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October 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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Bernstein MASS tickets make great gifts!

Tickets on sale now!
Single tickets and discounted Group tickets are on sale now for the School of Music’s biggest event ever, happening March 2, 3, 4.
Bernstein’s MASS is an iconic piece of Americana, and profound messages of peace and unity are deeply embedded into the music and the texts. The epic stage production includes two orchestras, a rock band, a blues band, several choirs, singers, dancers and actors, and features as the Celebrant acclaimed Seattle tenor Kevin Vortmann, who recently performed the role to critical praise with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Sung in English, Latin and Hebrew. Learn more and buy tickets.
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.

Sun, Oct 1, 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:
Sergei Taneyev – 5 Songs
Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano; Jacob Will, bass-baritone; Lynn Kompass, piano

Fang Man (b. 1980) – Lament
Michael Harley, bassoon

Johannes Brahms – Trio in A minor for Piano, Clarinet and Violoncello, Op. 114
Charles Fugo, piano; Joseph Eller, clarinet; 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.

Mon, Oct 2, 7:30 p.m.
Mark Nuccio Guest Artist Clarinet Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

Tue, Oct 3, 7:00 p.m.
Mark Nuccio Clarinet Master Class
School of Music, Room 016 – Free
Critics have praised clarinetist Mark Nuccio for his solo, orchestral and chamber appearances, describing him as “the evening’s highlight,” full of “mystery and insight” and “shaping his phrases beautifully with a rich, expressive tone.” (NY Times) Nuccio began his position as principal clarinet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in the 2016-17 season after 17 years with the New York Philharmonic. Phillip Bush, piano, joins Mark Nuccio on this concert.

Tue, Oct 3, 7:30 p.m.
USC Jazz Combos Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Learn about USC’s Jazz Program

Thu, Oct 5, 7:30 p.m.
Concert Choir and University Chorus – First Thursday on Main Concert
Main Street United Methodist Church (1830 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201) – Free

Learn about USC Choral Ensembles.

Luise E. Peake Music and Culture Colloquium Series
Thu, Oct 5, 7:00 p.m.
Woman in the Dunes Film Screening
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

Screening of the film Woman in the Dunes (1964) directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara with the score by Toru Takemitsu.

Fri, Oct 6, 1:10 p.m.
Imprints of Displacement, Alienation, and War Traumas in Films by Abe Kobo
School of Music, Room 232 – Free

Prof. Yayoi Uno Everett gives a talk on Woman in the Dunes.
Co-Sponsored by the Walker Institute for International and Area Studies

See the Series.

Fri, Oct 6, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina LifeSong Initiative Sensory-Friendly Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

The USC Carolina LifeSong Initiative is sponsoring a sensory-friendly music concert environment designed especially for our friends and families with autism and for all other members of our community who have special needs. Autism-specific and other coping behaviors are understood and welcomed. Please feel free to enjoy the music as you need. This concert is for you – please come and enjoy!

Learn more about Carolina LifeSong.

Sun, Oct 8, 4:00 p.m.
USC Symphonic Winds Concert: “Light and Dark”
Koger Center for the Arts – Free

USC Symphonic Winds performs music representing both traditional and contemporary genres. The ensemble is comprised of both music majors and non-majors, and musicians place into the ensemble through a blind audition process each semester.
The program:
Bremer – Early Light
Boss – Moments of Silence
Grainger/Rogers – Children’s March
Ticheli – Symphony No. 2

Learn about USC Concert Bands.

Tue, Oct 10, 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.

Learn about USC’s Voice Area.

Tue, Oct 10, 7:30 p.m.
Ronald Davis Faculty Tuba Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Ronald Davis has a varied background as a freelance performer, including being a founding member of the first professional tuba quartet to play at Disneyland, The Tubadours. The group capped its early years by winning television’s The Gong Show. He was an original cast member of the Pioneer Hall, Hoop-De-Doo Review, at Walt Disney World, Florida (playing banjo) and also performed regularly at California’s Knott’s Berry Farm and Ghost Town and Six Flags Magic Mountain. He is USC’s professor of tuba and euphonium.
Ron Davis

Fri, Oct 13, 2:00 p.m.
Arlene Shrut Vocal Master Class
School of Music, Room 040 – Free
Arlene Shrut stands out as a premier collaborative pianist. With her inspiring engagement and expertise, Shrut is one of the most popular coaches in the country. Her magnetic appeal is piloted by her achievements as an artist, teacher, innovator and advocate, with a commitment to training artists to personally communicate and visually engage with their audiences while reinvigorating performing arts as a whole.

Fri, Oct 13, 7:30 p.m.
Southern Exposure New Music: Invoke: American Postcards
School of Music Recital Hall – Free

Invoke, a bowed and fretted string quartet based in Austin, Texas, won USC’s 2016 Savvy Chamber Competition with a mesmerizing program inspired by roots music that combined instrumental music, poetry and song. Their Southern Exposure show highlights the group’s distinctive versatility – they augment the traditional string quartet with banjo, mandolin and voice – with the world premiere of four new works written for the ensemble by some of America’s most exciting young composers: Ian Dicke, David Kirkland Garner, Takuma Itoh and Steven Snowden. Each piece draws on a specific time and place in the USA for inspiration and includes visuals related to historical photographs. Arrive early as hall fills to capacity for this popular series.
See the season.

Sat, Oct 14, 9:30 a.m.–noon
Fall Festival for Young Pianists: Storytelling Through Music
USC School of Music – Free

Young pianists, age 5-12, participate in a variety of fun-filled musical activities, exploring the connection between stories and music. Students rotate through four classrooms: improvisation, composition, listening and performance. A morning snack is provided. The final event at 11:30 a.m. is a performance of The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant, music by Francis Poulenc, story by Jean De Brunhoff, performed by Dr. Sara Ernst. This storybook concert is perfect for the whole family. RSVP requested. Drop-ins welcome as space permits. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the School of Music lobby.
Programmed by the Center for Piano Studies and the USC MTNA Collegiate Chapter.

Center for Piano Studies.

Sat, Oct 14, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Bongotsov 2017: Bengal meets the World
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business
5:00–10:00 p.m., Booker T. Washington Auditorium
Explore the influence of eastern philosophy, ancient and modern Bengali culture, music and art, and understand the influence of Bengali literature on people’s lives. Bongotsov is organized by Chhondeshi, a Bengali cultural non-profit organization of South Carolina, in collaboration with the USC School of Music, the International Student Services, the SC State Museum and African American Studies program at USC.

Sun, Oct 15, 3:00 p.m.
Opus Two and Friends
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Opus Two, USC violinist William Terwilliger and pianist Andrew Cooperstock, perform two concertos for violin, piano and string quartet with the USC Graduate String Quartet. The elegant and expressive Concerto in F Major by Haydn is a rarely performed work by the renowned master of the Classical era, and the Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet by Ernest Chausson is a grand example of French romanticism. Members of the USC Graduate String Quartet are violinists JulieAnne Bennett and Haley Kovach, violist Chin-Wei Chan and cellist Pai Liu.

Sun, Oct 15, 4:00 p.m.
USC Wind Ensemble Concert
Koger Center for the Arts – Free

Join conductor Tonya Mitchell and trombonist Michael Wilkinson, the School of Music’s newest faculty members, as they make their Koger debuts. Steven Bryant’s virtuosic new trombone concerto, commissioned by the USC Wind Ensemble, receives its USC premiere.
The Program:
Joan Tower – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 2
Darius Milhaud – La creation du monde, Op. 81a
Steven Bryant -Trombone Concerto (Premiere Performance)
Aaron Perrine – A Glimpse of the Eternal
Morton Gould – Symphony No. 4 “West Point”

See the USC Wind Ensemble season.

Sat, Oct 21, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Suzuki Strings at USC Graduation Recitals
School of Music Recital Hall– Free
Suzuki Strings at USC offers private and group lessons in the Suzuki method for violin, viola, cello and guitar for children ages three and above. Learn about Suzuki Strings at USC.

Thu, Oct 26, 7:30 p.m.
Left Bank Big Band Concert
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
USC’s premier jazz ensemble often features well-known jazz artists as guest soloists and frequently premieres arrangements and compositions written by USC jazz faculty and students. Learn about USC Jazz program.

Fri, Oct 27, 7:30 p.m.
Phillip Bush Faculty Piano Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free
Phillip Bush 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.
The program:
Beethoven – Sonatas Op. 10, No. 3 and Op. 109
Donald Crockett – Pilgrimage
Debussy – Pour le piano

Sun, Oct 29, 3:00 p.m.
Blair Francis Guest Artist/Alumni Flute Recital
School of Music Recital Hall
$10/ free for USC students, faculty and staff
The Carolina Flute Guild presents USC alumna Blair Francis as this year’s featured guest artist in the second annual CFG Alumni Recital. Francis is acting section flutist with the New York Philharmonic for the 2017-2018 season. The Alumni Recital series is an annual fundraising event for the Carolina Flute Guild. The program features works by Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Eldin Burton, Yuko Uebayashi and Timothy Hagen. Francis performs with pianists Winifred Goodwin and Charles Fugo. Purchase tickets here.

Sun, Oct 29, 6:00 p.m.
University Chorus Concert
First Presbyterian Church (1324 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201) – Free
The University Chorus joins with the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Learn about USC’s Voice Area.

Mon, Oct 30, 7:30 p.m.
USC Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s “Pastoral”
Koger Center for the Arts

With its evocations of brooks, birdsongs and thunderstorms, Beethoven’s bucolic “Pastoral” symphony celebrates the beauty of nature and is one of the composer’s most beloved works. Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante opens the concert and showcases USC’s newest members of the string faculty, violinist Ari Streisfeld and violist Daniel Sweaney.
The program:
Mozart – Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra in E-flat Major
Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, op. 68 “Pastoral”

See the Season

NEW! USC Students – free with student ID (must be picked up from the Koger Box Office before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance).
Season Tickets: General public – $150; senior citizen/USC faculty and staff – $110; children under 18 – $45. Single Concerts: General public – $30; senior citizen/USC faculty and staff – $25; children under 18 and non-USC students with ID – $5; USC Students – free with student ID.

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.

Tue, Oct 31, 4:30 p.m.
USC Double Reed Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – Free