April Events at the USC School of Music

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April 2018
“I live my daydreams in music.”
– Albert Einstein
Schedule subject to change. Visit sc.edu/music for up-to-date info
Tue, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
USC Computer Music Concert:
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Under the direction of
Reginald Bain
, the USC Computer Music Concert is a showcase for USC students and faculty. Produced by the Experimental Music Studio (xMUSE), it features the creative products of active undergraduate research programs in digital synthesis, real-time interactive composition/performance and musical sonification. This year’s concert features new electroacoustic music by USC student composers
Kathryn Miller, Thomas Palmer, Michael VanBuhler, Ryan Williams, Jacob Wylie
and more. Join us for what promises to be an electrifying musical evening.
Tue, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Combos Recital
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 – Free   
Thu, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
USC Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Players
School of Music Recital Hall – Free   
Jesse Willis
, percussion professor at Coastal Carolina University, joins the USC Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Players to perform a wide variety of music written expressly for percussion. Willis, a world percussion specialist, leads the ensembles in pieces for Brazilian Samba Band.
Study percussion at USC.
Thu, April 5, 7:00 p.m.
USC Experimental Music Workshop Concert
Richland Library Main, Auditorium Free
Under the direction of
Greg Stuar
the USC Experimental Music Workshop performs poet Robert Lax’s stunning
Black/White Oratorio
(1997) for speaking chorus, Mieko Shiomi’s ephemeral
Boundary Music
(1963), and presents USC School of Music graduate students
Isabel Ong
Jenny Davis
in duo performance.
Brian Glavey
(USC Dept. of English) delivers a pre-performance talk about Lax’s poetry.
Thu, April 5–30
A line through the earth
Richland Library Main, 2nd floor Pop-Up Space – Free
Greg Stuart (USC School of Music) and Naomi Falk (USC School of Visual Art and Design) present their installation
A line through the earth
(2018). Combining paper sculptures, computer-generated sound and lighting elements, the installation runs throughout the month of April.
Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium Series
Fri, April 6, 1:10 p.m.
John Hullah and Charles Dickens’s ‘Decidedly English’ Opera: The Critical Response to
The Village Coquettes
School of Music, Room 232
Presented by Alison Mero, Clemson University.
Fri, April 13, 1:10 p.m.
Defenders of the Faith: Catholic Ideology and Eighteenth-Century Italian Music Theory
School of Music, Room 232 – Free
Presented by Gregory Barnett, Rice University.
Fri, April 27, 1:10 p.m.
Sounding Gentility: Music and Social Mobility in the Antebellum South
School of Music, Recital Hall – Free
Presented by Candace Bailey, North Carolina Central University.
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Southern Studies.
Friday, April 6, 2:30 p.m.
Composition Seminar: Carolina Coffee and Galant Expositions
School of Music, Room 210 – Free
Presented by L. Poundie Burstein, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center.
Mon, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
University Band Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
Tue, April 10
Richard Greener Tribute
6:30 p.m. Pre-concert conversation with the composers
7:30 p.m. Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
We celebrate the life and legacy of USC’s first African-American professor with readings by Greener biographer
Katherine Reynolds Chaddock
and world premieres by composers
Valerie Coleman
Jeff Scott
of the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds. The concert is performed by School of Music faculty and students and features Columbia baritone
Kendrick Williams
Supported by a Creative and Performing Arts Grant from the USC Provost’s Office and by the USC School of Music.
Tue, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saxophone Quartet and Ensemble Recital
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 – Free
saxophone detail
Wed, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Swing Shift Big Band Concert
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 – Free
Parker Quartet Residency
April 12–16
The Parker Quartet has been hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary.” The Boston Globe called them, “…intense, virtuosic, utterly assured…” Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for their dynamic, compelling interpretations, expansive colors, and varied repertoire ranging from classical to romantic to new music, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation.
Thu, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Parker Quartet Concert
USC School of Music Recital Hall
The program:
Mendelssohn – String Quartet, Op. 44, No. 2
Bartók – String Quartet No. 6
Tickets: adults $15; senior citizens, USC faculty & staff, and military $10; students $5.
Purchase online
, at the door, or by calling 803-777-4280.
Fri, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Parker Quartet Master Class
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 – Free
Master classes are free and open to the public to observe.
Sun, April 15, 5:00 p.m.
Parker Quartet Family Concert
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 – Free
School of Music faculty
William Terwilliger
Ari Streisfeld
, violins;
Daniel Sweaney
, viola; and
Robert Jesselson
, cello, perform with the Parker Quartet on the Mendelssohn Octet.
The program:
Mozart – String Quartet in G Major, K.156
Mendelssohn – Octet in E flat Major, Op. 20
Sat, April 14
Chamber Music Day for High School Students
3:15–5:30 p.m.
Master Classes
USC School of Music Recital Hall and Room 006
7:30 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1
Eight advanced high school string quartets are mentored through intense coachings and master classes by members of the Parker Quartet and the USC School of Music string faculty. Immediately following the evening performance of all the quartets, competition prizes are awarded. Free and open to the public to observe.
Sat, April 14, 7:30 p.m. and Sun, April 15, 3:00 p.m.
Opera at USC: The Lanny and Sidney Palmer One Act Series
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
In addition to two fully staged operas with orchestra each year, Opera at USC presents free one-act operas with piano accompanist.
Le 66

Does he have the winning lottery ticket? Cousins Frantz and Grittly have heard that Grittly’s sister is in trouble and are hitchhiking across Canada to come to her aid. On their way they meet Berthold, a traveling salesman, who claims Frantz has the winning numbers to a lottery. Upon learning that he won, Frantz borrows money from the salesman and goes on a spending spree, coming back dressed in absurd luxury. Grittly, Berthold and Frantz himself soon find out how money can truly change a person. Frantz and Grittly decide to part ways and eventually figure out exactly who this Berthold character really is.
Sung in French with English supertitles.

La cambiale di matrimonio
The Marriage Contract
All the verve, wit, madcap energy and sparkling musicality that is the trademark of Gioachino Rossini’s mature operatic output are abundantly present in this opera-composing debut by the precocious 18-year-old Rossini. Tobia Mill is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a fellow shopkeeper Slook, traveling from the New World. He has secret plans to marry his daughter Fanny to this man and has all the pieces in place. When the word gets out about this marriage, Fanny, hurt and upset, begins plotting with her secret lover Edoardo on how to get rid of this stranger. Slook arrives in London fascinated by their unusual customs and eager to meet his new wife. He soon finds out that she doesn’t want anything to do with this marriage, but is afraid to tell him why. Mad and upset, he refuses to honor Tobia Mill’s marriage contract and is promptly challenged to a duel. Is death the only solution for the two? Will Fanny have to marry this odd Canadian or her soul mate?
Sung in Italian with English supertitles..
Tue, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
USC Men’s and USC Women’s Chorus   
Shandon United Methodist Church
(3407 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205)
Tue, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Palmetto Pans Steel Drum Band
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Palmetto Pans Steel Drum Band performs the music of Trinidad and Tobago, island classics and popular music on 55-gallon oil drums transformed into musical instruments.
Wed, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina Alive Recital
USC School of Music Recital Hall – Free   
Thu, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
USC Wind Ensemble Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
The USC Wind Ensemble’s final performance of the season includes the premiere of a new saxophone concerto by composer Stacy Garrop and the premiere of a fascinating new work by USC’s own
David Garner
. Aaron Copland’s only original piece for wind band,
, opens the program, and Frank Ticheli’s jazz-inspired
Blue Shades
puts an exclamation mark on the season. 
Scott Weis
, conductor;
Cormac Cannon
Nathan Tucker
, guest conductor;
Clifford Leaman
, saxophone
The program:
Aaron Copland –
Stacy Garrop – Saxophone Concerto (premiere performance)
David Garner – Handel Suite for Wind Ensemble (world premiere)
Frank Ticheli –
Blue Shades
Fri, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
University Chorus: Songs of Night, Fantasy and Lament 
Jackson Hall, First Presbyterian Church (1324 Marion St.) – Free
The University Chorus presents Choral works by Claudio Monteverdi, Johannes Brahms, James MacMillan, Irving Fine, Ralph Vaughan Williams and David DelTredici.
Learn about choral ensembles at USC.
Sun, April 22, 3:00 p.m.
Ari Streisfeld, violin, and Phillip Bush, piano, Faculty Recital
USC School of Music Recital Hall – Free   
Ari Streisfeld
, assistant professor of violin and violin pedagogy, has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for his performances of diverse repertoire and has established himself as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary classical music. Praised for his “dazzling performance” by The New York Times and “scintillating playing” by New York Classical Review, Dr. Streisfeld is a founding member of the world renowned JACK Quartet.
Phillip Bush
, associate professor of piano and chamber music, is a pianist of uncommon versatility with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. His active and unconventional career has taken him to many parts of the globe. Since his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum in 1984, Mr. Bush has appeared as recitalist throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
Sun, April 22, 4:00 p.m.
USC Symphonic Winds Concert: Stage and Screen
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
USC Symphonic Winds performs music that represents both traditional and contemporary genres and is comprised of both music majors and non-majors. The season ends with a program of music from a variety of movies and stage works.
Cormac Cannon
, conductor;
Tonya Mitchell
Christian M. Noon
, guest conductors.
The program:
John Williams (arr. Curnow) “The Cowboys” Overture
Leonard Bernstein (arr. Grundman)
Candide Suite
Khachaturian (trans. Hunsberger)
Three Dance Episodes
from the ballet “Spartacus”
Hans Zimmer (arr. Morita)
Pirates of the Caribbean
Richard Wagner (trans. Cailliet)
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
from “Lohengrin”
Mon, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
John Fadial and Andrew Harley Guest Artist Recital
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 – Free
John Fadial
, violin, University of Wyoming, has appeared on four continents as chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue, and his performances have been praised by the critics – “Sparkling Technique,” L’Est Republicain “Wow! Great Stuff,” The Washington Post.
Andrew Harley
, piano, University of NC, Greensboro, enjoys a performing and teaching career recognized at both a national and international level. Specializing in instrumental chamber music and song literature, he has been heard in live broadcasts on national radio and television, and on numerous recordings made on the Centaur label.
Tue, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
USC Symphony Orchestra: Mahler’s “Titan”
Koger Center for the Arts
The USC Symphony Orchestra concludes its season with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, a monumental work that takes listeners from the mystic awakening of nature to an exhilarating, heart-stopping finale. The evening opens with the stormy clarinet concerto of Danish composer Carl Nielsen.
The program:
Nielsen – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, op. 57 with
Joseph Eller
, clarinet
Mahler – Symphony No. 1 in D major “Titan”      

USC Students – free with student ID
(must be picked up from the Koger before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance).

General public – $30; senior citizen/USC faculty and staff – $25; children under 18 and non-USC students with ID – $5. Call 803-251-2222 or Koger Box Office, corner of Greene and Park Streets (M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or online at
. Discounted tickets must be purchased at the box office.
Wed, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Spark Collective Concert
Richland Library Main
(1431 Assembly Street) — Free
USC’s eclectic
Spark Collective
presents a concert of music written expressly for them, along with works by Daniel Roumain, USC student composers, and Rzewski’s landmark
Coming Together
Wed, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Campus Orchestra Concert
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 – Free
Wed, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Bassoon Studio Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Thu, April 26, 6:00 p.m.
Graduate Vocal Ensemble   
School of Music Recital Hall – Free   
The Graduate Vocal Ensemble is one of the hallmarks of the master’s and doctoral degree programs in choral conducting. The ensemble is made up of graduate choral conducting majors, interested graduate voice majors and advanced undergraduate singers.
Thu, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
USC Chamber Music Ensembles
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Join us for an evening of chamber music performed by USC student ensembles. These programs feature groups with diverse instrumentation and music from many different style periods, from widely acknowledged masterpieces to lesser-known gems of the chamber music repertoire.
Study chamber music at USC.
Fri, April 27, 6:00 p.m.
Lomazov Studio Piano Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Fri, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
USC Concert Choir   
Main Street United Methodist Church (1830 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201) – Free
USC’s premier choral ensemble presents a free concert.
Learn about USC’s choral ensembles.
Sat, April 28
Suzuki Strings at USC Spring Concert
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 – Free
9:00 a.m. Violins and Violas
11:00 a.m. Cellos and Guitars
Sat, April 28, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Sounds Around Town and Pop-Up Music School
Soda City Market (Main St, Columbia)
Music students perform chamber concerts on the half-hour between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Soda City Market. This annual event is a series of outdoor performances in public spaces around Columbia that allows citizens to interact with the music on their own terms and offers students an entirely different performance experience than the concert hall provides. This year, to expand the outreach and impact of Sounds Around Town, we’ve added the Pop-Up Music School. Four booths, displaying the four families of instruments – woodwinds, strings, brass and percussion. Passersby will be encouraged to visit the booths for mini-lessons of any and as many of the instruments of their choosing. Lessons will be taught by teachers and students from the USC School of Music community.
Sat, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
New Voices: USC Student Composers Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
USC’s student composers present a concert of their work.
Study composition at USC.
Sun, April 29, 1:00 p.m.
Carolina LifeSong Initiative Student Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free   
Carolina LifeSong Initiative
piano students in a celebration of their achievements. Students perform repertoire, compositions and improvise for the audience. The Carolina LifeSong Initiative provides piano lessons and music experiences for students with autism and other special needs. The concert is a sensory-friendly environment.
Mon, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
String Project Spring Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – $5
Learn about the
USC String Project.
Mon, April 30, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Combos Concert
School of Music Recital Hall– Free