November Events at the University of South Carolina School of Music

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November 2018
“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Schedule subject to change. Visit for up-to-date info.
Thu., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
USC Symphony Orchestra:
Brahms Symphony No. 1
Koger Center for the Arts
Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C-minor
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major “Emperor” – Steven Spooner, piano
At the very fore of American pianists, critics and audiences have unanimously hailed the distinctive and compelling performances of pianist
Steven Spooner
. Passionately devoted to the recital as a platform for innovation, he has been engaged and often re-engaged at prestigious venues such as the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Shanghai Concert Hall, Budapest’s Great Hall of the Liszt Academy, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Rome’s Santa Cecilia and Singapore’s Esplanade.
Read about the concert.
USC Students – free with student ID
(pick up from Koger Box Office, corner of Park and Greene, before 5:00 p.m. on day of concert or the Koger lobby immediately prior to the performance).
General public – $30; senior citizen/USC faculty and staff – $25; children under 18 and non-USC students with ID – $5. Koger Box Office (M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or
online here
Fri. & Sat., Nov. 2, 3, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 4, 3:00 p.m.
Opera at USC:
Amelia al ballo
Drayton Hall Theater (1214 College St)
Amelia al Ballo
– Amelia wants to go to the ball so badly she goes to great lengths to get there. This one-act opera buffa (comic opera), was Gian Carlo Menotti’s first critical success. Farcical events and even a passionate musical argument unfold as a young socialite plots to overcome the obstacles to get her to the ball. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
– This quirky chamber operetta, sung in French with English supertitles, is based on the Cinderella story with a Prince, stepsisters, disguises, and of course, love. The composer, Pauline García Viardot, was highly regarded as an opera singer and actress during her lifetime. She wrote both the libretto and score for her final two operas, including her last,
. When she was 83 in 1904, she premiered
in her Paris salon.
Read more here.
Tickets: Adults: $25; seniors/USC faculty & staff/military: $20; students with ID: $10
Purchase tickets
online here
or purchase at the door. Please note that online sales end at 3 p.m. on opening day. After that you may purchase at the door one hour before show.
Mon., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
USC Percussion Ensemble Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
The USC Percussion Ensemble is USC’s premier percussion ensemble and performs a wide variety of music written expressly for percussion. Selections range from chamber works for three to four performers to works using large forces and many instruments.
Wed., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Combos Recital
Johnson Performance Hall
Darla Moore School of Business
(1014 Greene St.) – Free
Thu., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Left Bank Big Band Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
USC’s premier jazz ensemble, Left Bank Big Band, often features well-known jazz artists as guest soloists and frequently premieres arrangements and compositions written by USC jazz faculty and students.
Learn about Jazz Studies.
Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium Series – Free
Fri., Nov. 9, 1:10 p.m.
“Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack for
My Neighbor Totoro
School of Music, Room 232
Presented by Kunio Hara, University of South Carolina.
Fri., Nov. 9, 7:30 pm.
Phillip Bush Faculty Piano Recital: Piano USA 1918
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Phillip Bush
performs a program of piano works that convey the full breadth of the “new music” as it was first heard 100 years ago in the United States. The cornerstone of this program is the mammoth “Concord” Sonata of Charles Ives, considered the landmark American piano work of the 20th century and itself a glance backwards from its own time to the New England Transcendentalists of the mid-19th-century. Also included on the program are works from the late 1910s by Arthur Foote, Charles Griffes, Marion Bauer, Henry Cowell and Leo Ornstein.
Sun., Nov. 11, 3:00 p.m.
Percussion Players Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Sun., Nov. 11, 3:00 p.m.
USC Men’s & USC Women’s Chorus Concert
Union United Methodist Church
(7582 Woodrow St, Irmo) – Free
Learn about studying
Voice at UofSC
Mon., Nov. 12, 8:00 p.m.
Southern Exposure New Music: JACK Quartet
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Zosha Di Castri – String Quartet No. 1
György Ligeti – String Quartet No. 2
Georg Friedrich Haas – String Quartet No. 9
Called “superheroes of the new music world” (Boston Globe), JACK is one of the most highly esteemed string quartets in chamber music today. JACK’s Southern Exposure show includes a work by one of their most famed collaborators, the acclaimed and controversial Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, performed entirely in the dark.
Tue., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Palmetto Pans Steel Drum Band Concert
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., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina Alive Jazz Vocal Ensemble Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Thu., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
USC Wind Ensemble
Nico Muhly World Premiere Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
USC’s premier wind ensemble presents a world premiere by
Nico Muhly
, one of the country’s top composers –
Reliable Sources
for bassoon and orchestral winds. The piece was commissioned by a consortium of bassoonists and conductors around the country that was organized and led by music faculty Michael Harley, Scott Weiss and the USC Wind Ensemble. A highly sought-after composer, Nico Muhly has received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and many others. He has also appeared as himself in a recurring role on the popular show
Mozart in the Jungle
Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Marina Lomazov Piano Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Praised by critics as “a diva of the piano” (The Salt Lake City Tribune), “a mesmerizing risk-taker” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), and “simply spectacular” (Chicago International Music Foundation) Ukrainian-American pianist
Marina Lomazov
has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today.
Sun., Nov. 18, 4:00 p.m.
Palmetto Concert Band
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
This ensemble is made up of professional and semiprofessional musicians from throughout SC, NC and Georgia. A majority of its members are alumni of the UofSC School of Music, and more than half of its members are public school band directors.
Read about the ensemble.
Mon., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Derek Brown, Guest Artist Saxophone Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Ground-breaking saxophonist
Derek Brown
has thrilled and enlightened audiences around the world with his ground-breaking “BEATBoX SAX” style, using innovative, mind-bending techniques to take the saxophone where it’s never gone before!
Tue., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m.
University Band and Symphonic Winds Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
Wed., Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Saxophone Ensemble Performance
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
at UofSC.
Saxophone student
Thu., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.
USC Graduate String Quartet Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
The USC Graduate Quartet is the premiere string chamber group in the USC School of Music and performs the gamut of the repertoire from the Classical period to the 21st century.
at UofSC.
Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Chamber Music Night Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Read about
Chamber Music
at UofSC.