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Dear Friends:

This week, we are honored to present the visionary death-penalty abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean, whose story was told in the Oscar-winning film Dead Man Walking. And don’t forget to RSVP for a very special evening with Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize–winning, Tony Award–winning, Writers Guild Award–winning writer of stage, television, and film. Read on for details about these and other exciting events!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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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. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the event check-in on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in opens at 6:45 p.m.

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.
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. There are just a few tickets left for the lecture, so RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 6:15 p.m.

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.
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. Tickets will also be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 1:15 p.m.

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.

 

 
 

An Evening with Robert Schenkkan

 

 

An Evening with Tony Award Winner Robert Schenkkan
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Town and Gown
Reception and book signing to follow.
FREE books for the first 50 USC students to arrive!
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

“A magnificent work...a brilliant portrayal no less epic than the great tragedies of classic literature.”—Roma Torre, NY1 on Schenkkan’s All the Way
Join us for a very special evening with Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize–winning, Tony Award–winning, Writer's Guild Award–winning, two-time Emmy-nominated writer of stage, television, and film. He is the author of twelve original full-length plays, two musicals, and a collection of one-act plays that represent real, complicated histories and illuminate the problems and possibilities of America. Schenkkan’s most recent play, All the Way, was performed on Broadway and won the 2014 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Play. The play starred Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who also won the Tony Award for Best Actor and will star in the HBO film version of the play, currently in production. Named after Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 campaign slogan, “All the Way with LBJ,” the play explores themes of race, politics, and power within the struggle to enact civil-rights legislation. USC President C. L. Max Nikias selected All the Way for his summer 2015 reading list, which highlights a few books he believes every USC student should read. The first 50 USC students to arrive at the event will receive a free copy of All the Way!
Co-sponsored by the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Greyhound Diaries

 

 

The Greyhound Diaries
A Performance by Doug Levitt

Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Grace Ford Salvatori Hall, Room 106
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations requested.

In 2004, singer-songwriter Doug Levitt set out on his first six-week tour by bus. With a guitar, a duct-taped laptop, and a digital camera, he aimed to shed light on the working poor, veterans, and others marginalized in mainstream discourse. Over the decade since, he has traveled more than 100,000 miles on Greyhound buses, rendering the stories of fellow travelers in song, word, and image. Inspired by the Depression-era Work Projects Administration, which drew rich portraits of America at a critical time in its history, Levitt's Greyhound Diaries, a live musical and multimedia performance, illuminates struggle and disparity, but also resolve and renewal. Levitt has performed The Greyhound Diaries in a wide range of venues, including The Kennedy Center, homeless shelters, and Walter Reed Army Hospital. A former foreign correspondent, Levitt has been called “a Woody Guthrie for this time.” He is also the host of The Common, a forthcoming NPR series featuring live songs and stories on a common theme.
Co-sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the USC School of Social Work.
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, 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.

 

 

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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 now! 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: 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. Josh Kun and 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.

 

 
 

Antigone By Jean Anouilh

 

 

Antigone
By Jean Anouilh
Adapted and Translated by Robertson Dean
An Experience L.A. Event

Thursday, November 19
Depart USC at 6 p.m.; return at 11:30 p.m.
A Noise Within, Pasadena
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required.

Join USC president C. L. Max Nikias for a performance of Jean Anouilh’s reimagining of Antigone. This adaptation of Sophocles’ classic tragedy about morality in the face of immoral power dares us to choose between our personal values and those of the world in which we live. The performance will be followed by a conversation with President Nikias and director Robertson Dean. Jean Anouilh was one of France’s most important writers in the decades following World War II, and Antigone is perhaps his best-known work. Produced under Nazi censorship and first performed in Paris in 1944, it has been widely interpreted as an allegory for the French resistance and the Nazi occupation. Anouilh’s Antigone will be performed by A Noise Within, a Pasadena-based theatre company that promotes classical theatre as an essential means for our community to confront the universal human experience. One of drama’s most compelling heroines, Antigone accepts her fate with fearless grace—and dares us all to rise to the greater good.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. RSVP online beginning Tuesday, October 27, at 9 a.m For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

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Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange with Shonda Rhimes

 

 

Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange with Shonda Rhimes
Monday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Tickets required. Discount tickets available for USC students. See below for details.

Here’s a rare opportunity to see Hollywood’s most powerful woman in person. Shonda Rhimes, the critically acclaimed and award-winning creator and executive producer of the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal, and the executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder, will discuss her new book, Year of Yes at this Ideas Exchange presented by the LA Times.
Admission: Tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 20, at 10 a.m. A limited number of tickets are available at a student price of $15.00 for USC students only, while supplies last. Use promotional code USCShonda for access to USC student tickets.
To purchase tickets, click here. For more info, contact eventinfo@latimes.com.

 

 
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