University of South Carolina

Spring 2011 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: 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

Feb. 24 --- Graduate Vocal Ensemble. 6:00 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
Mar. 1 --- Concert Choir and the University Chorus Concert. 7:30 p.m. St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230 Bush River Road, Columbia.
Apr. 13 --- Carolina Alive Concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
Apr. 14 --- Concert Choir and the University Chorus Concert. 7:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St., Columbia.
Apr. 21 --- Graduate Vocal Ensemble. 6:00 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 Tickets are as follows: general admission, $18; seniors, faculty, staff, military, $15; students, $5. Season tickets are available.

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.

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.

Jan. 18 --- Charles Fugo—7:30 p.m. Fugo is professor of piano at the University of South Carolina
Jan. 19 --- John Whitaker Guest Artist Trombone Recital—7:30 p.m. Whitaker is Professor of Trombone at the University of Alabama.
Jan. 23 --- Tina Milhorn Stallard faculty voice recital. 3 p.m.
Jan. 25 --- Serena Hill faculty voice recital. 7:30 p.m.
Jan 31 --- Brad Palmer guest artist trombone recital. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 --- Black History Month guests Denise Myers and Beverly Soll – “The Black Woman’s Experience in America.” 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 --- USC faculty brass quintet recital. 3 p.m.
Feb. 15 --- Scott Price faculty piano recital. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 --- Constance Gee faculty viola recital. 7:30 p.m.
Feb 21 --- Judit Gabos Fulbright guest artist piano recital. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27 --- Trio en Cuivre faculty/guest artist recital. 3 p.m. James Ackley, trumpet; Martha Edwards, horn; Brad Edwards, trombone.
Mar. 1 --- Rose Wind duo: Cliff Leaman, saxophone and Scott Herring, percussion faculty recital. 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 2 --- border wind quintet guest artist recital. 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 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 United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. He is professor of clarinet at Arizona State University and is principal clarinet of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio.
Mar. 17 --- The CORE Ensemble guest artists recital. 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 18 --- Patrick Pope guest artist organ recital. 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 21 --- Terry Lynn Hudson guest artist piano recital. 7:30 p.m. Hudson is on the faculty of Baylor Unversity.
Mar. 22 --- Raphael Sanders guest artist clarinet recital. 7:30 p.m. Sanders is associate professor of clarinet at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam.
Mar. 23 --- The 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.
Mar. 24 --- Nathaniel Zeisler guest artist bassoon recital. 4:30 p.m.
Mar. 31 --- Joseph Rackers faculty piano recital. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 4 --- Paul Sharpe guest artist double bass recital. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 11 --- Dave Stambler guest artist saxophone 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 803-777-4280 or

Mar. 4 --- Jazz Strings Ensemble Concert. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 12 --- USC Jazz Combos. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 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.

Feb. 18 --- USC University Band. Koger Center for the Arts. 4:30 p.m.
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.
Mar. 28 --- USC Percussion Ensemble Recital. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 1 --- USC Symphonic Winds and University Band. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 17 --- USC Bands on the Horseshoe. 6 p.m. USC Historic Horseshoe. This event is free and open to the public.
Mar. 24 --- Palmetto Pans Steel Drums in Concert. 7:30 p.m. The Palmetto Pans is a steel drum band devoted to performing the music of Trinidad and Tobago as well as Island Classics and popular music. The group consists of 12-18 members coming from all academic disciplines throughout the university community. The musicians perform on 55-gallon oil drums that have been transformed into musical instruments. Each semester, the ensemble presents a concert in the USC School of Music, as well as performing at community events, schools and private parties.
Apr. 25 --- USC Wind Ensemble. Koger Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
May 29 --- Palmetto Concert Band. Koger Center for the Arts. 4 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.

Jan. 22 --- Strings in Silhouette Benefit Concert. 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 --- Third Annual South Carolina String Teachers' Association violin/viola choir workshop performance. 6 p.m. The performance is the culmination of the violin/viola workshop with students from beginning to advanced levels.
Apr. 3 --- Chamber Innovista Concert Series. 3 p.m. “Brunch and a Concert” Contact: 803-777-4280 for more information and ticket prices.
Apr. 14 --- An Evening of Chamber Music. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 --- USC Campus Orchestra Concert. 7:30 p.m. TBD
Apr. 21 --- Graduate String Quartet recital. 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 recent music as well as classic compositions. 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 $100 or more, patrons may reserve one seat for the entire 2010-11 Southern Exposure season.

Feb. 7 --- Southern Exposure and Chamber Innovista Present: "The Music of Igor Stravinsky"--A collaboration between the Chamber Innovista Series and The Southern Exposure New Music Series. “A Soldier’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. Other Contemporary Concerts
Apr. 4 --- USC computer music concert. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 19 --- “New Voices” student composition recital. 7:30 p.m.

Additional Events

Jan. 9 --- Friends of the School of Music general meeting. 4:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall. Presentation of the School of Music’s Suzuki Program.
Jan. 12-15 --- Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12-14, 3 p.m. Jan. 15. School of Music recital hall. Music revue of songs by Jacques Brel. This provocative piece shapes a profound portrait of trauma imposed by war and loss.
Jan. 29 --- Friends of the School of Music Annual Fundraiser
Feb. 24 --- Center for Southern African America Music (CSAM) and The Auntie Karen Foundation present the 2011 Legends Of Masterclass. 2 p.m. Artist TBD.
Feb. 24 --- Carolina Trombone Collective Concert. 7:30 p.m.

Community/Children Programs

USC String Project (third grade through high school) --- 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, or call the String Project office at 803-777-9568. Visit the String Project Web site at 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. Spring classes begin Jan. 19 and end April 16. 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

“Music Play” --- 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,,

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, or visit the website:

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: 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 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

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

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:

Main Stage Productions

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.

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.

USC 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:

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 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.

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:

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.


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)
Jan. 4 – Mar. 26—From Snapshot to Civic Action: Creating Healthy Environments through Community Engagement. North Gallery. From Snapshot to Civic Action features photographs and corresponding stories from Columbia’s Waverly community residents. Drs. Darcy Freedman and Ron Pitner from the USC College of Social Work conceived the project. They recruited participants, equipped them with digital cameras, and charged them with documenting the strengths and concerns of their community. This exhibition is just one outcome. A second is to empower contributors to engage in future community-based change opportunities. A third is to provide viewers with a comprehensive and critical understanding of community concerns through an exploration of the realities of life in a public housing community.
Jan. 15 - May 7 --- Walter Anderson: Everything I See Is New and Strange. 2nd Floor South Gallery. Walter Inglis Anderson’s distinctive and timeless works of the plants, animals, and people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast have placed him among the finest American painters of the 20th century. Everything I See Is New and Strange celebrates Anderson’s perspective as an artist, naturalist, and environmentalist. Through the works viewers are transported back fifty plus years to a simpler time before the development of casinos and off-shore drilling.
Jan. 29 – Apr. 7 --- (3rd floor lobby) USC Chernobyl Research Initiative: 25 Years After the Disaster USC Chernobyl Research Initiative examines the Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster and the University of South Carolina’s involvement with subsequent research and aid. In the early morning of April 26, 1986, an explosion in Chernobyl’s nuclear reactors caused massive amounts of radioactivity to be spread across the landscape. Even today, people in the surrounding countries still struggle with the after effects. In the late 1990s, USC organized a team of scientists to not only study the impact of exposure to radioactivity on health and nature, but also to assist in treating those who were affected. This exhibit is a collaboration between McKissick Museum and the University Naturalist Rudy Mancke, who was a member of the USC research team.
Apr. 9 – June 25 --- Artful Lives: Molas of the Kuna. This exhibit explores the history and contemporary textile creations of the Kuna women of coastal Panama. In the mid 19th century Kuna women started experimenting with ways to transfer body painting designs onto cloth. These women have developed a distinctive style unlike that of any other folk culture. They use their clothing as a mode of personal expression, taking great care with decisions about the combinations of skirts and scarves as well as with the creation of their mola blouses. This attention to detail along with their expert stitchery has earned this craft recognition around the world. Today, the sale of these textile arts is the second most important income source to the Kuna and examples are collected by museums around the world.
Mar. 22 --- The Nature of Things with Rudy Mancke – Spring
June 4 – Aug. 19 --- Annual Fundraiser Exhibition
Aug. 19 --- Annual Gala
June 28 --- The Nature of Things with Rudy Mancke – Summer


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