University of South Carolina

2009 10 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.

Choral - For additional information, contact Sara Beardsley at 803-777-5369 or

Oct. 6 --- Graduate Vocal Ensemble Concert. 5:30 p.m., School of Music recital hall.
Nov. 15 --- Carolina Alive Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert. 3 p.m., School of Music recital hall.
Nov. 20 --- University Chorus Concert, led by Joseph Modica. 7:30 p.m., St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230 Bush River Road, Columbia.
Nov. 29 --- Governor’s All Star Chorus and Carolighting. 6 p.m., State House steps.
Dec. 3 --- Graduate Vocal Ensemble Concert. 5:30 p.m., School of Music recital hall.
Dec. 4 --- Concert Choir Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion St., Columbia.
Dec. 6 --- Concert Choir Christmas Concert. 6 p.m., Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St., Columbia.
March 7 --- Concert Choir Spring Concert. 4 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia.
April 16 --- University Chorus Concert, led by Joseph Modica. 7:30 p.m., St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230 Bush River Road, Columbia.
April 26 --- Carolina Alive Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert. 7:30 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 Tickets are as follows: general admission, $18; seniors, faculty, staff, military, $15; students, $5. Season tickets are available.

Nov 6. and 8 --- “The Light in the Piazza.” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6 and 3 p.m., Nov. 8. Drayton Hall. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, book by Craig Lucas.
Feb. 6 and 7 --- “Riders to the Sea and other short works.” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 3 p.m. Feb. 7. School of Music recital hall.
March 26 and 28 --- “The Marriage of Figaro.” 7:30 p.m., March 26 and 3 p.m., March 28. Room 208, new Band and Dance Building.

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. 22 --- Michael Ludwig (violin) to perform Wagner’s “Prelude to Die Meistersinger” and Tchaikovasky’s “Violin Conerto in D major, Op. 35.” The symphony also will perform Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9 in E minor (From the New World), Op. 95.”
Oct. 20 --- The Shiraz Trio, which includes School of Music faculty members Scott Herring and guest artists Susan Powell and Joseph Krygier, will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 9” and Peck’s “The Glory and the Grandeur, Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra.” The symphony also will perform Borodin’s “Symphony No. 2 in B minor.”
Nov. 17 --- Haim Avitsur (shofar and trombone) will perform Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9” and Warshauer’s “Tekiah.” The symphony also will perform Schubert’s “Symphony No. 8 in B minor (The unfinished Symphony), D. 759” and Tchailkovasky’s “Marche Slav, Op. 31.”
Feb. 16 --- Angelia Cho (violin) will perform Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dnace in G major, Op. 46, No. 8” and “Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53.” The symphony also will perform Brahms’ “Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68.”
March 16 --- Arthur Tollefson (piano) will perform Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16.” The concert includes the winners of the 2010 University of South Carolina Concerto/Aria Competition, which is held Jan. 11. Winners are announced the following day.
April 13 --- Marina Lomazov (piano) and James Ackley (trumpet) will perform with the symphony. The concert includes Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave Overture, Op. 26” and Shostakovich’s “Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings.” The symphony also will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.”

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.

Aug. 29 --- Craig Butterfield faculty double bass and Matthew Slotkin guitar perform “Dez Cordas.” 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 --- Tod Leavitt guest artist double bass recital. 5:30 p.m. Leavitt is on the faculty of Valdosta State University.
Sept. 14 --- Erinn Frechette guest artist flute recital. 7:30 p.m. Frechette is a featured performer with the National Flute Association.
Oct. 1 --- John Sampen guest artist saxophone recital. 7:30 p.m. Sampen is professor of Saxophone at Bowling Green State University. He has presented more than 100 master classes and workshops since 1992, including international clinics throughout Europe and master classes in many American Universities and conservatories.
Oct. 5 --- Ronald Davis faculty tuba recital. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 --- Richard Perry guest artist tuba recital. 7:30 p.m., Room 6 in the School of Music. Perry is on the faculty at Southern Mississippi University.
Oct. 12 --- Bradley Edwards faculty trombone recital. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 --- William Terwilliger faculty violin and Andrew Cooperstock guest artist piano. 5 p.m. “Opus Two” will perform four diverse works: Beethoven’s “Sonata in G major, Op. 30, No. 3”; Greig’s “Sonata in C Minor”; Haydn’s “Concerto in F Major for Violin, Piano and Chamber Orchestra”; and Previn’s “Tango, Song and Dance.”
Oct. 28 --- Joseph Eller faculty clarinet recital. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 --- Paul Sharpe guest artist double bass recital. 7:30 p.m. Sharpe is on the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Nov. 14 --- Brooks de Wetter-Smith guest artist flute recital. 7:30 p.m. Brooks de Wetter-Smith is a professor at the University of North Carolina’s department of music.
Dec. 1 --- Jazz faculty recital: Bert Ligon (piano) and Craig Butterfield (double bass). 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 --- Sympatico Percussion group recital. 7:30 p.m. The quintet features percussion professor Scott Herring along with Susan Powell and Joe Krygier (Ohio State University), Chris Norton (Belmont University) and Kris Keeton (Virginia Commonwealth University).
Jan. 20 --- Philippe Geiss guest artist saxophone recital. 7:30 p.m. Over the last two decades Geiss has established an international reputation as a virtuoso, having performed on his own and in ensembles in a variety of styles throughout Europe, South America and the United States. His discography includes more than 20 CDs, including “Saxophones and Percussions,” which won the French Recording Award for Chamber Music. He is a saxophone teacher in the Strasbourg Music Conservatory in France.
Jan 24 --- Constance Gee faculty viola recital. 3 p.m.
Jan. 26 --- Charles Fugo faculty piano recital. 7:30 p.m. Fugo will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Scriabin and others.
Jan. 31 --- Jennifer Parker-Harley faculty flute recital. 3 p.m. “Lyrical American Flute” with music by Robert Beaser, Joseph Schwantner, Jennifer Higdon and Aaron Copland. Accompanied by Lynn Kompass, piano.
Feb. 8 --- James Ackley faculty trumpet recital. 7:30 p.m. Works by Joseph Turrin, Georges Hue, Robert Grenier, Rodion Shchedrin and Fischer Tull. Accompanied by Joseph Racker, piano.
Feb. 21 --- Professor Emeritus John Kenneth Adams: “Piano Portrait-Ruins and Eagles’ Feathers” Piano music by Robert Schumann and Fredric Chopin. 3 p.m. 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the births of Schumann and Chopin. “Piano Portrait” draws its title from Schumann’s famous remark upon hearing the Chopin “preludes” for the first time. It will contrast their vastly different lifestyles and feature some of their most endearing piano music. This PowerPoint presentation combines commentary, visual imagery and live performance.
Feb. 25 --- Jennifer Parker-Harley (flute) and Constance Gee (viola) faculty recital. 7:30 p.m.
March 24 --- Raphael Sanders guest artist clarinet recital. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Sanders is associate professor of clarinet at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam. He is a member of the acclaimed Texas Clarinet Consort and performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe.
April 20 --- Jazz faculty recital: Bert Ligon (piano) and Craig Butterfield (double bass). 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 Laveta Gibson at 803-777-4336 or

Oct. 27 --- USC Jazz Combos recital. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 --- Left Bank Big Band recital. 7:30 p.m.
April 6 --- USC Jazz Combos recital. 7:30 p.m.
April 22 --- Left Bank Big Band recital. 7:30 p.m.

Bands and percussion ensembles -- Recitals and concerts featuring University of South Carolina musicians. University bands are led by James Copenhaver, director of bands; Rebecca Phillips, associate director of bands; and Steven McKeithen, assistant director of bands, coordinator of athletic bands. Concerts are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Band Office at 803-777-4278.

Oct. 22 --- Palmetto Pans Concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
Oct. 26 --- Percussion Ensemble concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
Nov. 2 --- Wind Ensemble concert. 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.
Nov. 22 --- Palmetto Concert Band concert. 4 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.
Feb. 18-21 --- Band Clinic. Nightly concerts free and open to the public. Koger Center for the Arts.
March 25 --- Palmetto Pans concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
March 29 --- Percussion Ensemble concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
April 1 --- Bands Spring Concert. 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.
April 15 --- Chamber Winds concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
April 25 --- Bands Open Air Concert. 6 p.m. School of Music recital hall.
May 23 --- Palmetto Concert Bands Memorial Day Concert. 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.

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.

Nov. 18 --- Campus Orchestra concert. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 --- An Evening of Chamber Music. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 --- Graduate String Quartet recital. 7:30 p.m.
April 5 --- Campus Orchestra concert. 7:30 p.m.
April 21 --- 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.

Dec. 2 --- “New Voices” University of South Carolina Student Composers Concert. 7:30 p.m.
April 24 --- “New Voices” University of South Carolina Student Composers Concert. 7:30 p.m.

“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 2009-10 Southern Exposure season.

Oct. 2 --- Real Quiet: Davis Cossin, percussion; Felix Fan, cello; Andrew Russo, piano. 7:30 p.m. Real Quiet is a three-man band dedicated to an exclusive repertoire of hard-edge acoustic and electric music created by today’s leading composers. The three members are each highly accomplished soloists and chamber musicians, whose careers have been dedicated to the advancement of contemporary music.
Nov. 13 --- Wu Man, solo pipa. 7:30 p.m. The pipa is a 2000-year-old traditional Chinese instrument, much like a lute. Virtuoso Wu Man is the world’s best-known player of this instrument and has twice been nominated for Grammy awards. She is a member of the Silk Road ensemble and will be performing with the South Carolina Philharmonic while in Columbia.
Feb. 27 --- Exposed Wiring IV with Odd Appetite and Susan Fancher, saxophone. 7:30 p.m. Based in New York City, Odd Appetite is the duo of performers/composers Ha-Yang Kim, cello and Nathan Davis, percussion. Both classically trained in American and European conservatories, Odd Appetite composes, collaborates and performs its own music, written for this unique instrumentation, as well as performing commissioned works by select composers. Susan Fancher is one of the pioneers of her generation of saxophonists. Her work has produced dozens of commissioned works by contemporary composers, as well as published transcriptions of music by composers as diverse as Josquin Desprez, Ben Johnston and Steve Reich.
April 16 --- Los Angeles Piano Quartet. 7:30 p.m. The Los Angeles Piano Quartet, with Michi Wiancki (violin), Katherine Murdoch (viola), Steven Doane (cello) and Xak Bjerken (piano), made its debut at The Music Center in Los Angeles in 1977 and earned a reputation as America’s premier piano quartet. Performing extensively nationally and internationally, the quartet has been an active force in the creation of new works for piano quartet, commissioning works from such prominent contemporary composers as Stephen Hartke, Gerard Schurmann and Steven Stucky.

“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 for more information.

Sept. 6 --- Program No. 1. The program will include “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, from BWV 51” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “From Arie con Tromba Solo” by Alessandro Scarlatti, “Zigeunerweisen” by Pablo de Sarasate, “Arabesque, Op. 18” by Robert Schumann, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Elwood Derr, and “Slavonic Dances” by Antonin Dvorak. Performers will include Tina Millhorn Stallard (soprano), James Ackley (trumpet), Michael Harley (bassoon), Jerry Curry (harpsichord), Craig Butterfield (double bass), Bert Ligon (guitar), Joseph Rackers (piano), Clifford Leaman (saxophone), Lynn Kompass (piano) and Marina Lomazov (piano).
Sept. 13 --- Program No. 2. The program will include “Quartet in C major” by Franz Krommer, “Arias from The Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini, and “Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 87” by Antonin Dvorak. Performers will include Rebecca Nagel (oboe), William Terwilliger (violin), Constance Gee (viola), Robert Jesselson (cello), Michael Harley (bassoon), Peter Kolkay (bassoon) and Charles Fugo (piano).
Sept. 20 --- Program No. 3. The program will include “Hard Fairy (1994)” by Graham Fitkin, “Two Rags” by Arthur Frackenpohl, “Trio” by Chick Corea, “From Six Strokes” (2000) by Carter Pann, “In anticipation” by Sonia Jacobsen, “Garden of Eden Suite” (1969) by William Bolcom, and “Sextet for piano and winds, H. 174 (1929)” by Bohuslav Martinu. Performers will include Clifford Leaman (saxophone), Marina Lomazov (piano), Joseph Rackers (piano), Peter Kolkay (bassoon), Robert Jesselson (cello), Jennifer Parker-Harley (flute), Michael Harley (bassoon), Rebecca Nagel (oboe) and Joseph Eller (clarinet).
Sept. 27 --- Program No. 4. The program will include “Pastorale” by Igor Stravinsky, “Chorale Fantasy, Op. 93” by Jan Koetsier, “Summer Journey” by Eric Ewazen, “Glint” by Roshanne Etezady, and “Music for Brass Instruments” by Ingolf Dahl. Performers will include Janet Hopkins (mezzo-soprano), Rebecca Nagel (oboe), Petrea Warneck (English horn), Joseph Eller (clarinet), Peter Kolkay (bassoon), Ronald Davis (tuba), William Bates (organ), Tina Millhorn Stallard (soprano), Bradley Edwards (trombone), Joseph Rackers (piano), Clifford Leaman (saxophone), James Ackley (trumpet), John Bryant (trumpet) and Robert Pruzin (horn).
Oct. 4 --- Program No. 5. The program will include “Jet Whistle” by Heitor Villa-Lobos, “I have attained to Power from Boris Godunov” by Modest Mussorgsky, “Songs Without Words,” “Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14” by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Jazz Selections. Performers will include Jennifer Parker-Harley (flute), Robert Jesselson (cello), Richard Conant (bass), Charles Fugo (piano), John Williams (piano), Bert Ligon (piano), Craig Butterfield (bass), Kevin Jones (saxophone and trombone) and Tony Buzzella (drums).

“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: Call 803-576-5763 to reserve your series ticket package.

Feb. 14 --- Program TBA.
March 21 --- Program TBA.

April 18 --- Program TBA.

Additional Events

Nov. 21 --- “South Carolina Double Reed Day.” Double Reed players from the Carolinas and Georgia attend. University of South Carolina professors Peter Kolkay and Rebecca Nagel lead in a day of activities. Classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced players are offered. The day concludes with a concert of double reed ensemble music. For additional information, contact Nagel at 803-777-0194.
Nov. 23 --- Fall Trombone Night. 7:30 p.m., School of Music recital hall. Students of Brad Edwards, University of South Carolina music professor, will perform.
Dec. 4 --- USC String Project Winter Concert. 5:30 p.m., School of Music recital hall.
Dec. 5 --- An Evening of Silent Film with Dennis James. 7:30 p.m., School of Music recital hall. Dennis James is a research fellow in the University of South Carolina Film and Media Studies program. He annually performs at the School of Music with live musical accompaniment to a silent-film screening.
Dec. 7 --- Congaree New Horizons Band Christmas Concert. 7 p.m., new Band and Dance Building, 324 Sumter Street.
Dec. 12 --- Sixth Annual String Quartet Workshop Recital. 8 p.m., School of Music recital hall. Violinists, violists and cellists in grades 9 - 12 attend from all over South Carolina. Coaching and master classes are held by University of South Carolina music faculty. The day concludes with a concert by the participants.
March 18 --- Women and Gender Studies event. 7:30 p.m., School of Music recital hall. Danny Jenkins, assistant professor of music, will perform countertenor recital.
March 27 --- Claudia Stevens: “An Evening with Madame F.” 8:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall. Stevens is on the music faculty at the College of William and Mary. Co-sponsored by the departments of history and theatre and dance, School of Music, Jewish Studies Program and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
April 17 --- South Carolina Day of Percussion. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., School of Music recital hall. The South Carolina Day of Percussion is an annual event organized by the South Carolina Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. The event features concerts, clinics and master classes by leaders in the field of percussion.

Community and children’s programs

USC String Project (third grade through high school) --- Beginning class organizational meeting is 6 p.m., Sept. 1. Space available registration is 4:30 - 6 p.m. Sept. 2 - 3. 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

University of South Carolina 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. 4. 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” --- Fall registration begins Aug. 15. Fall session is Sept. 9 - Nov. 27. Spring Session is Jan. 13 - March 27. “Music Play” classes at University of South Carolina Children’s Music Development Center are part of an innovative program designed to develop the music potentials 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: 803-777-4065, e-mail or visit the Web site at

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 Web site:

Summer camps and programs

June 13-19 --- The Southeastern Piano Festival. 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 Web site: Tickets for evening concerts can be purchased by calling 803-576-5763.

June 20 – 25 --- 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.

June 20 – 25 --- 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 will have the opportunity to 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

July 5 – 8 --- 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 music instruction culminating with a Thursday afternoon concert. Open to all students who have completed one year of instruction. For information, call 803-777-9568, or e-mail

Theatre South Carolina
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 first 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 Web site:

Main Stage Productions
Sept. 25 – Oct. 4 --- “Cyrano de Bergerac,”
by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Robert Richmond.” Longstreet Theatre. Robert Richmond, known for his imaginative approach to the classics both at the university and with the renowned Aquila Theatre Company, will direct his own adaptation of Edmund Rostand’s legendary work. In this hilarious and touching tale, one of literature’s most iconic figures, the large-nosed hero Cyrano de Bergerac, uses his unmatched intelligence and skill at swordplay to help a comrade win the heart of the fair Roxanne, whom Cyrano secretly desires.
Nov. 13 – Nov. 22 --- “Radium Girls,” by D.W. Gregory. Longstreet Theatre. Based on the 1920s court case that laid the groundwork for the rights of modern-day workers, “Radium Girls” tells the story of Grace Fryer, a factory worker who discovers she and her coworkers are being knowingly poisoned by their employer, the US Radium Corporation. As Grace’s and her co-workers’ health rapidly declines, she finds herself in a battle for justice that pits her against both a powerful company and the community it serves. “Radium Girls” is the work of Pulitzer-Prize-nominated author Dorothy W. Gregory. Directed by special guest artist Shanga Parker, professional television and film actor and associate professor of acting at the University of Washington.
Feb. 19 – Feb. 28 --- “The Arabian Nights,” by Mary Zimmerman. Longstreet Theatre. Theatre South Carolina brings to life the magical folk tales of ancient Persia in “The Arabian Nights,” an imaginative retelling of the legend of the “One Thousand and One Nights.” Angered by his first wife’s betrayal, a Persian king vows to marry a different virgin every night and then murder her at dawn to prevent future infidelity. The plan continues until he meets Scheherezade, the clever maiden who postpones her fate by telling wondrous tales whose endings she withholds until the following evening, thus delaying her execution. Experience the transformative power of storytelling in this enchanting spectacle from Tony Award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman.
April 16 – April 25 --- “The Winter’s Tale,” by William Shakespeare. Drayton Hall Theatre. Shakespeare’s masterpiece demonstrates the full range of the Bard’s imaginative and lyrical power. The uncontrollable jealousy of King Leontes of Sicilia brings his family to ruin and severs the alliance between two powerful monarchs. Only the love of a daughter believed to be lost forever can heal the rift and bring about the king’s absolution. Bridging the worlds of tragedy and comedy, “The Winter’s Tale” is ultimately a beautiful fable about the redemptive power of love. Directed by special guest artist Kathleen Conlin, associate artistic director for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival and professor of directing at the University of Illinois Department of Theatre.

Lab Theatre Schedule -- All shows are performed in the Lab Theatre, the university’s “black box” theatre on Wheat Street, across from Blatt PE Center. Curtain times are 8 p.m., and tickets are $5, sold only at the door.

Sept. 10 - 13 --- “The Crane Wife,” an original work written, designed and directed by University of South Carolina graduate Kimi Maeda.
Oct. 22 - 25 --- “The Book of Liz,” by David and Amy Sedaris.
Nov. 19 – 22 --- TBA, directed by Amy Holtcamp.
Feb. 4 – 7 --- “Spinning Into Butter,” by Rebecca Gilman. Directed by David Britt.
Feb. 25 - 28 --- Undergraduate Original Works. Undergraduate theater majors Steven Kopp and William Renken will present original works they have written and directed.
April 22 – 25 --- “John and Jen,” by Tom Greenwald (book and lyrics) and Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics). Directed by undergraduate theater student Zach Kennedy.

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 33 years. In 2005, the university established a major in dance, and this year, the program celebrates the opening of new, state-of-the-art studios. 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 university faculty/staff and military; and $16 for the public. Tickets for concerts held at the Koger Center for the Arts are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office or by calling 803-251-2222. Tickets for concerts at Drayton Hall are available by calling 803-777-2551. For details on dance concerts, call 803-777-0704, or visit the Web site:

Oct. 2 – 3 --- “On the Edge: Classics to Contemporary.” 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. The USC Dance Company in concert, performing for the first time the entire second act of the preeminent romantic ballet, “Giselle,” staged by distinguished artist-in-residence Kyra Strasberg, who performed the ballet as principal ballerina at the Boston Ballet. The concert also will feature, by popular demand, an original contemporary work from choreographer Alan Hineline, former artistic director of Ballet Philippines and University Dance instructor Tanya Wideman-Davis performing an original contemporary pointe piece.

Oct. 3 --- “Peter and the Wolf” presented by the Dance Conservatory. 3 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. The perennial children’s favorite, set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, performed by students of the Dance Conservatory under the direction of Marissa Freeman and USC Dance artistic director Susan Anderson.

Nov. 6 – 7 --- “American at Heart.” 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. Performed with the USC Symphony, featuring the George Balanchine classic, “Divertimento,” staged by Stacey Calvert and the delightful contemporary ballet work, “Great Galloping Gottschalk,” choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, which is set to the captivating compositions of 19th-century New Orleans composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Also in performance will be former Boston Ballet Principal Ballerina and university dance instructor Kyra Strasberg, returning to the stage in an original tango-inspired work by contemporary dance instructor Thaddeus Davis, set to the music of André Previn. Sponsored by the university’s Arts Institute.

Dec. 2 – 4 --- “Balance.” 8 p.m., Drayton Hall Theatre. Wideman/Davis Dance, the resident professional dance company at the university, helmed by artistic directors (and university dance faculty) Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis, presents an imaginative choreographic work fusing dance, poetry and music to focus on the issue of homelessness in Columbia. Sponsored by the university’s Arts Institute.

Dec 2 – 4 --- “University of South Carolina Contemporary Dance Showcase: Without Boundaries.” 6 p.m., Drayton Hall Theatre.

Jan. 15 – 17 --- USC Dance program hosts the “Youth America Grand Prix Dance Competition.” Drayton Hall Theatre. See the rising stars of American ballet and contemporary dance in this national competition for students ages 9 to 19 being hosted at the university. Free to the public. Times to be announced.

Feb. 11 – 13 --- “Innovative Works.” 7:30 p.m., Drayton Hall Theatre. USC Dance Company in concert, featuring the original works of university dance artistic director Susan Anderson, contemporary dance instructor Thaddeus Davis, choreographer Ivan Pulinkala and more.

March 20 --- “Ballet Stars of New York.” 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. The fifth annual star-studded concert, featuring principal dancers of the New York City Ballet, directed by Stacey Calvert, with the accompaniment of the USC Symphony Orchestra. Ticket prices are $15 for students; $25 for second balcony; $30 for first balcony; and $35 for orchestra seating.

April 22-23 --- “Coppélia” presented by the university’s Dance Conservatory. 6 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. This comic ballet tells the classic tale of an inventor who creates a life-size (and life-like) dancing doll, which becomes the object of affection for a young suitor, willing to discard the real girl who loves him. Presented by the Dance Conservatory under the direction of Marissa Freeman and USC Dance artistic director Susan Anderson.

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 Web site:

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. 8 – Jan. 23 --- “Southern Satire: The Illustrated World of Jak Smyrl.” Jak Smyrl, from Camden, served as the illustrator and artist for “The State” newspaper from 1949 - 86. During his 37-year career, Smyrl created hundreds of caricatures of leading political and community figures, illustrations for magazine covers, and portraits for “The State” newspaper and “The Columbia Record” (a former afternoon newspaper). Smyrl masterfully understood the region in which he lived and connected with readers through personal reflections and an awareness of Southern culture and history (North Gallery, second floor).

Aug. 22 – Jan. 9 --- “The Biennial Department of Art Faculty Exhibition.” McKissick Museum hosts the department of art’s faculty exhibition. This biennial exhibition features works created by art faculty and a wide range of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, digital arts, computer graphics, textiles, drawing, and film presentations (South Gallery, second floor).

Aug. 15 – Jan. 16 --- “Urban Archaeology in Columbia, South Carolina.” Archaeology has the task of understanding human behavior through the material remains left behind by past people. It examines the people with and without a written history. This exhibition will present the fundamentals of urban archaeology in South Carolina and how it has been applied at Columbia’s historically significant properties under the stewardship of the Historic Columbia Foundation (third-floor lobby gallery).

Feb. 13 – May 8 --- “Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art.” “Grass Roots” traces the parallel histories of coiled basketry in Africa and the United States. The exhibition tells the compelling story of the survival of African-American basketry over 300 years. “Grass Roots” focuses on the coastal town of Mount Pleasant, across the Cooper River from Charleston, where basket makers have taken control of their craft as independent entrepreneurs. The exhibition features baskets made by contemporary American and African basket makers as well as historic examples, some dating to the early 19th century, from Lowcountry rice plantations and African villages (North & South galleries, second floor).

May 22 – July 17 --- “Spring for Art! McKissick Museum Annual Fundraiser Exhibition.” An annual invitational exhibition of works by local artists who express the importance of the natural environment that constitutes the South Carolina landscape. Works include painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and more. This annual event is sponsored by the McKissick Museum Advisory Council. “Spring for Art!” provides an opportunity for audiences to explore the ever-changing landscape of South Carolina as well as the wealth of talented artists throughout South Carolina. Gala event and reception will be held May 21, 2009 (South Gallery, second floor).

May 29 – Aug. 15 --- “Order Now! Decorating the Modern Home.” “Order Now” will explore the symbiotic relationship between trade catalogs and decorative arts. Emphasis will be placed on how the objects were advertised as a method to define status and influence personal taste (North Gallery, second floor).

July 31 – Dec. 18 --- “A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands.” Mary Edna Fraser creates colorful images that, while seeming abstract, are accurate depictions of the South Carolina coast. Her dyed silk hangings and lithographic prints combine science and art. They are technically masterful, and the size of the largest works make them physically impressive. A licensed pilot, Fraser takes the views of the South Carolina coast she sees from her plane and converts the imagery into studies of the land and atmosphere (South Gallery, second floor).

July 31 – Dec. 14 --- “A People of the Land: Lowcountry Portraits.” Vennie Deas-Moore has devoted much of her career to the exploration of vanishing traditions along the South Carolina coast. Her recent photographic essay of black-and-white photographs documents the fishing, timbering and farming industries of South Carolina’s Lowcountry through the portraiture of those who inhabit the waterways. As a native of McClellanville, she presents an “insider’s” unromantic view of places and people seldom seen. Her photographs present the connections between culture and work (third-floor lobby gallery).

McMaster Gallery

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

Aug. 25 – Oct. 2 --- Bill Hosterman. An exhibition of prints by Bill Hosterman, assistant professor of art at Grand Valley University in Michigan. Prints represent a new body of intaglio works created over two years.

Oct. 12 – Nov. 19 --- Ceramics: Southeast. An invitational ceramics exhibition that celebrates contemporary ceramics from traditional pottery to non-traditional sculptural forms. December --- BFA & MFA Exhibitions. Weeklong exhibitions of works by graduating BFA and MFA candidates. Date to be announced.

Jan. 15 – Feb. 23 --- Jonathan Brilliant. Brilliant, a Columbia artist, gathers materials from his natural environment and uses them to execute a site-specific installation. In this version, the natural environment is a coffee shop, and the materials are the wooden coffee stir sticks. The resulting work is both ironic and labor intensive with a traditional craft-based sensibility.

April 21 --- 55th Annual ART Auction. The popular event will be held in the Campus Room of Capstone House beginning with a preview party at 6 p.m. followed by the auction at 7 p.m. The art will be on display beginning at 1 p.m. that day for public viewing. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.

May --- BFA & MFA Exhibitions. Week-long exhibitions of works by graduating BFA and MFA candidates. Dates to be announced.

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 Charlene Spearen or Carrie Young at 803-777-5492 or via e-mail at or or visit the Web site:

Aug. 28 --- “How God Ends Us.” 6:30 p.m., Vista Studios Gallery 80808. The public is invited to a collection of poetry by De’Lana R. Dameron, a native of Columbia. The collection was the winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative’s 2009 South Carolina Book Prize (University of South Carolina Press, 2009). Free

Sept. 19 --- 2009 SC Poetry Initiative Poets Summit: The Art of Risk in South Carolina Poetry. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Museum of Art. This year marks the sixth annual South Carolina Poetry Initiative Poets Summit. Featured poet Sharon Olds will be joined by the talent of poets Rosanna Warren and De’Lana Dameron for this very special event focusing on the art of taking risk when writing and performing poetry. Lunch will be provided by the South Carolina Poetry Initiative. The event will conclude with an Open Mic session. Free.

Oct. 10 --- 2009 South Carolina Chapbook Awards Ceremony. 2 – 4 p.m., Columbia Museum of Art. Marking the South Carolina Poetry Initiative’s 2009 Chapbook Contest, the initiative will be hosting the announcement of its 2009 winners at a celebratory event featuring readings by its 2008 Chapbook Contest winners. This event will also feature the launch of the 2008 chapbooks, which are published by Stepping Stone Press. Free

Stark Raven Mad: A Celebration of Edgar Allen Poe

The University of South Carolina Arts Institute presents Stark Raven Mad, in cooperation with the Richland County Library. The Richland County Public Library’s online book club, “Book Buzz,” will discuss the collected works of Edgar Allen Poe in honor of the 200th anniversary of his birth. Audience participants will receive a free copy of “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” at each event and a Poe Poem in the Pocket on Oct. 10. Sponsored by University of South Carolina’s Arts Institute, The Big Read, Richland County Public Library, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the Web site:

Oct. 1 – 6:30 p.m., Richland County Public Library, main branch. Lancaster assistant professor Dr. Christopher Bundrick will discuss the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Discussion will follow with a showing of the 1935 classic horror film, “The Raven.”

Oct. 2 – 6:30 p.m., Richland County Public Library, main branch. Launch of its month-long Big Read spectacular with a reception and formal reading by poet Meg Kearney at the Columbia Museum, Corner of Hampton and Main. Kearney will read from “An Unkindness of Ravens,” now in its second printing.

Oct. 4 – 3 p.m., Richland County Public Library, main branch. The Columbia Marionette Theatre will present a production of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” with an introduction by emerging University of South Carolina poets.

Oct. 5 – 6:30 p.m., Rutledge Chapel, University of South Carolina Historic Horseshoe. University of South Carolina professor and scholar Dr. Leon Jackson will discuss the poet and writer Edgar Allen Poe and highlight works by and on Poe from the University of South Carolina’s Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth Century American Literature.

Oct. 8 – 6:30 p.m., Richland County Public Library, main branch. A screening of the American International Pictures film, “House of Usher,” starring Vincent Price and directed by Roger Corman.

Oct. 8 - Poetry workshop, by Darien Cavanaugh, a Ph.D. candidate in composition and rhetoric and co-editor of Yemasee, the university's literary journal. Cavanaugh will lead a poetry workshop centering on the grotesque in Edgar Allen Poe's works at Willow Lane High School. Willow Lane is affiliated with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Ju

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