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Freeman Sunday Concerts

Throughout the academic year you can enjoy concerts by the School of Music’s renowned music faculty in fresh and vibrant chamber music programs that pair canonic masterpieces alongside brand new works. Named for philanthropist Cornelia Freeman, the concerts raise scholarship money for gifted music students. The four concerts take place at 3 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall from September to March.

2023-2024 Concerts

September 10, 2023 Program


Élégie for Viola and Piano, Op. 30 (1862)

Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
Daniel Sweaney, viola; Lynn Kompass, piano

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114 (1891)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Joseph Eller, clarinet; Claire Bryant, violoncello; Lynn Kompass, piano

Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (1906)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
USC Chamber Players, directed by Cormac Cannon

Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute; Hassan Anderson, oboe; Katie Eaton, English horn; Joe Eller & Andrew Kevic, clarinets; Alejandra Vega Roque, bass clarinet; Michael Harley, bassoon; Edward Senn, contrabassoon; Hunter Poe & Wenyu Hsu, French horns; Ari Streisfeld & Bill Terwilliger, violins; Daniel Sweaney, viola; Claire Bryant, violoncello; Craig Butterfield, bass


December 3, 2023 Program


Trois Mélodies (1930)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Serena LaRoche, soprano; Nicholas Susi, piano

Toward the Sea (1981)

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute; Mak Grgic, guitar

At the Marion Opera House (2012)

Tayloe Harding
Claire Bryant, violoncello; Phillip Bush, piano

Our Journey Forward for String Sextet, piano, bass, drums

Bert Ligon (1954)
Bert Ligon Chamber Group

Kristen Harris, violin; Dan Sweaney, viola; Claire Bryant, violoncello; Bert Ligon, piano; Craig Butterfield, bass; Colleen Clark, drums


February 11, 2024 Program


Choros by Brazilian Women Composers

Gaúcho (Corta-Jaca) (1895), by Chiquinha Gonzaga (Francisca Edwiges Neves Gonzaga) (1847-1935)

Cananéa (1901), by Gonzaga

Gratidão (Gratitude) (1909), by Tia Amélia (Amélia Brandão Nery) (1897-1983)

Chuvisco (Drizzle) (1953) by Amélia

Yatra-Tá (1981), Tania Maria (b.1948)

Muita Bobeira (Lots of nonsense) (2006), by Luciana Souza (b. 1966)

Não Se Impressione/Forrobodó de Massada (Don’t be impressed) (1911) by Gonzaga

Lauren Meccia, vocals; Bruno Alcalde, guitar

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 (1889)

Antonin Dvořák  (1841-1904)
Ari Streisfeld, violin; Daniel Sweaney, viola; Claire Bryant, violoncello; Phillip Bush, piano


March 17, 2024 Program


Fauré duets: Puisqu'ici-bas tout âme, Pleurs d'or, Tarantelle (1896) 

Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
Serena Hill LaRoche, soprano; Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano; Lynn Kompass, piano

From Yiddish Folk Poetry, op 79 (1948)

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Ashley Emerson, soprano; Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano; Dominic Armstrong, tenor; Lynn Kompass, piano


Upcoming Events

Freeman Sundays @3:

Sunday, Mar. 17, 2024

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: $15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students

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