work in digital technologies set in motion the practices adopted by the construction industry today. From Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the works of the Canadian-born, Los Angeles–based architect are instantly recognizable and hugely influential—leading Vanity Fair to call him “the most important architect of our age.” Frank Gehry, a major exhibition at LACMA, presents a comprehensive examination of Gehry’s extraordinary body of work from the early 1960s to the present, featuring over 200 drawings, many of which have never before been seen publicly, and 65 models that reveal the evolution of Gehry’s thinking. Join us for a special trip to LACMA to reflect on one of the great minds of contemporary architecture.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. RSVP online beginning Wednesday, October 21, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Korean Hip Hop: A Conversation and Concert

 

 

Korean Hip Hop: A Conversation and Concert with Garion, Dok2, The Quiett, and DJ Son
Tuesday, November 17, 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Meet five iconic South Korean hip hop artists—pioneering duo Garion (MC Meta and Naachal), rap superstars Dok2 and The Quiett, and award-winning battle DJ and turntablist DJ Son—in an exciting concert and conversation. How did hip hop travel across musical, linguistic, geographical, and sociocultural boundaries to root itself in Korea? Now that it’s there, how is hip hop understood and lived in Korea? We invite you to follow the global travels of music through the lives and works of five influential artists who have made history in Korean hip hop. Professor Josh Kun and PhD candidate Myoung-Sun (Kelly) Song of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will engage these artists in a fascinating conversation about the meaning of hip hop in Korean society. Then, the artists will take the stage for an exciting live concert.
Organized by Josh Kun (Communication) and Myoung-Sun (Kelly) Song (Communication). Co-sponsored by the USC Korean Studies Institute.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, October 22, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
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