University of South Carolina April Events Schedule

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April Events at the School of Music

April 2019
“After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
– Aldous Huxley
Schedule subject to change.
Visit for up-to-date info, student and studio recitals.
Tue., April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Swing Shift Big Band Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Learn about the
Jazz area
at UofSC

Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium Series – Free
Fri., April 5, 1:10–2:00 p.m.
“Conducting Business”
School of Music Room 232
Presented by Marianna Ritchey, University of Massachusetts.
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management.
Fri., April 5, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
“Intel Beethoven: The New Spirit of Classical Music”
School of Music Room 210
Co-sponsored by Composition.
Thu., April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Concert: Erik Carlson and the UofSC Experimental Music Workshop
701 CCA at 701 Whaley St.
Directed by Greg Stuart.
Co-sponsored by the South Carolina Honors College.
Fri., April 12, 1:10-2:00 p.m.
“Singing, Scatting, and Speaking Black Aesthetics: (Re)Hearing the Vocal Roots of the Black Arts Movement”
School of Music, Room 232
Presented by Heather Buffington-Anderson, Claflin University.
Co-Sponsored by the African American Studies Program.
Fri., April 19, 1:10-2:00 p.m.
School of Music Student Showcase
School of Music, Room 232
Danielle Wood, BM horn performance and Taylor Gable, MM music history
Learn about the
Music History area
at UofSC.

Wed., April 3, 4:30 p.m.
Beth Chandler Guest Artist Flute Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Guest artist recital featuring Beth Chandler, professor of flute, James Madison University.
Learn about the
Woodwinds area at UofSC.
Parker Quartet Residency April 3–7
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., April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Parker Quartet Concert
School of Music Recital Hall
Tickets: adults $15; senior citizens, USC faculty & staff, and military $10; students $5.
Purchase online or at the door.
The program:
Mozart – Quartet in E-flat major
Iannis Xenakis – Tetras
Beethoven – String Quartet in E-flat major, op. 74 “Harp”
Fri., April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Parker Quartet Master Class
School of Music Recital Hall
Open to the public to observe. Free
Sat., April 6, 7:30 p.m.
Chamber Music Day Performance/Competition
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
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, the prizes of the competition are awarded. Free and open to the public to observe.
Learn more.
Sun, April 7, 5:00 p.m.
Parker Quartet Family Concert
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business – Free
The program:
Strauss – Capriccio for String Sextet
Brahms – Sextet in G major
Daniel Sweaney, viola, and
Robert Jesselson, cello

Mon., April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Computer Music Concert: Mutational Music
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
This year’s Computer Music concert is presented in a lecture-recital format. xMUSE director
Reginald Bain gives a lecture titled
Mutational Music that explores the intersections of music, genetics and sonification.
The lecture is immediately followed by the world premiere of Bain’s new electronic composition
Double Helix. Experience the thrill of watching humans and machines collaborate in real time to create the music of the future.

Mon., April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Jonathan Kierspe Guest Artist Saxophone Recital
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business – Free
Learn about the
Woodwinds area at UofSC.

Tue., April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Combos Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
See UofSC’s
Jazz ensembles

Thu., April 11, 2019 – 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 the
Percussion area at UofSC.
Fri., April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., April 14 – 3:00 p.m.
Opera at USC – Lanny and Sidney Palmer One Act Series:
North American premiere
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
, by
Judith Weir
, is a contemporary love story that follows the passionate development of the relationship between two characters set in a modern war zone. Rinaldo is an army officer conflicted about his love for peace and his duty as a soldier. Armida, a high-powered television journalist, is equally conflicted by her profession as a war reporter in her occupied country. She enters the army camp to interview a soldier; she spirits him away and they start to fall in love. His fellow soldiers want him to return, but Rinaldo no longer has an appetite for combat. In the end, love triumphs. The war ends and Rinaldo and his comrades start growing flowers and vegetables in the desert. Armida’s employer, Metropolis News, decides to stop covering wars and specialize in gardening shows.
Learn about
Opera at USC

A Musical Feast
It’s reimagined!
Sat., April 13, 6:30–9:00 p.m.
It will be an evening you don’t want to miss! Stroll through 6 different spaces within the Koger Center and experience a different musical performance in each space, performed by School of Music students, all while enjoying delicious food and drink. It is a true moveable
Musical Feast! Proceeds fund scholarships for students of the School of Music.
$125 per person
$85 young professionals (ages 25-40 with i.d.)
Buy tickets here. For more info, call Caroline Earp 803-576-5763.

Tue., April 16, 7:30 p.m.
UofSC Men’s and Women’s Chorus Concert
Main Street United Methodist Church – Free

Tue., April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Percussion Ensemble Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
The UofSC Percussion Ensemble is UofSC’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.
Percussion ensembles at UofSC.

Wed., April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina Alive Jazz Vocal Ensemble Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
This ensemble group performs a cappella, with keyboards, combo and big bands.
Learn about the
Voice area at UofSC.

Thu., April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Chamber Music Night Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Learn about
Chamber Music at UofSC.

Tue., April 23, 6:00 p.m.
Graduate Vocal Ensemble Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Tue., April 23, 7:30 p.m.
UofSC Symphony Orchestra: Scheherazade!
Koger Center for the Arts
Carolina’s premier orchestra presents:
Maurice Ravel – Shéhérazade – with
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, Op. 35
As an internationally recognized leading interpreter of contemporary and modern music, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway brings versatility and compelling insight to stages worldwide. Her work has been praised by The New York Times for “penetrating clarity” and “considerable depth of expression” and by Opera News for her “adept musicianship and dramatic flair.”
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. Discounted tickets must be purchased at the box office.

Wed., April 24, 7:30 p.m.
UofSC Campus Orchestra Concert
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business – Free
Learn about
Orchestras at UofSC.

Wed., April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Graduate String Quartet Spring Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
The UofSC Graduate String Quartet is comprised of the university’s finest string players, performing a diverse and dynamic repertoire of chamber masterworks from the Classical period through the 21st century on the highest professional level.
Thu., April 25, 10:00 a.m.
Symphonic Winds Children’s Concert: B is for Band!
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
In a concert designed for Kindergarten–2nd graders, Symphonic Winds and conductor
Cormac Cannon explore the alphabet through music. The 50-minute program features full ensemble pieces, smaller section pieces, and audience participation as students learn about the alphabet, musical instruments, composers and how music is created.
To RSVP, call the Band Office at (803) 777-4278, or e-mail

Thu., April 25, 4:30 p.m.
New Sounds Quartet Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
The New Sounds Quartet, UofSC’s graduate string quartet devoted to the music of our time, play an exciting concert of music by UofSC faculty composer
John Fitz Rogers, the eclectic John Zorn, and beautiful music by medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut arranged by USC violin professor and New Sounds Quartet coach
Ari Streisfeld.
Thu., April 25, 7:30 p.m.
University Bands Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
These large concert ensembles are made up of a diverse group of students pursuing degrees from all across campus.
Tonya Mitchell and
Jack Eaddy conduct.
Fri., April 26, 7:30 p.m.
UofSC Concert Choir
Shandon United Methodist Church – Free
The prestigious Concert Choir has performed both near and far, performing abroad in such countries as Spain, Italy and Austria under the direction of
Larry Wyatt who retires at the end of the year. This is his last official concert as director of choral studies.

Fri., April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Dez Cordas Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Dez Cordas is an unusual duo featuring double bassist
Craig Butterfield and guitarist
Matthew Slotkin, who perform an eclectic mix of musical styles from tango to jazz to baroque. Both musicians are classically trained, yet show their diverse musical roots in arrangements by a wide variety of music by composers.

Sat., April 27, 7:30 p.m.
New Voices: Music by USC Student Composers
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
UofSC’s student composers present a concert of their work.
Sun., April 28, 7:30 p.m.
University Chorus Concert
Shandon Presbyterian Church (607 Woodrow St., Cola, 29205) – Free
The University Chorus is UofSC’s largest choir and performs diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. Concerts feature the finest choral masterworks and compositions by current composers, as well as folk song settings from around the world.
Learn about the
Choral ensembles at UofSC.

Mon. April 29, 7:00 pm.
UofSC String Project Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – $5
This year, we end our concert with an arrangement of the 3rd movement of Beethoven’s 5th symphony—wind parts performed by members of the
New Horizons Band
UofSC String Project provides instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass through group classes and orchestras. The nationally recognized program offers beginning classes for children in 3rd through 5th grade and beginning classes for adults.

Tue., April 30, 6:00 p.m.
Larry Wyatt & Walter Cuttino Retirement Banquet
Copenhaver Band Hall (326 Sumter St.)
Join us as we celebrate with Larry Wyatt and Walter Cuttino! Reception 6:00 p.m. / Dinner follows. $35 RSVP
by April 19.