2010 – 11 Cultural Calendar
School of Music
During the academic year, guest artists and faculty may schedule additional recitals. As these recitals are scheduled, updates will be posted on the School of Music’s Web site: www.music.sc.edu. The School of Music is located at 813 Assembly St., next to the Koger Center for the Arts. The recital hall is located on the second floor of the School of Music. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Note: We’ve limited the Cultural Calendar to completed information only. We will notify you of updates as they become available.
Choral - For additional information, contact Sara Beardsley at 803-777-5369 or email@example.com.
Oct. 5 --- Graduate Vocal Ensemble Concert. 5:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
Nov. 14 --- Carolina Alive Concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
Nov. 19 --- University Chorus Fall Concert. 7:30 p.m. St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230 Bush River Road, Columbia.
Dec. 2 --- Graduate Vocal Ensemble Concert. 5:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
Dec. 3 --- Concert Choir Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, Columbia.
Dec. 5 --- Concert Choir Christmas Concert. 6 p.m. Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street, Columbia.
March 1 --- Concert Choir and the University Chorus Concert. 7:30 p.m. St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230 Bush River Road, Columbia.
April 13 --- Carolina Alive Concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music Recital Hall.
April 14 --- Concert Choir and the University Chorus Concert. 7:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St., Columbia.
April 21 --- Graduate Vocal Ensemble. 5:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
OPERA at USC - Tickets can be purchased by calling 803-777-0058. For more information, contact Ellen Schlaefer, opera director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are as follows: general admission, $18; seniors, faculty, staff, military, $15; students, $5. Season tickets are available.
Nov. 5 - 7 --- “Mr. Scrooge” by Samuel O. Douglas and “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night” by Dominick Argento” 7:30 p.m. Drayton Hall.
Feb. 25-27 --- “Cendrillon” by Jules Massenet (in French) 7:30 p.m. Drayton Hall.
Apr. 8-10 --- “An Evening of One Acts” -- “La Dolorosa” (abridged) by José Serrano and “Goyescas” by Enrique Granados (in Spanish with English dialogue). 7:30 p.m. April 8-9 and 3 p.m. April 10. School of Music recital hall.
USC Symphony Orchestra - Directed by Maestro Donald Portnoy. All concerts are held in the Koger Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office or by calling 803-251-2222. For additional information, contact the symphony office at 803-777-7500. Ticket prices are as follows: adults, $25; seniors, faculty, staff, $20; students, $8. Season tickets are available.
Sept. 23 --- Rachel Barton Pine (violin) to perform “Star-Bangled Banner,” Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture, Op. 96” and Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy Op. 46.” The symphony will perform Elgar’s “Enigma Variations, Op. 36.”
Oct. 19 --- Wendy Warner (cello) to perform William Schuman’s “American Festival Overture” (1939) and Robert Schumann’s “Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129.” The symphony will also perform Schumann’s “Symphony No. 3, Op. 97 Rhenish.”
Nov. 16 --- Janet Hopkins (mezzo-soprano) to perform Brahms’ “Tragic Overture Op. 81” and Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer.” The symphony will also perform Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
Feb. 15 --- Katherine Ten Hagen (violin),winner of the 2009 Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition, to perform Bartók’s “Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112,” and the symphony will perform Enesco’s “Romanian Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 11” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” (1919 version).
Mar. 15 --- Jennifer Parker-Harley (flute) to perform Nielsen’s “Flute Concerto,” Winners of the USC Concerto-Aria Competition (TBA) and the symphony will also perform Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite” (1919)
Apr. 12 --- Judit Gábos (piano) to perform Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” and Liszt’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, LWHG.” The symphony will also perform Dvoøák’s “Symphony No. 8, Op. 88.”
Faculty and guest artists -- Recitals and concerts featuring School of Music faculty and guest artists. Concerts are held at the School of Music recital hall and are free unless otherwise noted. For information, call 803-777-4280.
Sept. 11 --- Prof. William Terwilliger, violin and accompanist Andrew Cooperstock, piano perform “Opus Two” 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 --- Brad Edwards faculty recital. 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 --- Brandon Craswell guest artist trumpet recital. 4 p.m.
Sept. 29 --- Mike Stern jazz guitar clinic. 7:00 p.m. $5.00 admissions / Free with USC ID
Sept. 30 --- Mike Stern Trio guest artist jazz concert. 7:30 p.m. In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, five-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation. Stern appeared on three Miles Davis recordings, toured with Jaco Pastorius’ Word of Mouth Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Steps Ahead, and The Brecker Brothers. In 1993 Stern was named Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year by the readers and critics of Guitar Player Magazine.
Oct. 5 --- Ronald Davis faculty tuba recital. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 --- James Ackley faculty trumpet recital. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18--- The US Army Field Band quintet masterclass. 1:25 p.m.
Oct. 18 --- The Jim Ketch quartet guest artist jazz recital. 5:30 p.m. Ketch is professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Oct. 27 --- Michael Holmes guest artist saxophone recital. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31 --- Faculty Flute trio recital. 3 p.m. Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute; Robert Jesselson, cello; Winifred Goodwin, piano.
Nov. 18 --- Jazz faculty recital. 7:30 p.m. Bert Ligon, Craig Butterfield and Kevin Jones
Jan. 18 --- Charles Fugo faculty piano recital. 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 --- Jon Whitaker guest artist trombone recital. 5:30 p.m. Whitaker is a trombone professor at the University of Alabama.
Jan. 31 --- Brad Palmer guest artist trombone recital. 7:30 p.m. Palmer is a trombone professor at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music.
Feb. 6 --- Faculty brass quintet recital. 3:00 p.m.. James Ackley, trumpet; Robert Pruzin, horn; Brad Edwards, trombone; Ronald Davis, tuba.
Feb. 13 --- Denise Myers and Beverly Soll “The Black Woman’s Experience in America…3 p.m.
Feb. 21 --- Judit Gabos Fulbright guest artist piano recital. 7:30 p.m.. Gabos is a native of Romania and professor of piano at Esterhazy Karoly College in Eger, Hungary.
Feb. 24 --- Center for Southern African American Music (CSAM) and the Auntie Karen Foundation presents the 2011 Legends of Masterclass
Nov. 3 --- Robert Spring and Jana Starling guest artist clarinet recital. 7:30 p.m. Robert Spring has performed as a recitalist and soloist with symphony orchestras and bands in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. He is a professor of clarinet at Arizona State University and is principal clarinet of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, OH.
March 17 --- The Core Ensemble. 7:30 p.m.
March 18 --- Patrick Pope guest artist organ recital. 7:30 p.m.
March 21 --- Terry Lynn Hudson guest artist piano recital. 7:30 p.m. Hudson is an assistant professor of piano at Baylor University.
March 22 --- Raphael Sanders guest artist clarinet recital. 7:30 p.m. Sanders is an associate professor of clarinet at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam.
March 23 --- Merling Trio guest artist recital. 7:30 p.m. Renata Artman Knific, violin; Bruce Uchimura, cello; Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano. In residence at the School of Music at Western Michigan University, members of the trio are also faculty members at the Schlern International Music Festival and the ENCORE School for Strings.
April 20 --- Cliff Leaman, saxophone and Joseph Rackers, piano faculty recital. 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Ensembles -- Recitals and concerts featuring University of South Carolina musicians. All concerts are held in the School of Music recital hall and are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact email@example.com or 803-777-4280.
Sept. 29 --- Mike Stern Jazz Guitar clinic. 7 p.m. $5.00 admissions / Free with USC ID
Sept. 30 --- Mike Stern Trio guest artist jazz concert. 7:30 p.m. In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, five-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation. Stern appeared on three Miles Davis recordings, toured with Jaco Pastorius’ Word of Mouth Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Steps Ahead, and The Brecker Brothers. In 1993 Stern was named Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year by the readers and critics of Guitar Player Magazine. $10.00 admission / Free with USC ID.
Oct. 18 --- The Jim Ketch Quartet guest artist jazz recital. 5:30 p.m. Jim Ketch is professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Oct. 26 --- USC Jazz Combos recital. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 --- Left Bank Big Band concert. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 18 --- Jazz Faculty recital. 7:30 p.m. Bert Ligon, Craig Butterfield and Kevin Jones
April 21 --- Left Bank Big Band concert. 7:30 p.m.
Bands and percussion ensembles -- Recitals and concerts featuring USC musicians. USC Bands are led by Dr. Scott Weiss, director of bands; Rebecca Phillips, associate director of bands; and Steven McKeithen, assistant director of bands, coordinator of athletic bands. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the Carolina Coliseum box office, 803-251-2222. Tickets are as follows: adults, $10; seniors, $5; students, free with ID. For more information, contact the USC Band Office at 803-777-4278.
Oct. 4 --- Wind Ensemble. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 --- Symphonic Winds. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 21--- Symphonic Winds. Koger Center for the Arts. 4 p.m.
Nov. 22 --- Wind Ensemble. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17-19 --- Band Clinic. Nightly concerts free and open to the public. Koger Center for the Arts.
Feb. 18 --- USC Wind Ensemble. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 --- USC Symphonic Winds. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 --- Palmetto Concert Band. Koger Center for the Arts 8:45 p.m.
March 28 --- USC Percussion Ensemble Recital. School of Music recital hall. 7:30 p.m.
April 1 --- USC Symphonic Winds and University Band. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
April 17 --- USC Bands Open Air Concert. USC Horseshoe. 6 p.m.
April 25 --- USC Wind Ensemble. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
May 24 --- Palmetto Concert Band. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Chamber music and strings – Concerts are free and held in the School of Music recital hall. For more information, call the School of Music at 803-777-4280.
Sept. 23-26 --- Southeastern String Orchestra Festival.
Oct. 29 or Nov. 9 --- Symphonic Jazz World Music Ensemble. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 29 --- Campus Orchestra Concert. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1 --- An Evening of Chamber Music. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 --- Graduate String Quartet recital. 7:30 p.m.
April 14 --- An Evening of Chamber Music. 7:30 p.m.
Contemporary music – Concerts are free and held in the School of Music recital hall. For more information, call the School of Music at 803-777-4280.
“Southern Exposure New Music Series” concerts -- The “Southern Exposure New Music Series,” under the direction of John Fitz Rogers, regularly performs a variety of recent music as well as classic compositions from the past century. Held in the School of Music recital hall, these concerts are standing-room only, and early arrival is suggested for seating. While the concerts are free and open to the public, for a donation of $75 or more, patrons may reserve one seat for the entire 2010-11 Southern Exposure season.
Sept. 24 --- NOW Ensemble public lecture by visiting guest composers Missy Mazzoli and Judd Greenstein. 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Sept. 25 --- NOW Ensemble: Mark Dancigers, Patrick Burke, Alexandra Gardner, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, composers; Stephen Taylor, filmmaker; and mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer. NOW features a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass and piano that brings a fresh, exciting sound to the classical tradition. The ensemble’s performers are each virtuoso players with distinguished solo careers and have given recitals in Carnegie Hall, been members of world-class orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and have appeared onstage and on recordings with indie rockers like Sufjan Stevens, The National, and Bright Black Morning Light.
Nov. 20 --- Matt Haimovitz, cello. 7:30 p.m. Haimovitz made his debut in 1984 at the age of 13 as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. Renowned as a musical pioneer, Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses.
Feb. 7 --- 7:30 p.m. A joint collaboration between USC’s Chamber Innovista and “Southern Exposure,” featuring School of Music faculty in a program of music by Igor Stravinsky, including “A Solider's Tale.”
Apr. 15 --- JACK String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. The JACK Quartet is breaking new ground with “viscerally exciting performances” (The New York Times) of “explosive virtuosity” (The Boston Globe). Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards and cellist Kevin McFarland, the JACK Quartet is focused on the commissioning and performance of new works. The quartet also has a keen interest in unusual reworkings of music written before familiar repertoire, including works by Guillaume de Machaut, Girolamo Frescobaldi and Josquin des Prez.
“Cornelia Freeman University September Concert Series” -- The “Cornelia Freeman University September Concert Series” is presented by University of South Carolina School of Music faculty and staff. For more than two decades, this series has raised scholarship funds for worthy university music students. All earnings from the concerts are placed in a fund to award scholarships to music majors in honor of the faculty members who perform in the concerts. Concerts are held at 3 p.m. in the School of Music recital hall. Single-concert tickets are as follows: adults, $12; senior citizens, university faculty and staff, $10; students, $5. Series tickets are as follows: adults, $50 and senior citizens, $40. Contact Laveta Gibson at 803-777-4280 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sept. 5 --- Program No. 1. The program will include performances by Richard Conant, baritone; Constance Gee, viola; Craig Butterfield and Lauren Pierce, double bass; the USC Faculty Brass Quintet (James Ackley and Steven Rushing, trumpet; Robert Pruzin, horn; Brad Edwards, trombone; Ronald Davis, tuba; Scott Herring, marimba); the USC Percussion Quartet (Joe Moore, Robert Giovanelli, Patrick Chapman and Anna Viviano) and Charles Fugo, piano. Performing works by Giuseppe Verdi, Jeffrey Smith, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Henri Vieuxtemps, and Jack Gallagher.
Sept. 12 --- Program No. 2. The program will include performances by Tina Milhorn Stallard, soprano; Joseph Eller, clarinet; Craig Butterfield, double bass; Brad Edwards, trombone; Scott Herring, percussion; and Opus Two (William Terwilliger, violin, and Andrew Cooperstock, piano) performing works by Roger Kellaway, Edward Knight, Manuel de Falla, and John Corigliano.
Sept. 19 --- Program No. 3. The program will include performances by William Terwilliger and Rebecca Hunter, violin; Constance Gee, viola; Robert Jesselson, cello; Charles Fugo, piano; and Marina Lomazov/Joseph Rackers piano duo. Performing works by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak.
Sept. 26 --- Program No. 4. The program will include performances by William Terwilliger and Rebecca Hunter, violin; Constance Gee, viola; Robert Jesselson, cello; Charles Fugo, piano; and Marina Lomazov/Joseph Rackers piano duo. Performing works by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak.
Oct. 3 --- Program No. 5. The program will include performances by Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute; Cliffored Leaman, alto saxophone; Robert Jesselson, cello; Charles Fugo and John Williams, piano. Performing works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Larry Bell, Frédéric Chopin, and Robert Schumann.
“Chamber Innovista Series” -- The School of Music is excited to present the second season of its new chamber music series. This 2009-10 season will include three concerts. In keeping with the University Of South Carolina Innovista approach of “Live, Work, Learn, Play,” “Chamber Innovista” provides a world-class collection of innovative and original chamber-music performances. Be a part of this exciting new series by visiting the Innovista Web site: http://innovista.sc.edu. Call 803-576-5763 to reserve your series ticket package.
Nov 13 - 14 --- SCI Conference. The School of Music will host the 2010 Annual Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc., the national association of university composers. Two hundred composers and performers will participate in 14 concerts, performing more than 100 works of new music and six academic presentations/demonstrations. Faculty and students from the School of Music will also perform during the conference. The conference will also feature a concert from the “Chamber Innovista Series,” as well a guest concert by the award-winning Belgian ensemble, The Thelema Trio. All events, except for the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra program will be free and open to the public. Most events will take place in the School of Music’s recital hall, but others will be at the USC Band Hall, Koger Center for the Arts and Greene St. United Methodist Church.
Feb. 7 --- 7:30 p.m. All–Stravinski Concert sponsored jointly by Southern Exposure, featuring Stravinksy’s “A Soldier's Tale.”
Sept. 23 --- Southeastern String Orchestra Festival.
Community and children’s programs
USC String Project (third grade through high school) --- Registration deadline is 6:30 p.m., Aug. 31. Space-available registration is 4:30 - 6 p.m. Sept. 1 – 2. The USC String Project offers large-group beginning classes, small-group second-year classes, three orchestras and private lessons in violin, viola, cello and bass. All private lessons are taught by undergraduate string-education majors. The program is designed to improve the teaching of string instruments in both classroom and private studio settings. Contact email@example.com, or call the String Project office at 803-777-9568. Visit the String Project Web site at www.music.sc.edu/Special_Programs/StringProject/index.html.
Community Music Program (children through adults) --- The Community Music Program provides private lessons by experienced teachers in the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, classical guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and voice. The deadline for fall registration is Sept. 3. Twelve private lessons are scheduled weekly either after school or on weekends. Tuition is semester-based: 12 half-hour lessons, $230; 12 one-hour lessons, $400; family discount for two or more students is $200 per student. To apply, call 803-777-4281, or go to http://www.music.sc.edu/AlumCommVis/.
“Music Play” --- Fall session is Sept. 8 - Nov. 20. Spring session is Jan. 13 - March 27. “Music Play” classes are part of an innovative program designed to develop the music potential of young children. Children may participate in “Music Play” from birth through age 5. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver during each class. Cost is $100 for 10 classes. Contact information: 803-777-4065, CDMC@mozart.sc.edu, http://www.music.sc.edu/Special_Programs/CMDC/index.html.
Congaree New Horizons Band --- Congaree New Horizons Band gives adults ages 50 and older the opportunity to learn to play and perform a band instrument in a group setting. No musical experience is required to participate. Rehearsals for the band are held each Monday evening at the new Band and Dance Building. First-time players and novices meet from 6 - 7 p.m. with a rehearsal for more advanced players from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Each session will include group rehearsals and individual instruction. New-member enrollment meeting will be held Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Regular rehearsals will resume Sept. 8. A special class will be offered for those interested in learning how to play jazz. Fees for the band are $75 per semester, with participation in the jazz class an additional $15 per semester. Fees do not include instrument rental or purchase but do include music and materials used in classes. The band is affiliated with New Horizons International Music Association. Contact Dr. Jeremy Lane at 803-777-1501 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website: http://www.music.sc.edu/.
Summer camps and programs
The Southeastern Piano Festival. The Southeastern Piano Festival was created to provide outstanding training for aspiring young pianists and to offer a showcase of piano performances with celebrated and new artists. Twenty young pianists will receive daily private lessons with University of South Carolina faculty members, participate in master classes with a guest artist and be offered invaluable opportunities to perform in a professional concert setting. Each day concludes with an evening performance by a guest artist, university piano faculty members or festival students. All events are open to the public, and many are free to attend. For more information, go to the SEPF website: http://sepf.music.sc.edu/. Tickets for evening concerts can be purchased by calling 803-576-5763.
University of South Carolina Band Camp
The School of Music offers a band camp for students in grades 7 - 12. Instruction for drum major, marching percussion, symphonic band and symphonic percussion is available. Contact the Band Office at 803-777-4278, or e-mail USCBand@mozart.sc.edu for more information.
Carolina Summer Music Conservatory
School of Music faculty leads students in an intensive, one-week session that focuses on individual performance and chamber music. The conservatory is open to students who are enrolled in grades 9 - 12. Activities will include master classes with University of South Carolina faculty as well as other professional musicians, chamber-music coaching and private lessons. Students can rehearse and perform solo works with professional accompanists and will attend concerts and recitals featuring conservatory faculty members. Evening concerts featuring School of Music faculty are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Clifford Leaman at 803-576-5893 or email@example.com.
USC String Project Summer Camp
USC String Project offers an annual summer camp for students in grades 3 - 12 who are studying string music. Students will have daily group instruction culminating with a Thursday-afternoon concert. The camp is open to all students who have completed one year of instruction. For information, call 803-777-9568, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre South Carolina
NEW FOR THE 10/11 SEASON: Curtain times for Theatre South Carolina productions are as follows: Wednesdays through Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 p.m. (plus 11 p.m. for half-price performances on final Saturday); Sundays, 3 p.m. Tickets are $16 for the public; $14 for university faculty and staff, seniors (age 60+) and the military; and $10 for students. Season-ticket holders see four shows for the price of three and can use their tickets in any combination for any show. Group tickets are available for parties of 10 or more. For more information, call 803-777-2551, or go to the website: http://www.cas.sc.edu/THEA/.
Main Stage Productions
Nov. 12-20 --- “Big Love,” by Charles Mee, directed by Chris Clavelli. Longstreet Theatre. Modern-day arranged marriages of 50 women to 50 men could only lead to one outcome - the great escape! Fleeing to Italy from their native Greece, our young heroines receive temporary asylum at an oceanside villa. Free and basking in the sun when their husbands-to-be drop in by helicopter to retrieve them, however, a fiery battle of the sexes erupts, making casualties of love and life. Charles Mee’s modern retelling of Aeschylus’ “The Suppliant Women” is a raucous take on a 2500-year-old Greek tragedy. “Big Love” is “a fanciful theatre piece you will never forget” (The New York Times).
Feb. 18-26 --- “The Suicide,” by Nikolai Erdman, directed by Steven Pearson. Longstreet Theatre. What could possibly be subversive about an unemployed tuba player? Find out as Theatre South Carolina presents the hilarious Russian farce, “The Suicide,” which, in 1928, so provoked the ire of Joseph Stalin that it was banned from public performance for most of the 20th century. Playwright Nikolai Erdman’s tale takes us into the downtrodden existence of Semyon, an unemployed tubist at the end of his proverbial rope. When his wife confides to a neighbor that he may be considering suicide (he isn’t), interested locals begin trying to make him a martyr for their own pet causes. He might be worth more dead than alive, but to whom? “The Suicide” explodes with lightness and humor in the darkness of this hard-hitting but zany social satire.
Apr. 15-23 --- “The Comedy of Errors,” by William Shakespeare, directed by Robert Richmond. Drayton Hall. Theatre South Carolina keeps the comedy coming for its final main stage production of the season, Shakespeare’s madcap romp, “The Comedy of Errors” When Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio, travel to the foreign land of Ephesus, they find themselves mistaken for two others with the same names who turn out to be their identical twins. Mix-ups lead to mayhem as the two sets of brothers and their frazzled family and friends try to sort out the mess. Lab Theatre Schedule -- All shows are performed in the Lab Theatre, the university’s “black box” stage on Wheat Street, across from Blatt PE Center. Curtain times are 8 p.m., and tickets are $5, sold only at the door.
Oct. 7-10 --- “Proof,” by David Auburn, directed by David Britt. A woman comes to terms with the death of her famously brilliant father while struggling to step out of his shadow.
Oct. 28-31 --- “Up to Date,” by Laura Shamas, directed by Park Bucker. In a series of monologues, 11 diverse women grapple with the meaning of dating and romance in the 21st century.
Nov. 18-21 --- “Bent,” by Martin Sherman, directed by Robert Richmond. Two homosexual lovers face the atrocities of Nazi persecution in the time of the holocaust.
Feb. 24-27 --- “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” by Stephen Adley Guirgis, directed by Daniel Bumgardner. In a darkly comic world between heaven and hell, the plight and fate of Christianity’s most infamous sinner is examined.
Apr. 20-23 --- “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Amy Boyce Holtcamp. A woman steps into the life of another person after taking his cell phone in this story about how we connect in a world obsessed with technologically.
Dance Company --- Under the artistic direction of Susan E. Anderson, alongside Associate Artistic Director Stacey Calvert and Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Kyra Strasberg, the university’s dance program has provided excellence in classic and contemporary dance performance for 34 years. Concert times and ticket prices for USC Dance Company are subject to change. Ticket prices for all shows except “Ballet Stars of NY” are as follows: $10 for students, $14 for USC Faculty/Staff and Military, and $16 for the general public. Tickets are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office or by calling 803-251-2222. For details on dance concerts, call 803-777-1001, or visit the dance program website: http://www.cas.sc.edu/dance/.
Oct. 22-23 --- USC Dance Conservatory presents “From Russia With Love.” Oct. 22, 3 p.m.; Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Drayton Hall Theatre. Featuring advanced conservatory students performing selections from “Paquita,” “The Nutcracker,” “Don Quixote” and other Russian classical repertory.
Nov. 18-19 --- “Classics to Contemporary.” 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts. The USC Dance Company brings to the Koger stage the delightful contemporary ballet “The Great Galloping Gottschalk,” the celebrated work of famed ballet and Broadway choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett, as well as Marius Petipa’s timeless classic, “La Bayadere.”
Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 --- “We Know We Can Dance.” 6 p.m. Drayton Hall. Faculty instructor Cindy Flach leads student dancers as they present an evening of original choreography. The performance will also feature the choreography of dance instructor Dale Lam of the Columbia City Jazz Company.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 --- Wideman/Davis Dance performance. 8 p.m. Drayton Hall. Resident professional contemporary dance company, led by faculty members Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis, brings a unique blend of contemporary dance and socially conscious themes to the Drayton stage.
Jan. 7-9 --- “Youth America Grand Prix.” Times TBA. Drayton Hall and Band/Dance Building. See the rising stars of American ballet and contemporary dance in this national competition for students ages 9 - 19. Free to the public. Visit www.cas.sc.edu/dance for times.
Feb. 9-12 --- “Innovative Works Without Boundaries.” 7:30 p.m. Drayton Hall. The USC Dance Company premieres three new contemporary works by dance luminaries Helen Pickett (professional choreographer and former principal dancer with Ballet Frankfurt) and USC award-winning choreographers Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis, plus David Parson’s energetic piece, “Parson’s Etude.”
March 19 --- Sixth annual “Ballet Stars of NY” performance.” 7 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts. The Columbia favorite and crown jewel of the dance season is back for its sixth consecutive year, as the USC Dance Company, under the direction of Stacey Calvert, shares the Koger stage with the world-class talents of principal dancers from the New York City Ballet, along with the USC Symphony.
April 15-16 --- USC Dance Conservatory presents “Sleeping Beauty.” Apr. 15, 6 p.m.; Apr. 16, 2 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts. The students of the USC Dance Conservatory, under the direction of Director Marissa Freeman and USC Dance Artistic Director Susan Anderson, present the classic tale of the “Sleeping Beauty,” featuring the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky and the classical ballet of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa.
Date TBA --- Dancing With Our Stars: A Fundraiser for the USC Dance Program. The USC Board of Dance hosts a gala event featuring community celebrities competing to be the ballroom stars of the evening. Enjoy dinner and dancing with the stars! Funds raised support scholarships for the USC Dance program. Check the website for more information. http://www.cas.sc.edu/dance/
McKissick Museum --- McKissick Museum exhibitions are free and open to the public. The museum is located on the historic Horseshoe and is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information, call 803-777-7251, or visit the museum’s website: www.cas.sc.edu/MCKS/.
Exhibits on Permanent Display:
~ Bernard Baruch Silver Collection -- a collection of the Baruch family silver (first floor).
~ “Natural Curiosity: USC and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry into the Natural World” -- opened in fall 2007, the exhibit explores man’s relationship with the natural world and features more than 1,000 specimens gathered during the university’s history.
Aug. 14 – Dec. 14 --- “The Art of Environmental Awareness: The Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser.” Known internationally, Mary Edna Fraser uses batik, an ancient medium of waxing and hand-dyeing cloth, to express issues of climate change and the long-term effects on the environment. Her vivid, large-scale aerial views of barrier islands, coastal regions, and rivers reference the geological and geographical studies used to document the changing face of the landscape. (North gallery, second floor)
Sept. 3 – Dec. 22 --- “Get Cocky! Teaser.” A sampling of baseball-related memorabilia, exploring in particular the USC/Clemson rivalry and the Gamecocks’ recent College World Series victory. (Second-floor lobby)
Aug. 28 – Dec. 18 --- “SilverYana: The Photographic Works of F. Tobias Morriss.” A native of New Orleans, Morris moved to Columbia in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina and became an adjunct instructor of photography at USC in 2006. He mentored photography students and helped non-photographic artists hone their craft and discover inventive solutions to overcoming philosophical and mechanical artistic challenges, until he died in February in a motorcycle crash. (South gallery, second floor)
Aug. 28 – Nov. 6 --- “What are these things? Mystery objects as the subject of student research.” University of South Carolina students showcase their research on mystery objects from the collection. (Third-floor lobby)
Nov. 13 – Jan. 15 --- “Anna Heyward Taylor Batiks: Tropical Flora from British Guiana.” In conjunction with the exhibition, “The Art of Environmental Awareness: The Batiks of Mary Edna Frasier,” these batiks by Anna Heyward Taylor explore the northern region of South America, once known as British Guiana and known today as Guyana. (Third-floor lobby) Events
Sept. 9 --- “Reception for “SilverYana: The Photographic Works of F. Tobias Morriss.” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free reception celebrating the life and work of former USC adjunct professor, Toby Morriss. Guest curator Eric Plaag will give a gallery talk of the exhibition. Free and open to the public.
Sept. 17 – 18 --- USC Parents Weekend. Stop by McKissick Museum for a special slate of activities in conjunction with USC’s Parents Weekend:
11 a.m. Behind-the-scenes tour of McKissick Museum. Explore the rarely seen treasures in McKissick Museum’s massive collection. With more than 100,000 gem and mineral specimens, sweetgrass baskets, Edgefield pottery, quilts, fashion and the first Cocky uniform;
4:30 - 6 p.m. Reception welcoming School of Library and Information Science’s special fall lecturer, David Carr.
7 – 9 p.m. Reception welcoming USC baseball coach, Ray Tanner.
Sept.18 --- 2 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the galleries in McKissick Museum. Don’t forget to explore “Natural Curiosity” on the third floor!
More information at http://www.sa.sc.edu/parents/parentsweekend.htm
Sept. 21 --- 12 p.m. “The Nature of Things,” with Rudy Mancke. USC Naturalist-in-Residence Rudy Mancke will talk about the natural changes that take place during the fall season. Talks will take place on the Horseshoe in front of McKissick (or indoors, depending on weather). Bring blankets and picnic lunches.
Reception for “The Art of Environmental Awareness: The Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser”
Nov. 12 --- 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free reception as Mary Edna Fraser speaks about her batiks. Also speaking will be Dr. Orrin Pilkey, Duke University professor emeritus of geology, who will discuss his research in the field of global warming and climate change. Free and open to the public.
Nov. 16 --- 2 – 4:30 p.m. “Slavery and the Origins of the University of South Carolina Forum.” Undergraduate history majors in Professor Robert Weyeneth’s senior seminar on “Slavery and the Origins of the University of South Carolina” will report on the conclusions of their semester of research into this largely unknown chapter of the university’s history. (Theatre/Auditorium )
Dec. 21 --- 12 p.m. “The Nature of Things” with Rudy Mancke. Mancke will talk about the natural changes that take place during the winter season. Talks will take place on the Horseshoe in front of McKissick (or indoors, depending on weather). Bring blankets and picnic lunches.
The McMaster Art Gallery is located in the department of art at the University of South Carolina, 1615 Senate Street. Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends and all university holidays. For more information, contact gallery director Mana Hewitt at 803-777-7480 or email@example.com.
Sept. 6–Oct. 20 --- Drawing Invitational. An invitational drawing exhibition that explores works from informal sketches to elegant images using techniques that include monotype, ink, graphite, pastel, watercolor and collage.
Oct. 25 – Nov. 24 --- Garth Johnson. An exhibition of altered collector vessels using decals, laser transfers and china paint by California artist Garth Johnson. Garth Johnson is an unorthodox ceramicist, part-time teacher and proprietor of the blog, “Extreme Craft.”
Jan. 10 – Feb. 19 --- Alumni Exhibition. An exhibition featuring works by 12 artists ranging from recent graduates to veteran professional artists whose academic experiences at USC span three decades. The work in the exhibition represents a variety of disciplines including printmaking, painting, photography, drawing, mixed media and sculpture.
Mar. 1 - 25 --- 55th Annual USC Student Art Exhibition. The annual competition and exhibition will honor top artwork created by students in the art department. Artwork in all media will be on display.
May 23 – July 31 --- A juried exhibition of works of art in book form. The exhibition, which is co-sponsored by the Southeast Association for Book Arts, will feature works of art ranging from limited-edition fine press books and mixed-media art objects to silkscreen and woodcut works that take their creative cue from the book format.
South Carolina Poetry Initiative --- The University of South Carolina English department’s South Carolina Poetry Initiative is the state’s premier organization devoted to the art of writing, reading and hearing poetry. Many events and offerings are free. It is directed by English professor and poet Kwame Dawes. For more information on S.C. Poetry Initiative, contact Jeffrey Day at 803-777-0307 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site: http://artsinstitute.sc.edu/index.shtml.
Oct. 1 --- Confluence: Poets respond to the exhibition, “I Heard a Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill.” 6:30 – 9 p.m. Columbia Museum of Art. Free.
Oct. 16 --- South Carolina Poetry Initiative 2010 Chapbook Awards Ceremony. 2 – 4 p.m. Columbia Museum of Art. Free.
Oct. 23 --- Southern Regional Children’s Poetry Festival. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Featuring writers Curtis L. Crisler, Dinah Johnson, Meg Kearney, Marilyn Nelson and Naomi Shihab Nye. Several USC locations. Free.
Oct. 30 --- South Carolina Poetry Initiative 2010 Poets Summit. "Issues of War and the Poet." 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Columbia Museum of Art. Free.
Nov. 5 --- The ArtRageous Side of Emily Dickenson. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Featuring Poet Jane Hirshfield. Columbia Museum of Art. Free.