USC Thornton Early Music

USC Thornton Early Music Welcome! This page is a way to stay connected with the happenings of the USC Thornton Early Music Program’s historical performance ensembles, affiliate ensembles, and its students and alumni.
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Over the past several decades, the performance of early music has evolved from a highly specialized activity into a major facet of professional music making to which an ever-increasing, international audience has responded. The profession of early music involves its specialists in a broad range of activities: Solo and ensemble performance, research and writing, program-planning, the preparation of

Over the past several decades, the performance of early music has evolved from a highly specialized activity into a major facet of professional music making to which an ever-increasing, international audience has responded. The profession of early music involves its specialists in a broad range of activities: Solo and ensemble performance, research and writing, program-planning, the preparation of

Operating as usual

Members of the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia watching one of our virtual concerts together in person for the first time! Con...
05/24/2021

Members of the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia watching one of our virtual concerts together in person for the first time! Congratulations to all of our students for a beautiful concert and ending to a successful year!

Thank you to all who were able to join us for our livestream concert of English grounds and airs last Saturday! If you m...
03/23/2021
"Socially Distant Grounds and Airs: Baroque songs, psalms, and dances from England

Thank you to all who were able to join us for our livestream concert of English grounds and airs last Saturday! If you missed it, you can view the concert on our YouTube channel.

Led by Adam Gilbert, Jason Yoshida, and Jennifer Kampani, the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presents a live-streamed concert of songs, dances, and improvisations...

We are pleased to share with you another wonderful EMSI musicology lecture given by Sarah Mead of Brandeis University! F...
03/22/2021
"Navigational Instruments: Early-Modern Musical Geography”; EMSI Musicology Forum with Sarah Mead

We are pleased to share with you another wonderful EMSI musicology lecture given by Sarah Mead of Brandeis University! Follow the link to watch her lecture on the relationship between early-modern musical instruments and the concept of the Gamut.

Presented as part of USC’s Musicology Forum hosted by the Early Modern Studies Institute 2020-2021 Early Music Series in partnership with EMA, Scholar and pe...

Check out this spotlight that Thornton did on one of our outstanding plucked instrumentalists, Robert Wang! He is going ...
01/20/2021

Check out this spotlight that Thornton did on one of our outstanding plucked instrumentalists, Robert Wang! He is going places and we are thrilled to be working with him. https://music.usc.edu/home-is-where-the-music-is/?fbclid=IwAR0609cwHDKAGi0RZhkcx-nouN2d5mECDZ_kuutvJVVcgr_9V2YZ8N5tuUk

When the campus closed last March, Classical Guitar student Robert Wang had a tough choice: Return home to Canada or stay in his dorm and continue his studies on a mostly empty campus. Wang chose to stay, not least because it meant he could practice his guitar while also keeping a collection of Renaissance and Baroque instruments on loan from the Early Music department. Rather than a sacrifice, he thinks of his quiet months on campus as a special opportunity to spend more time on what he loves most: music.

“I think that Robert truly represents the essence of resilience and excellence this year,” said Thornton faculty member Rotem Gilbert.

Read more: bit.ly/39KEnxv

Congratulations to our performers, and thank you to our audience members who were able to tune in to the live broadcast ...
12/10/2020
Fall 2020 Festival: The Baroque Sinfonia presents “Vaya de jacara nueva: Join in a New Dance”

Congratulations to our performers, and thank you to our audience members who were able to tune in to the live broadcast of our concert last night!

If you weren't able to make it, don't worry! Our concert is currently archived on the Thornton/LIVE Archive for you to enjoy.

USC Thornton’s early music ensemble, the Baroque Sinfonia, presents an evening of music from Guatemala and New Spain.

We are gearing up for our concert next week! Check out this preview of our ensemble performing the title piece of our co...
11/30/2020
"Vaya de jacara nueva"- USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia in Virtual Concert on Dec. 9, 7pm PST

We are gearing up for our concert next week! Check out this preview of our ensemble performing the title piece of our concert, “Vaya de jacara nueva” from Música Colonial, Guatemala Cathedral by Rafael Antonio Castellanos (c.1725-1791), featuring contralto Zineb Fikri.

"Vaya de jacara nueva: Join in a New Dance"- Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:00pm PST The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presents “Vaya de jacara nueva: Join in a New ...

Our historical plucked instruments specialist, Dr. Jason Yoshida, was featured in this month's Los Angeles Chamber Orche...
11/08/2020
Close Quarters: "Border Crossings, Part 1" — Episode 101 — Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra - YouTube

Our historical plucked instruments specialist, Dr. Jason Yoshida, was featured in this month's Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert premiering their "Close Quarters" concert series! Check out the video here.

PROGRAM

MARTÍN Y COLL/ANONYMOUS Diferencias sobre la gayta
ANONYMOUS Sonata Chiquitana IV
JOSÉ ENRIQUE GONZÁLEZ-MEDINA Concierto barroco
DE MURCIA Gallardas

Our Close Quarters series is a bi-monthly series, premiering a new episode every other Friday at 6:30 PM and we have contracted the services of the acclaimed di...

If you didn't make it to our virtual concert last weekend, don't worry! Our concert "O Rosetta- Songs of Love and Youth ...
11/02/2020
"O Rosetta: Songs of Love and Youth from Seventeenth-Century Italy"- USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia

If you didn't make it to our virtual concert last weekend, don't worry! Our concert "O Rosetta- Songs of Love and Youth from 17th-century Italy" will be posted to our YouTube channel through the end of the 2020-21 academic year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxrYxRvjFJE&t=2s

Led by Rotem Gilbert, Jennifer Ellis Kampani, and Jason Yoshida, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presents a virtual concert of seventeenth-century Italian ...

Thank you to everyone who watched our concert last night! For those who were unable to join us for the live broadcast, o...
10/31/2020
Home | USC Thornton Live

Thank you to everyone who watched our concert last night! For those who were unable to join us for the live broadcast, our concert will be posted to the Thornton/LIVE website through the weekend. https://www.thorntonlive.usc.edu/

Virtual concerts, masterclasses, recitals and more from the USC Thornton School of Music.

Don't forget to tune in to our virtual concert "O Rosetta: Songs of Love and Youth from 17th-century Italy" tonight at 7...
10/30/2020
Home | USC Thornton Live

Don't forget to tune in to our virtual concert "O Rosetta: Songs of Love and Youth from 17th-century Italy" tonight at 7pm PST! Follow this link to view the concert and to access texts and translations of the vocal music.

Virtual concerts, masterclasses, recitals and more from the USC Thornton School of Music.

10/27/2020
USC Thornton School of Music

We're getting ready for our virtual concert this Friday! Check out this sneak peak of our baroque ensemble performing Monteverdi's "Exultent Caeli".

To see our concert, join us on the Thornton/LIVE web stage https://www.thorntonlive.usc.edu/ on Friday, October 30 at 7pm PST. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://www.thorntonlive.usc.edu/event-details/o-rosetta-songs-of-love-and-youth-from-seventeenth-century-italy.

USC Thornton’s early music ensemble, Baroque Sinfonia, adapted quickly to working together virtually. They’ve produced numerous remote ensemble performances like today’s Live! From Somewhere video, thanks to faculty members like Jason Yoshida who have been hard at work teaching students the ins and outs of home recording. Enjoy Baroque Sinfonia’s performance of “Exultent Caeli.” Live from wherever we are.

10/22/2020
Bach Collegium San Diego

Tune in to Bach Collegium San Diego's virtual concert "Muses of Parnassus" this Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7:00pm PST to hear our fantastic early music voice instructor Jennifer Kampani perform the music of 17th-century Italian women composers Isabella Leonarda, Francesca Caccini, and Barbara Strozzi!

Join us SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 for BCSD's virtual season opener (2020-2021)! Our season begins with MUSES OF PARNASSUS featuring the music of three seventeenth-century Italian muses: Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, and Isabella Leonarda with Grammy-nominated soprano, Jennifer Ellis Kampani.

PROGRAM • MUSES OF PARNASSUS
Hor che Apollo • Barbara Strozzi
Lagrime mie • Barbara Strozzi
Regina coeli • Francesca Caccini
Sonata Prima • Isabella Leonarda
Sonata Duodecima • Isabell Leonarda
Ciaccona • Bernardo Storace

This beautifully filmed performance includes a highly informative 15-minute presentation by musicologist Chelsey Belt, on screen text translations, and high-quality audio/video from beginning to end.

For full information on tickets and season subscriptions go to: bachcollegiumsd.org. We hope to 'see' you there! #virtualseason20202021 #musesofparnassus #barbarastrozzi #FrancescaCaccini #IsabellaLeonarda #fortherefreshmentofthesoul #bachcollegiumsandiego #bernardostorace

Our first concert of the season is coming up!Led by Rotem Gilbert, Jennifer Kampani, and Jason Yoshida, the USC Thornton...
10/19/2020
Home | USC Thornton Live

Our first concert of the season is coming up!

Led by Rotem Gilbert, Jennifer Kampani, and Jason Yoshida, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presents a virtual concert of seventeenth-century Italian music in its first performance of the season! Capturing a lively spirit, the concert will feature sacred and secular songs by Claudio Monteverdi, Tarquinio Merula, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Emilio de Cavalieri, as well as instrumental dance music by Giorgio Mainerio and Giovanni Paolo Cima. Come celebrate the power of music to bring us together.

When: Friday, October 30, 2020 at 7:00pm PST (10pm EST)

Where: The Thornton/LIVE web stage.
Visit https://www.thorntonlive.usc.edu/ on October 30 at 7pm PST to tune in! No RSVP necessary.

Virtual concerts, masterclasses, recitals and more from the USC Thornton School of Music.

In the midst of a global pandemic, our Early Music program is continuing to make music together. We owe a large portion ...
10/16/2020
Early Music and Modern Technology

In the midst of a global pandemic, our Early Music program is continuing to make music together. We owe a large portion of this success to our resident historical plucked instrument specialist Dr. Jason Yoshida, who has been teaching our students the technical know-how to make virtual musical collaboration possible. Check out this feature on the Thornton School of Music page to see what our Baroque ensemble has been up to, and get a sneak preview of our upcoming virtual concert to air on October 30!

Early Music faculty member Jason Yoshida shares tech expertise in a new bonus digital recording class, giving students essential skills and alternative performance opportunities.

A big thank you to alumna Dr. Marisa De Silva for giving a stellar workshop on Alexander Technique for our Baroque Sinfo...
10/09/2020

A big thank you to alumna Dr. Marisa De Silva for giving a stellar workshop on Alexander Technique for our Baroque Sinfonia! Thank you for helping us to feel and sound our best. We had a blast!

Congratulations to alumna Dr. Leah Kohn on her new position as Director of Los Angeles Junior Chamber Music!
09/09/2020

Congratulations to alumna Dr. Leah Kohn on her new position as Director of Los Angeles Junior Chamber Music!

Introducing the new leadership team at our Los Angeles branch, please welcome our new LA branch director Dr. Leah Kohn and assistant director Zack Reaves!

Leah, a bassoonist, has already been with JCM for the past year as the director of the Conejo Valley/San Fernando Valley branch and will now be leading both the CV/SFV and LA branches. Zack, a cellist, moved to Los Angeles just last year and was formerly the cellist of the Altius Quartet.

Read their detailed bios here:

Bassoonist Leah Kohn is a versatile musician with a passion for unusual repertoire. She has performed with a variety of ensembles around Los Angeles, including Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Young Artist Symphony Orchestra, Brentwood Westwood Symphony, and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, and has recorded for film and television. Dyad, her duo with violinist Niv Ashkenazi, has performed on concert series throughout California and on the East Coast, and also works with Street Symphony, an organization that brings music to underserved communities. She has been a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and has performed at the Lake George Music Festival and several programs at the Banff Centre. She has given premieres of new chamber and orchestral works at Constellation in Chicago, at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto, and with the New Juilliard Ensemble and USC Thornton Edge. Dr. Kohn received her D.M.A. from the University of Southern California as a student of Judith Farmer, with an academic field in musicology and elective fields in arts leadership and early music. She holds an M.M. from The Juilliard School and a B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, both as a student of Frank Morelli. She is also a baroque bassoonist, and performed a Vivaldi Concerto as soloist with the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia. She has appeared in performances at several Tafelmusik institutes, the Amherst Early Music Festival’s Baroque Academy, and the American Bach Soloists Academy. As an educator, she maintains a private teaching studio in Los Angeles, as well as coaching for several youth orchestras and offering workshops and masterclasses. She is the director of the Los Angeles and Conejo Valley/San Fernando Valley branches of Junior Chamber Music.

Zack Reaves is a highly sought after cellist and chamber musician. His career has taken him around the globe and has consisted of diverse and innovative performances everywhere from Carnegie Hall to local cafes and brewpubs. His open-minded and collaborative approach to music has earned him praise among a wide range of audiences. In 2011, Reaves founded the Altius Quartet, which went on to perform internationally and receive many awards, including the Silver Medal in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He and the Altius Quartet served as the Fellowship Ensemble in Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder where they were assistants to the world-renowned Takács Quartet. Altius became particularly well known for their inviting stage presence as well as their educational outreach programs for school children. Zack’s discography includes recordings on the Centaur and Navona labels. In 2014, he performed on the debut album for the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble. He also released three albums with the Altius Quartet: Dress Code (2017), Shostakovich String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, & 9 (2017), and Quadrants (2019). As an orchestral musician, Zack has held leadership positions with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Las Colinas Symphony, and the Long Beach Symphony. Zack is a passionate teacher and has held positions at institutions such as Oklahoma City University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Denver School of the Arts, Boulder Valley Waldorf School, as well as maintaining his own private studio. Currently, Zack is the Assistant Director of Junior Chamber Music’s Los Angeles branch.

08/01/2020
Bach - Prelude - BWV 1006 - Baroque Lute - Jason Yoshida

Our plucked instrument specialist Jason Yoshida has made a beautiful recording of Bach's Lute Suite Prelude. We can't believe he recorded this from home! After enjoying the music, you can view the list of his recording equipment in the YouTube description section.

Jason Yoshida plays the Prelude from J.S. Bach's Lute Suite, BWV 1006a Performed on an 11-course Baroque Lute after Hans Frei http://www.jasonyoshida.com htt...

06/07/2020
Early Music America

Join us tomorrow, Monday, June 8 at 10am (1pm ET) for our virtual performance at Early Music America’s Young Performers’ Festival!

Originally scheduled to perform live at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, as part of the Early Music America’s Young Performers’ Festival, members of Thornton’s Early Music Ensembles can be heard in remote recital on Monday, June 8 at 10am PST (1pm ET). This one-hour program will feature recordings of live concerts from the past year and remote recordings made since March 2020. Tune in on the Early Music America page or YouTube channel.

USC Thornton Early Music Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA)
Adam Knight Gilbert, Director | Rachelle Romero, Early Music TA

This virtual concert includes socially-distanced solo and small-scale pieces performed by our ensemble members during quarantine, as well as live footage from their 2019-2020 season. The socially-distanced performances feature music from Italy, Germany, France, and Guatemala, spanning from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.

USC Thornton Early Music Ensemble
Adam Knight Gilbert, Director | Rachelle Romero, Early Music TA

PROGRAM

Fuga Weiss, SW 6, London Manuscript
Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750)

Ben venga Maggio
Anonymous (15th c. Florence)

“Full fathom five,” The Tempest
Henry Purcell (c. 1659-1695)

Figlio dormi
Giovanni Kapsberger (1580-1651)

Doen Daphne d’over schoone Maeght
Jacob van Eyck (c. 1590-1657)

Weep, all ye nymphs/Why should all things bow to Love?
John Blow (1649-1708)

Variations over La Folia
Sophie Mathieu
Madre de Peccatori, Florence Laudario Anonymous, c. 1563

Toccata XX, Intavolatura di Liuto, et di Chitarrone
Alessandro Piccinini (1566- c. 1638)

Vaya de Jacaras
Raphael Castellanos (d. Guetemala City, 1791)

Wilt thou, unkind, thus reave me?
John Dowland (1563-1626)

Now, O Now I Needs Must Part Dowland

View the complete program with ensemble members, program notes, and translations here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HsE6r8z3Tn0BKPRa6_fb3J-XyHVjL9Jb7mqJfnALFQ0/edit?usp=sharing

Presented by Early Music America and San Francisco Early Music Society - SFEMS.
Funded in part by National Endowment for the Arts' Art Works program
Media partner: Sunday Baroque

Find the complete scheduled of the Virtual Young Performers Festival & Emerging Artists Showcase the week of June 8-14, 2020 and learn more: http://www.youngperformersfestival.org
More about Early Music America: https://www.earlymusicamerica.org

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Example From: "The Baroque Musician's Book of Grounds" Españolettas by Ribayaz - Luz Y Norte Musical, 1677 www.earlymusicbooks.com
Examples from: "The Baroque Musician's Book of Grounds." A great resource for teachers, students, and seasoned performers alike. www.earlymusicbooks.com
The Thornton faculty is teaming up with SFEMS (https://sfems.org) to produce some great online early music classes. Thank you Adam and Rotem Gilbert and the rest of the USC Thornton faculty.
My husband and I really like all the performances. Bravo!
The SFEMS Baroque Workshop is in need of harpsichordists and baroque violinists this summer! We'd love to have you join us. Visit this link for more information: