So freshman year I lived in Parkside Arts & Humanities, on the Music Floor! At USC you can choose to live on ‘special interest floors’ as a freshman. It was quite the interesting experience; a lot of my suitemates were music majors, but there were also many pre-meds, journalism majors and even engineers! It mostly was just anyone who had an appreciation for music.
I feel like I’ve gotten a bit off track; let me readjust myself! I made two friends from this Music Floor who are both music performance majors; Emily is a flute performance major, and Andrew is studying the clarinet. I’ve been friends with them ever since freshman year.
Last weekend, my friend Emily was playing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. She was selected by her professor to play with other USC Thornton School of Music students. Apparently USC Thornton is only asked to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall once every two years, so it was so awesome that she was selected for this great experience!
Andrew and I took public transportation (bus) up Figueroa St., it only took about 25 minutes to get there. This was the first time I had taken the bus since being at USC (I know, surprising; I usually mooch rides off my friends haha).
This concert hall was so beautiful! It was designed by Frank Gehry, who also designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion which I saw over the summer during my internship in Chicago.
This was my first time seeing any sort of live performance by a symphony, and the acoustics in this concert hall were so amazing. I was so glad I went, not only to support my friend, but also to see some great sites in LA!