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November 2017
“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely,
more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
– Leonard Bernstein

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Groups of 15+ get discounts to Bernstein MASS

Get your tickets today!
Single tickets and discounted Group tickets are on sale now for the School of Music’s biggest event ever, happening March 2, 3, 4.
MASS, sung in English, Latin and Hebrew, was Bernstein’s most ambitious theater work. Themes of faith, doubt and tolerance, and the work’s powerful message of hope, renewal and unity through peace and understanding, is explored through journeys both spiritual and secular. After the premiere’s final note in 1971, the audience sat in silence for three minutes, then stood and applauded for 30. The epic stage production includes two orchestras, a rock band, a blues band, several choirs, singers, dancers and actors.
Need gift-giving ideas? MASS tickets make thoughtful gifts. Learn more and buy tickets.
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.

Thu, Nov 2, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Combos Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

Learn about USC’s Jazz program.

The Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium Series
Fri, Nov 3, 1:10 p.m.
Bonnie Jones presents “A Curious Listener: Electronic Music, Artistic Process, and Community Work”
School of Music, Room 232 – Free

Fri, Nov 3, 8:00 p.m.
Bonnie Jones with the Experimental Music Workshop
Tapp’s Arts Center (1644 Main St) – $8 / students $5

Bonnie Jones (Baltimore, MD) joins the USC Experimental Music Workshop (Greg Stuart, director) for an evening of adventurous music-making presented by Infinite Room and the USC Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium Series. Jones leads the ensemble in “Sounding Points of Light” for light-controlled synthesizers built by members of the xMuse Workshop. The concert also includes a solo set from Jones and the world premiere of David Kirkland Garner’s “passage Baptiste” for winds, percussion and smartphone chorus. Check out the series.

Fri, Nov 3 and 4, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, Nov 5, 3:00 p.m.
Opera at USC: La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart
Drayton Hall Theater (1214 College St)

When love triangles collide, how does true love prevail? Opera at USC presents Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, a fully staged opera with live orchestra. The comic opera is set in 1920s Hollywood and sung in Italian. If you thought modern romance was complicated, come see what happens when five love triangles collide. Love and jealousy, disguise and romance set the pace for the farcical opera and proves anything can happen in the early days of Hollywood – and in a Mozart opera! Read about it.

Adults: $25; seniors/USC faculty & staff/military: $20; students with ID: $7
Purchase tickets online, call 803-777-5369, or purchase at the door. Please note that online and phone sales end at 3 p.m. on opening day. After that you may purchase at the door one hour before the show.

Mon, Nov 6, 4:30 p.m.
Gary Malvern Guest Artist Trumpet Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Gary J. Malvern, professor of trumpet and music history at Furman University, has performed with numerous chamber groups and as a soloist and clinician. Malvern has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and served as artist-in-residence at the Conservatorium in Perth, Australia. He has recorded several works for Nuovo Musiche per Tromba (New Works for Trumpet), a recording company based in Verona, Italy, and is a regular performer and clinician for Feste Fantini, an annual trumpet Festival at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He was the recipient of Furman’s Meritorious Teaching Award in 1999.

Mon, Nov 6, 7:30 p.m.
USC Percussion Ensemble Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Composer and USC percussion alum Baljinder Sekhon joins the USC Percussion Ensemble. From works for large ensemble to solo works to electronic music, Sekhon demonstrates a wide range of interests and styles. “Death is an Advisor” for solo piano and percussion ensemble features professor David Cutler on piano. USC saxophone professor Clifford Leaman is featured on “Gradient 2.0.” “Twelve Virtues” for soprano and percussion ensemble features professor Tina Stallard. The concert concludes with “Colored Windows, Tempered Rooms.”
Learn about our percussion program.

Tue, Nov 7, 7:30 p.m.
Swing Shift Big Band Concert
School of Music Recital Hall– Free

Learn about USC’s Jazz ensembles.

The Parker Quartet is back!
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.

Thu, Nov 9, 7:30 p.m.
Parker Quartet Concert
School of Music Recital Hall
The Program:
Mozart – Quartet in B-flat major, K. 589
Ligeti – Quartet No. 1 “Metamorphoses nocturnes”
Sibelius – Quartet in D minor, Op. 56, “Voces intimae”
Tickets: adults $15; senior citizens, USC faculty & staff, and military $10; students $5. Purchase online, at the door, or by calling 803-576-5763.

Fri, Nov 10, 7:00 p.m.
Parker Quartet Master Classes
Free and open to the public
Individual Instrument Master Classes: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Violin: Room 210 and Room 214
Viola: Room 201; Cello: Room 040
Chamber Music Master Class: 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Sun, Nov 12, 5:00 p.m.
Parker Quartet Family Concert
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 – Free
The program:
Stravinsky – Concertino
Stravinsky – Three Pieces for String Quartet
Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 with Joseph Eller, clarinet

Sat, Nov 11, all day
SC Double Reed Day
School of Music Building – $40 includes lunch
Double reed players of all ages and abilities are invited to the biennial South Carolina Double Reed Day at USC. You can experience a full day of clinics, reed classes, recitals and master classes for the oboe and bassoon. Activities and classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced reed players ensure a day full of great learning, listening and playing experiences. School of Music faculty members host the event, which culminates with a double reed ensemble performance by all participants. Register here.

Sun, Nov 12, 3:00 p.m.
USC Men’s and Women’s Chorus Concert
Union United Methodist Church (7582 Woodrow Street, Irmo) – Free

Learn about USC’s Voice area.

Sun, Nov 12, 7:30 p.m.
Percussion Players Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

See USC’s Percussion ensembles.

Tue, Nov 14, 7:30 p.m.
USC Wind Ensemble with Rebecca Nagel, oboe
Richland Library Main (1431 Assembly St, 29201) – Free

USC’s premiere wind ensemble, Scott Weiss, conductor and Nathan Tucker, guest conductor, present an evening of wind chamber music performed in the newly-reimagined space of the Richland Library on Main Street, highlighted by Michael Daugherty’s Firecracker for solo oboe and chamber ensemble, featuring USC professor of oboe, Rebecca Nagel.
See the season.

Tue, Nov 14, 7:30 p.m.
SAI Winter Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

Wed, Nov 15, 4:30 p.m.
JaDeja Quartet Guest Artist Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

UNCG Wind Faculty, Erika Boysen, flute; Mary Ashley Barret, oboe; Abigail Pack, horn; and James Douglass, piano, present a recital including works by Blaz Pucihar (b. 1977), Jean-Michel Damase (1928-2013), Paul Basler (b. 1963), and York Bowen (1884-1961).

Wed, Nov 15, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina Alive Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Carolina Alive is a vocal jazz ensemble of singers chosen by audition. In addition to traditional vocal jazz, they sing jazz arrangements of popular tunes. This ensemble group performs a cappella, with keyboards, combo and big bands. Learn about USC’s Jazz ensembles.

Thu, Nov 16, 7:30 p.m.
University Chorus Concert
Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street, 29205 – Free

Daniel Cole, conductor; Sunjoo Lee, pianist; Ari Stresifeld, violinist; Serena Hill-LaRoche, soprano, Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano, Michael Gray, tenor, and Jacob Will, bass-baritone, present Ralph Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Daniel Pinkham Wedding Cantata and short choral works by Franz Schubert, J.A.C. Redford, Scott Perkins and Jacob Naverud. Learn about USC’s Choral ensembles.

Thu, Nov 16, 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. Learn about USC’s Percussion ensembles.

Fri, Nov 17, 1:10 p.m.
The Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium Series
School of Music, Room 232 – Free
Katherine Baber, University of Redlands, presents “‘All the World’s a Stage’: Performing the Universal at International Festivals during the Cold War.”
Learn about the School of Music’s Academic area.

Fri, Nov 17, 7:30 p.m.
Southern Exposure New Music Series – Vicky Chow: Surface Image
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

Pianist Vicky Chow, described as “brilliant” by The New York Times and a member of the legendary Bang on a Can All-Stars, performs Tristan Perich’s astounding Surface Image (2013) for piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics. Surface Image has been called “the ultimate meeting of organic and electronic” and “a universe all its own.” USC’s Recital Hall stage will be covered with 40 small loudspeakers, each wired to hand-built electronics, for this landmark duet between Ms. Chow and an ever-transforming flurry of simple electronic tones.

Southern Exposure is devoted to exploring the rich variety of contemporary classical and world music written in the past 30 years and masterworks of the 20th century. The series has achieved a national reputation for the quality and adventurous spirit of its four yearly concerts, unparalleled in the southeast for their mix of artistic quality, audience education and cutting-edge programming. See the season.

Saturday, Nov 18
9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Suzuki Strings Fall Solo Recitals
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

Learn about Suzuki Strings at USC.

Sat, Nov 18
Thomas Rosenkranz Guest Artist
Hailed as “One of the best new music performers around” (American Record Guide), Thomas Rosenkranz enjoys a musical life as a soloist, chamber musician and artist teacher. Since winning the Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association, his concert career has taken him to four continents. He is a former Cultural Ambassador to Tunisia and Lebanon sponsored by the U.S. State Department. His repertoire extends from the works of J.S. Bach to premieres of works written exclusively for him, often including improvisation into his performances.

10:00 a.m.– noon
Piano Master Class
Johnson Performance Hall – Free

7:30 p.m.
Thomas Rosenkranz Guest Artist Piano Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

Franz Schubert Two Impromptus
Thomas Rosenkranz Improvisations
Frederic Rzewski The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Sat, Nov 18
SC All-State Flute Workshop

Flute players in 6-12th grade and of all abilities are invited to the annual SC All-State Flute Workshop at USC. Experience a full day of clinics, audition preparation to be better prepared for Honor, Region and All-State Band auditions. Activities and sessions for junior, clinic and senior division flute players ensure a day full of great learning and practical audition experience. Jennifer Parker-Harley, The Carolina Flute Guild, and UofSC Flute Studio members host the event, which culminates with a mock All-State audition and a winner for each division. The day’s activities include: warm up class, scales and terms, mental preparation for auditions and performances, rhythm and sight-reading, solo etude master classes and a mock audition.
$40 pre-registration covers all activities and lunch; $45 day of registration (lunch not guaranteed.) For more info, email
Learn about USC’s Woodwind area.

Sun, Nov 19, 3:00 p.m.
Freeman Sundays @3
School of Music Recital Hall

Freeman Sunday concerts feature the university’s renowned music faculty in fresh and vibrant chamber music programs that pair canonic masterpieces alongside brand new works. This popular series has been raising scholarship money for more than 20 years. See the season.
The Program:
Partita in D minor – J.S. Bach (Arr. Segovia-Busoni) V. Chaconne
Christopher Berg, guitar

Duo Sonata for Bb Clarinet and Alto Saxophone – Gregory Wanamaker (b. 1968)
Joseph Eller, clarinet, and Clifford Leaman, alto saxophone

Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 – Johannes Brahms
Marina Lomazov, piano; Ari Streisfeld, violin; Daniel Sweaney, viola; Robert Jesselson, cello

$15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students. Purchase tickets online or call 803-777-4280 or at the door.

Sun, Nov 19, 4:00 p.m.
University Band Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – Free

Mon, Nov 20, 7:30 p.m.
USC Symphonic Winds Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – Free

The final Symphonic Winds performance of the semester includes both traditional and contemporary repertoire, some of which will be included on their featured performance at the 2018 College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference in Tampa, FL. The concert includes works by Grainger, Dooley, Bennett and Maslanka. See USC’s Concert Band ensembles.

Tue, Nov 28, 7:30 p.m.
Palmetto Concert Band
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
Read about the Palmetto Concert Band.

Wed, Nov 29, 7:30 p.m.
Euphonium/Tuba Ensemble Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Learn about USC’s Brass area.

Thu, Nov 30, 7:30 p.m.
USC Chamber Music Ensembles
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Enjoy an evening concert of chamber music. Learn about our chamber music program.

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