University of South Carolina

2012-2013 Cultural Arts 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 at 813 Assembly St., next to the Koger Center for the Arts. The recital hall is 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

Sept. 9 --- Palmetto City Classic. 5 p.m.USC Gospel Choir and the Hallelujah Singers. St. John Baptist Church. 3404 West Beltline Blvd. Columbia.

Oct. 4 --- Festival of Spirituals. 7:30 p.m. Drayton Hall. USC Gospel Choir, Tina Stallard and Ollie Watts-Davis. 

Oct.14 --- Concert Choir.  5 p.m. Trinity Cathedral. 1100 Sumter St., Columbia.  

Nov. 11 --- Gospel Choir. 7:30 p.m. Second Calvary Baptist Church. 1110 Mason Road, Columbia.

Nov. 14 --- Carolina Alive Concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.

Nov. 15--- University Chorus Fall Concert. 7:30 p.m. Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St., Columbia.

Nov. 30--- Concert Choir Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion St., Columbia.

Dec. 2--- Concert Choir Christmas Concert. 6 p.m. Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St., Columbia.

Feb. 21--- University Chorus. TimeTBD.

March 3--- Concert Choir performs Bach’s B-minor Mass. Time TBD. Trinity Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia.

April 14 --- Gospel Choir. 4 p.m. Second Calvary Baptist Church, 1110 Mason Road, Columbia.

April 15--- Concert Choir and University Chorus with USC Wind Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.

April 17 --- Carolina Alive Concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall.

OPERA at USC --- For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Lisa Smith at 803-777-5369. Tickets are:  $20 general admission; $15 seniors, USC faculty/staff, military; $5 students. Ellen Schlaefer is the opera director. Season tickets are available. 

Nov. 2-3 --- “Don Giovanni” by W.A. Mozart (sung in Italian). 7:30 p.m. Drayton Hall. The legendary Don Juan gets his comeuppance, but not before his dastardly deeds out wit and outrage.

Nov. 4--- “Don Giovanni” by W.A. Mozart (sung in Italian). 3 p.m. Drayton Hall. The legendary Don Juan gets his comeuppance, but not before his dastardly deeds out wit and outrage.

Feb. 1-2 ---“Das Barbecü” a musical comedy by Warrender and Luigs. 7:30 p.m. Drayton Hall.Kick back, laugh and have a good time with this rollicking hootenanny…a bawdy retelling of Wagner’s Ring cycle with a Texas twang. 

Feb. 3---“Das Barbecü” a musical comedy by Warrender and Luigs. 3 p.m. Drayton Hall.Kick back, laugh and have a good time with this rollicking hootenanny…a bawdy retelling of Wagner’s Ring cycle with a Texas twang. 

April 5-6--- “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland.7:30 p.m. Longstreet Theatre. A coming-of-age tale unfolds in America’s heartland.

April 7--- “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland.3 p.m. Longstreet Theatre. A coming-of-age tale unfolds in America’s heartland.

May 10-11 --- “Bambino”by Richard Maltz.7:30 p.m. Longstreet Theatre. A new musical drama in one act revisits the relentless calamities inflicted on the Boston Red Sox. “Bambino” is a collaboration between USC Aiken and USC Columbia. (This production, featuring students and professionals, is not part of the regular season.)

May 12 --- “Bambino”by Richard Maltz.3 p.m. Longstreet Theatre. A new musical drama in one act revisits the relentless calamities inflicted on the Boston Red Sox. “Bambino” is a collaboration between USC Aiken and USC Columbia. (This production, featuring students and professionals, is not part of the regular season.)

USC Symphony Orchestra -Directed by Maestro Donald Portnoy.All concerts are in the Koger Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Koger Center box office or by calling 803-251-2222. For additional information, contact the symphony office at 803-777-7500. Adults, $25; senior citizens, USC faculty and staff, $20; students, $8. Season tickets are available.

Sept. 20 --- “Brahms and Bruch,” David Kim, guest artist, violin.

Oct. 16 ---“ Nielsen, Copland and Chabrier,” Alexander Fiterstein, guest artist, clarinet.

Nov. 13 ---“Beethoven, Strauss and Grieg,” Marina Lomazov, piano.

Jan. 27---“Wagner,” winners of the USC concerto–aria competition (repertoire TBA).

Feb. 12--- An evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein classics. Tina Milhorn Stallard, soprano; Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano; Walter Cuttino, tenor; Jacob Will, bass-baritone; and chorus. 

March 26 --- “Hanson and Tchaikovsky,” Ze Yu Li, guest artist, violin.

April 25 --- “Smetana, Bellinati and Respighi,” Brazil guitar duo, guest artist.

USC Band Ensembles - USC Bands are led by Scott Weiss, director of bands; Rebecca Phillips, associate director of bands/director of athletic bands; and James Taylor, assistant director of bands/athletic bands. All concerts at 7:30 p.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts unless otherwise noted. All concerts are free except for the Nov. 27 concert. For more information: contact the USC Band Office 803-777-4278.

Sept. 24 --- USC Wind Ensemble “Concertos” byHusa, Mozart, Dahl.

Oct. 8 --- Symphonic Winds concert.

Oct. 29 --- USC Wind Ensemble “Cathedrals”byBach, Salfelder, Messiaen.

Nov. 18--- Palmetto Concert Band. 4 p.m.

Nov. 19--- USC Symphonic Winds and University Band.

Nov. 27 --- Carolina Band concert. The Mighty Sounds of the Southeast celebrates the 2012 season with performances of traditional Gamecock fight songs, cheers and music from this season’s halftime shows. Discounted group tickets for 15 or more are available, and must be finalized by Wednesday, Nov. 15. To purchase group tickets, call (803) 777-5112. Proceeds support the Carolina Band.

Dec. 4 --- USC Wind Ensemble.

Feb. 15--- USC Band. 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 15--- USC Wind Ensemble.

Feb. 16 --- Symphonic Winds.

Feb. 16 --- Palmetto Concert Band. 8:45 p.m.

Feb. 23 --- USC Wind Ensemble.

March 23 --- USC Wind Ensemble at the 2013 CBDNA National Conference. 8 p.m. Aycock Auditorium, Greensboro, N.C.

April 4 ---- Symphonic Winds and the University Band.

April 15 --- USC Wind Ensemble with Concert Choir and University Chorus.

May 26 --- Palmetto Concert Band Memorial Day Concert. 4 p.m. Free.

Faculty and guest artists -- Recitals and concerts featuring USC School of Music faculty and guest artists. Concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Music recital hall and are free unless otherwise noted. For information call the School of Music at 803-777-4280.

Aug. 27 --- James Ackley, faculty trumpet recital.

Sept. 13 --- Craig Butterfield, faculty double bassrecital.

Sept. 26 --- Linda Cionitti, guest artist clarinet recital.

Oct. 1 --- Timothy Roberts, guest artist saxophone recital.

Oct. 2 --- Fan Lei, guest artist clarinet recital.

Oct. 6 --- Michael Harley, faculty bassoon recital.

Oct. 9 --- Ron Davis, faculty tuba recital.

Oct. 10 --- Jazz, faculty recital.

Jan. 15 --- Strike, guest artist percussion duo; Paul Vaillancourt, percussion; Jeffrey Meyer, piano.

Jan. 17 --- Clifford Leaman, saxophone, Joseph Rackers, piano,faculty recital.

Jan. 22 --- Charles Fugo, faculty piano recital.

Jan. 23 --- Dmitry Rachmanov, guest artist masterclass. 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 --- Julia Heinen, guest artist clarinet recital.

Feb. 13 --- Bradley Edwards, faculty trombone recital.

Feb. 25 --- Lomazov/Rackers duo, faculty piano recital.

March 5 --- Scott Herring, percussion, and Cliff Leaman, saxophone,faculty recital.

March 18 --- Rebecca Hunter, faculty violin recital.

March 20 --- Allen Vizzutti, faculty trumpet recital.

Jazz ensembles --- Recitals and concerts featuring University of South Carolina musicians. All concerts are held in the School of Music recital hall at 7:30 p.m. and are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 803-777-4280 or e-mail frontofffice@ edu.USC jazz ensembles are led by Bert Ligon, director of jazz studies, Craig Butterfield and Kevin Jones.

Nov. 1 --- Left Bank Big Band concert.

Nov. 29 --- USC Jazz Combos recital.

April 18 --- Left Bank Big Band concert.

April 23 --- Jazz Combos recital.

Percussion ensembles- All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Music recital hall and are free unless otherwise noted. The USC percussion area is led by Scott Herring.

Oct. 28  --- USC Percussion Ensemble Concert recital.3 p.m.

Nov. 7  --- Percussion Players recital.7:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 --- Palmetto Pans Steel Band.

April 6  --- USC Day of Percussion. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. USC Band building (324 Sumter St., Columbia)

Clinics, concerts, educational sessions sponsored by Percussion Arts Society. Guest artist, Michael Burritt, professor of percussion, Eastman School of Music. Tickets are $10; $5 PAS members.

April 8 --- USC Percussion Ensemble. Michael Burritt, guest artist.

April 11 --- Palmetto Pans Steel Drums

April 14 --- Percussion Players. 3 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.

Oct. 3 --- Percussion masterclass line for line. 1:25 p.m. School of Music, room 059.

Oct. 3 --- Percussion masterclass line for line concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall. Free. The trio (Adam Bedell, Cullen Faulk and Matthew Teodori) was nominated for an Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Classical Ensemble in 2011. The group has also performed at the Long Center, the Blanton Museum of Art, Fast Forward Austin and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.

The Southern Exposure New Music Series--- This Southern Exposure Series won the Chamber Music America/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for Adventurous Programming in 2007. Early arrival is suggested for seating for this popular program. A donation of $100 or more, reserves one seat for the entire 2012-2013 Southern Exposure season.

Concerts are in the School of Music recital hall at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 28 --- Percussion All-Star concert. Featuring the Meehan/Perkins Duo, Stuart Gerber, Greg Stuart,Tim Feeny, Nick Dennies, Scott Herring and the USC Percussion Studio. Atlanta-based Gerber to perform “Heaven's Door,” a piece written for him by German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, a centerpiece of the concert. This theatrical piece involves Gerber using as an instrument, a specially made giant door that stands more than 9 feet tall. 

Oct. 26 --- Arnold Schoenberg’s melodrama “Pierrot Lunaire,” a joint Southern Exposure and Chamber Innovista production featuring Janet Hopkins, USC mezzo-soprano performing in sprechstimme, (a cross between singing and speaking) and conducted by Morihiko Nakahara of the South Carolina Philharmonic. The concert includes a lecture by theory professor Daniel Jenkins, a Schoenberg scholar.  “Moonstruck Pierrot” is one of the defining and most controversial masterworks of the 20th century. This performance, to be performed on the 100th anniversary of the show’s premiere, is an example of the angst-filled German artistic movement called Expressionism, with major themes including love, religion, blasphemy, blood, insanity, violence and death. 

Feb. 22 --- Polygraph Lounge with Melissa Fathman,Mark Stewart, guitar, Rob Schwimmer, piano and theremin, and Melissa Fathman, soprano.Stewart is best known for being Paul Simon’s lead guitarist since 1998, a member of Steve Reich and Musicians and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Stewart plays multiple non-western instruments and invented instruments out of pvc pipe. Schwimmer and Fathman are his partners in a musical/comedy group called Polygraph Lounge. Schwimmer will play a theremin, the odd electronic instrument played on the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” and many B-movie horror flicks.

April 12 -13 --- Phillip Bush leads USC students in Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians.” Phillip Bush was a member of the Grammy-award winning ensemble Steve Reich and Musicians. Bush will be rehearsing and coaching the piece with some of USC's students throughout the year and performing with them in the concert. The performance includes a pre-concert discussion of the work.

Cornelia Freeman Concert series ---All concerts are in the School of Music recital hall at 3 p.m. on Sundays and feature performances by School of Music faculty. Single concerts – adults, $12; senior citizens and USC faculty and staff, $10; students, $5; adult series tickets, $50; senior adult series tickets, $40. Reserved seating for the entire series is available for an additional $100 per series tickets.  Reserved seating is not available for individual concerts. or 803-777-4280.

For more than two decades this series has raised scholarship funds for USC music students. All earnings from the concerts are placed in a fund to award scholarships to music.

Sept. 9 --- Handel arias and duet by Handel. Performances by Tina Stallard, soprano; Jacob Will, bass; Rebecca Nagel, oboe; Jerry Curry, harpsichord. “La Valse” by Ravel, Joseph Rackers, piano, Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44” by Schumann, William Terwilliger, violin; Rebecca Hunter, violin; Constance Gee, viola; Robert Jesselson, violoncello; Charles Fugo, piano.

Sept. 16 --- “Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006” by J.S. Bach. Craig Butterfield, double bass, “Andante e Rondo Ongarese, Op. 35” by Weber, Constance Gee, viola; Charles Fugo, piano, “Recitative and Aria, ‘Ich bin allein’ (Faust)” by Spohr; Tina Stallard, soprano; Joseph Eller, clarinet; Lynn Kompass, piano; Footprints” by Gordon (Dick) Goodwin; James Ackley, trumpet; Bradley Edwards, trombone; Clifford Leaman, saxophone; Scott Herring, marimba; Descending into Light” by McComas, Clifford Leaman, saxophone; Bradley Edwards, trombone.

Sept. 23 --- “From Fiori musicali (1635)” by Frescobaldi from “Hommage à Frescobaldi” by Langlais. William Bates, organ; Variations on the name ABEGG, Op. 1 by Schumann”; Charles Fugo, piano; Reciprocity for Trombone and Tuba” by Meador, Bradley Edwards, trombone; Ronald Davis, tuba; “Nonet, H. 374” by Martinu; Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute; Rebecca Schalk Nagel, oboe; Joseph Eller, clarinet; Robert Pruzin, horn; Michael Harley, bassoon; William Terwilliger, violin; Constance Gee, viola; Robert Jesselson, violoncello; Craig Butterfield, bass; Broken Resolutions; Red Wine & Blue; Plaza Luna by Bert Ligon”; William Terwilliger, violin; Rebecca Hunter, violin; Constance Gee, viola; Robert Jesselson, violoncello; Craig Butterfield, bass; Bert Ligon, piano.

Sept. 30 --- “Impromptu in G flat major, D. 899, No. 3” by Schubert; “Impromptu in F sharp major, Op. 36” by Chopin. John Williams, piano; “Bilitis” by Debussy; Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute; Charles Fugo, piano; “Breaking” by John Fitz Rogers; Clifford Leaman, saxophone; Joseph Rackers, piano; “Old Shoes, Fable, Drive Time” by Bert Ligon; Bert Ligon, piano; Craig Butterfield, bass.

Oct. 7 --- “De Provenza il mar (La Traviata)” by Verdi; “Non piu andrai (Marriage of Figaro)” by Mozart. Richard Conant, baritone; Charles Fugo, piano; Centennial Horizon” by McKee; James Ackley, trumpet; Joseph Rackers, piano; Winter Music” by John Fitz Rogers; Rebecca Hunter, violin; Lynn Kompass, piano; At the Marion Opera House” by Tayloe Harding; Robert Jesselson, cello; Charles Fugo, piano; Ocean Calling” by Warshauer; Lomazov/Rackers duo - Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers, piano.

Chamber Innovista Series --- In keeping with the USC Innovista approach of “live, work, learn, play,” Chamber Innovista provides a world-class collection of innovative and original chamber music performances for people living and working in the district. Call 803-777-4280 to reserve your tickets tickets: adults $15; students and seniors $5 per concert. Series tickets $30.

Oct. 26 --- Arnold Schoenberg’s melodrama “Pierrot Lunaire.” 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall. A joint Southern Exposure and Chamber Innovista production featuring Janet Hopkins, USC mezzo-soprano performing in sprechstimme, (a cross between singing and speaking) and conducted by Morihiko Nakahara of the South Carolina Philharmonic. The concert includes a lecture by theory professor Daniel Jenkins, a Schoenberg scholar.  “Moonstruck Pierrot” is one of the defining and most controversial masterworks of the 20th century. This performance, to be performed on the 100th anniversary of the show’s premiere, is an example of the angst-filled German artistic movement called Expressionism, with major themes including love, religion, blasphemy, blood, insanity, violence and death.

Jan. 29 --- The New German School and its Opponent(s): Wagner Contra Brahms.This concert is part of the Wagner Worldwide Symposium.

April 1 --- Wine, gourmet food and music. Mozart, Piston, Chabrier Wine tasting begins at 4 p.m. and is served throughout the concert; buffet dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Dupre Catering and Events, 300 Senate St., Cash bar available during the dinner and concert. Buffet and concert, $50.

Miscellaneous Events

Sept. 7--- Columbia Baroque soloists. 7 p.m. School of Music recital hall.Baroque dancers Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Thomas Baird interpret, recreate and perform Baroque theatre dance to the accompaniment of the Columbia Baroque soloists performing music by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Louis-Nicolas Clêrambault. Host Timothy Hein will give a pre-concert talk. Tickets: faculty and staff, $13; $15 at the door; USC students, free.

Sept. 21 --- String Festival. 5:30-9 p.m. Free.

Oct. 22 --- U.S. Coast Guard saxophone quartet. 6 p.m. School of Music recital hall. Free.

Nov. 19 --- Fall trombone night. 7:30 p.m.  School of Music recital hall. Free.

Nov. 28 --- An Evening of Chamber Music. 7:30 p.m.School of Music recital hall. Free.

Dec. 5 --- New Voices student composers recital. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall. Free.

Dec. 8 --- Suzuki Strings Winter Concert. 7:30 p.m.School of Music recital hall. Free.

The Wagner Project

School of Music recital hall

These events are scheduled to accompany the 2013 USC Wagner Conference and are all open to the public. In recognition of composer Richard Wagner’s (1813-1883) bicentennial in 2013, the Forschungsinstitut für Musiktheater(fimt) at the University of Bayreuth is planning a multi-year series of events to take place around the world. Participating institutions are the University of South Carolina, University of Bayreuth and University of Bern.

Jan. 27
USC Symphony performs an all-Wagner concert. 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts. Conducted by Maestro Donald Portnoy. The program includes “Siegfried Idyll Prelude and Liebestod” from “Tristan und Isolde, Ride of the Valkyries.”
Jan. 28 --- Wagner Symposium. 5-10 p.m. Location TBA.

Jan. 29 --- Chamber Music Concert. Place and time TBA. Program includes“Wesendonck Lieder” and “Brahms Quintet.”

Jan. 30 --- Screening of “Die Nibelungen: Siegfried” (Dir. Fritz Lang, 1924) with live musical accompaniment by Dennis James. Time TBA. School of Music recital hall.

Jan. 31 --- Keynote lecture: Alex Ross (music critic of The New Yorker). 7:30 p.m. Location TBA.

Feb. 1 --- Screening of documentary “Wagner’s Jews” by New York filmmaker Hilan Warshaw who introduce the film and answer questions following the screening. Time and location TBA. This event is co-sponsored by the USC Jewish Studies Program.

Feb. 15 --- Columbia Baroque soloists. 7 p.m. Pre-concert talk with host Timothy Hein. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall. Explore the heritage of chamber music in colonial South Carolina with the music of Frederick Gunzweig and James McAlpine, the first teachers of the viola da gamba and recorder in the colony. Faculty and staff $13; $15 at the door; USC students, free.

April 2 --- Computer Music concert. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall. Free.

April 15 --- Carolina Trombone Collective. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall. 7:30 p.m. Free.

April 26 --- New Voices student composers recital. 7:30 p.m. School of Music recital hall. Free.


USC String Project – 3rd grade through high school.

The 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. Affordable fees are an important aspect of the program, making it available to children who might not otherwise have access.

The program is designed to improve the teaching of string instruments in both classroom and private studio settings. The USC String Project is a recipient of the Verner Award for Excellence in Arts Education.

E-mail: or call 803-777-9568.

USC Community Music Program – children through adults

The Community Music Program provides private lessons by experienced teachers in: flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, classical guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and voice. Twelve private lessons are scheduled weekly, either after school or on weekends. Tuition is semester based: 12-half-hour lessons-$260; 12-one-hour lessons-$460; Family discount available. 

For an application or more info: 803-777- 4281 or

USC Children’s Music Development Center

Music Play – birth through age 5 years

Music Play classes at the University of South Carolina’s Children’s Music Development Center are part of an innovative program designed to develop the music potential of young children. Current research performed by Wendy Valerio, her colleagues, and her graduate assistants, indicates that music is best learned if informal music guidance is begun as early in life as possible. Each child’s readiness for achievement in later formal music instruction is enhanced under the guidance of the CMDC faculty. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver during each class. $100 for 10 classes.

Contact: 803-777-4065, email at or visit

Congaree New Horizons Band

Adults ages 50 and older learn to play and perform a band instrument in a group setting. No musical experience is required to participate. Rehearsals are held each Monday evening at the USC String Project Building, at 851 Park St., Columbia. Rehearsal times are 5:30-7 p.m. for beginners and concert bands; jazz band meets from 7-8 p.m. Each practice session includes full group rehearsals and small group and individual instruction. The band performs two to four concerts per semester at locations in the Columbia area.

 A new member enrollment meeting is Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Rehearsals begin Sept. 10. Fees are $150/semester for beginning players, $100/semester for experienced players, with participation in the jazz band an additional $40/semester. Fees do not include instrument rental or purchase but do include music and materials used in classes. USC’s Congaree New Horizons Band is affiliated with New Horizons International Music Association, an organization that encourages seniors to learn and make music with friends. For more information about USC’s Congaree New Horizons Band, visit or contact Jeremy Lane at 803- 777-1501,


The Southeastern Piano Festival

June 2013

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 receive daily private lessons with faculty members of the University of South Carolina, participate in master classes with guest artists and take part in opportunities to perform in a professional concert setting. Each day concludes with an evening performance by a guest artist, USC piano faculty members or festival students. The week’s events culminate with the Arthur Fraser Concerto Competition, the winner of which will have an opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. All events are open to the public and many are free to attend. For more information: Tickets for evening concerts can be purchased by calling 803-576-5763.

USC Band Camp – Rising 7-12 graders

June 2013

Drum major, marching percussion, symphonic band and symphonic percussion.

The University of South Carolina Summer Music Camp boasts an average enrollment of 400 to 500 students each summer from across the eastern United States. For more information, call the School of Music Band Office, 803-777-4278 or email

Carolina Summer Music Conservatory – Rising 9th grade through 12th grade

June 2013

USC School of Music faculty members lead students in an intensive, one-week session that focuses on individual performance and chamber music. Activities include masterclasses with USC faculty and other professional musicians, chamber music coaching, and private lessons. Students select from courses in music history, music theory, how to prepare for auditions, and jazz improvisation. Students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform solo works with professional accompanists and 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 about the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory, contact Clifford Leaman at 803-576-5893 or

USC String Project Summer Camp – 3rd grade through high school

This camp fosters the excitement of developing skills on an orchestral stringed instrument. Students have daily group music instruction culminating with a Thursday afternoon concert. The faculty includes experienced teachers from the community and music education majors from the university. Open to all students who have completed one year of instruction. For information: 803-777-9568 or email at

Theatre South Carolina

Curtain times for Theatre South Carolina productions in the College of Arts and Sciences are: Wednesdays through Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 p.m; (plus 11 p.m. half -price performances on final Saturday); Sundays, 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for the public; $16 for university faculty and staff, senior citizens (age 60+) and the military; and $12 for students. Season-ticket holders see five shows for the price of four and can use their tickets in any combination for any show. Group tickets are available – call 803-777-9353 for details. Times and ticket prices may be subject to change.  For more information, call 803-777-2551, or go to the Web site:

Main Stage Productions

Sept. 12-15  ---- “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” by James Still; directed by Gilbert McCauley; Drayton Hall Theatre. Special engagement.

Special Times.  Show starts at 8 each evening.

Theatre South Carolina welcomes this one-man tour-de-force produced by USC alum Cindy Murphy and starring Broadway veteran Lawrence Hamilton (“Ragtime,” “The Wiz,” “Jelly’s Last Jam”) as Alonzo Fields, grandson of a freed slave, who became the first African-American Chief Butler of the White House. Looking Over the President’s Shoulder”gives audiences an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the personalities of President’s Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower during some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century. Recalling his momentous journey, Fields reflects on the promise and realities of life with humor and pride.  

Oct. 5-13 ---- “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde; directed by Robert Richmond;  Longstreet Theatre. Take a walk on the “Wilde” side and enjoy our “swinging ‘60s” take on Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece, complete with go-go boots and bad boys in bowler hats. Yet, while the setting changes, this beloved classic comedy remains just as deliriously funny. “The Importance of Being Earnest” follows the exploits of Jack Worthing, a socialite leading two lives: he’s the well-respected “Jack” at his country estate, while, in the city, he assumes the identity of his imaginary brother, the loose and freewheeling Ernest. When his good friend Algernon discovers the deception, he decides to get in on the action, leading to mayhem that threatens to get the best of them both. Filled with hilarious plot twists and Wilde’s singular wit, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is high farce at its finest.

Nov. 9-17 ---- “Compleat Female Stage Beauty” by Jeffrey Hatcher; Longstreet Theatre.Described by LA Weeklyas “a compelling take on the issues of sexual identity and artistic freedom now entrenched in our own culture,” Jeffrey Hatcher’s “Compleat Female Stage Beauty”is a darkly comedic exploration of a celebrity’s fall into obscurity. The 17th century social world seems to orbit around the actor Kynaston, a glittering star famous for his portrayals of female characters, when King Charles II signs a law allowing real women to take the stage. Challenged to his core, Kynaston's domain of privilege is shattered, and he must confront his own sense of self-worth as an actor…and as a man. “Compleat Female Stage Beauty” contains adult themes and is not suitable for children.   

Feb. 22 – March 2 ---- “Boeing-Boeing” by Marc Camoletti; directed by Richard Jennings; Longstreet Theatre.The New York Times raved that the 2008 Tony-winning production of “Boeing-Boeing” ‘soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy.’” Well-regarded as the most performed French play throughout the world, “Boeing-Boeing”tells the raucous tale of Bernard, an American businessman living in 1960s Paris who juggles affairs with three airline hostesses whose flight schedules are perfectly timed to keep them unaware of each other. The introduction of ever-faster jets quickly takes his high-flying ruse off-course, however, and a furiously funny crash of fiancées is just over the horizon.

April 19-27 ---- “King Lear” by William Shakespeare; directed by Beatrice Rancea; Drayton Hall Theatre.Shakespeare’s gale-force tragedy rips back the curtain on a family torn by greed and an unquenchable lust for power. The aging King of Britain, Lear, decides to split his kingdom between his three daughters, but tests their loyalty first to finalize the arrangement. When his most devoted daughter, Cordelia, refuses to flatter him, the king disowns her, paving the way for a venomous plot to usurp the throne concocted by his remaining heirs. The King flees, leading him on a spiraling descent into madness as he fights to regain control. A riveting drama about the corruptive nature of power and a broken man’s agonizing struggle for redemption, Ben Brantley of The New York Times says that “King Lear” includes “some of the most beautiful and devastating observations ever uttered about the human condition.”

Lab Theatre Schedule -- All Shows are performed in the Lab Theatre, USC’s “black box” theatre on Wheat Street, across from Blatt PE Center, unless otherwise noted. Curtain times are 8 p.m., and tickets are $5, sold only at the door. Times may be subject to change. 

Oct. 11-14 --- “August Snow” by Reynolds Price; directed by Patty Walker. “August Snow”is the first in a trilogy of plays chronicling the hardships of a North Carolina family from the Great Depression through the Vietnam War era. Writer Reynolds Price, described by TheatreWeekas “one of the great writers of our generation,” introduces us to the Avery family, led by widowed matriarch Roma, and the coming-of-age of her recently married son Neal, who struggles to uphold his responsibilities to his wife and family. “Two of the great strengths of Mr. Price’s writing are his pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and his keen eye for the minutiae of daily life.” -- The New York Times

Nov. 15-18  ---- “The Rose Tattoo” by Tennessee Williams; directed by Rocco Thompson. Winner of the 1951 Tony Award for Best Play, Tennessee Williams’ classic “The Rose Tattoo” still soars with delicious melodrama and Williams’ signature gift for language. Serafina is a Sicilian seamstress living in the American South, who has withdrawn from society (and forced her daughter to do the same) after the tragic death of her husband. Only a stranger with an odd resemblance to her husband can bring her out of her despair and back to life and love.

Feb. 7-10 ---- “How I Learned to Drive” by Paula Vogel; directed by Eric Bultman.Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Pamela Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” was described by The New York Timesas “one of the most discomfiting love stories to emerge from the American theater.” Vogel’s affecting drama traces the coming-of-age of main character Li’l Bit, whose life is forever changed by the sexual relationship she develops with her uncle.  “How I Learned to Drive” is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.

Feb. 28 – March 3 ---- “Twelve Angry Jurors” by Reginald Rose; directed by K. Dale White.  Performed at Benson Theatre,226 Bull St., Columbia. Reginald Rose’s adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning television film “Twelve Angry Men” by Sherman Sergel is an unflinching look at a jury deciding the guilt or innocence of a 19-year-old accused of fatally stabbing his father. What appears to be an open-and-shut case quickly explodes into a tense fight among the 12 men and women, as they struggle to decide the ultimate fate of the accused. Rose’s script won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

April 25-28 ---- “Becky Shaw” by Gina Gionfriddo; directed by David Britt. The blind date from hell opens up a Pandora’s box of familial and romantic entanglements in Gina Gionfriddo’s razor-tongued comedy “Becky Shaw,” a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. “Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” —Variety

USC Dance Company

Under the artistic direction of Susan E. Anderson, alongside Stacey Calvert, associate artistic director; Kyra Strasberg, distinguished artist-in-residence and Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis, assistant professors, the university’s dance program in the College of Arts and Sciences has provided excellence in classic and contemporary dance performance for more than 35 years. In 2005, the university established a dance major discipline, and students practice their routines in 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: $12 for students, $16 for USC faculty/staff and military, and $18 for the general 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. For details on dance concerts, call 803-777-0704, or visit the Web site: 

Oct. 5 ----“S.C. Festival of Dance: 2012 Jubilee.” 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.The S.C. Festival of Dance will celebrate the best of dance in South Carolina, featuring professional and regional companies such as Carolina Ballet, Greenville, Hernon Justo, artistic director; Columbia Classical Ballet,  Redenko Pavlovich, artistic director; and Charleston Ballet Theatre, Patricia Cantwell, artistic director, with choreography by award-winning resident choreographer Jill Bahr. Also Wideman/Davis Dance, the USC dance program’s professional dance company in residence, will be featured. The USC Dance Company will round out the evening’s presentation with a commissioned new work by Gianni Di Marco.

Nov. 2-3 ----“USC Dance Company fall concert: Voices of Choreography.” 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts. Dancers will perform a variety of genres from the classics to the contemporary in the fall concert. The program includes “Tensile Involvement” by Alwin Nikolais, which premiered in New York in 1953 and was featured in the 2003 film, “The Company.”  Dancers in the work utilize long elastic ribbons to create geometric shapes. Thaddeus Davis, assistant professor and a recipient of the Choo-San Goh choreography award, will present a contemporary work in the program. Boston-based choreographer Gianni Di Marco will set a new work to be premiered in this concert. Di Marco danced with the Boston Ballet along with faculty member Kyra Strasberg, who will serve as ballet mistress. The final work on the program will be “La Source” by George Balanchine. Faculty member Stacey Calvert, a former soloist with NYCB will stage this work.

Nov. 27-30  ---- “Fragments of Light: Student Choreography Showcase.” 6 p.m. Drayton Hall Theatre. Under the direction of master faculty, students display their talents as both performers and creators of choreography. 

Nov. 27-30  ---- Wideman/Davis Dance Co. in concert.  8 p.m. Drayton Hall Theatre. On the same dates as the student showcase, Wideman/Davis Dance, the resident professional dance company, will bring a unique brand of choreography with a socially-relevant theme to the Drayton Hall stage.  Professors Tanya Wideman Davis and Thaddeus Davis, along with other guest artists, will present their original interpretative work “Based On Images,” a piece inspired by national media images of Hurricane Katrina. The Wideman/Davis Dance Company has performed this work in New York and on multiple stages across the country.

Feb 13-16  ---- “USC Dance Company Spring Concert: On The Edge.” 7:30 p.m. Drayton Hall Theatre. Push the boundaries of dance with the USC Dance Company, as it presents an evening featuring original contemporary choreography by Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis, as well as a work by Bill Evans, world-renowned choreographer and dance educator.

April 18 ---- “Velocity: Student Choreography Showcase.” 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.  University dancers will take center stage for a showcase of their original choreography.

April 19 ----“8th Annual Ballet Stars of New York.” 7 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. For the eighth consecutive year, we host principal dancers from the New York City Ballet for an evening of dance mastery. Under the direction of faculty member Stacey Calvert, a former soloist with the NYCB, dancers will share the stage with top stars of the professional ballet world and the USC Symphony, under the direction of Donald Portnoy, USC symphony conductor. Ticket are $15 for students, $25 for second balcony, $30 for first balcony and $35 for orchestra seating.

May 24-25 ----“USC Dance Conservatory spring concert.” 6 p.m. May 24 and 2 p.m. May 25. Drayton Hall Theatre. Students from the USC Dance Conservatory, the after-school program for ages 3-18, present their annual spring concert.

McKissick Museum

McKissick Museum exhibitions are free and open to the public. The museum, in the College of Arts and Sciences, is on the historic Horseshoe and is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed 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.


Aug. 11 – Dec. 14 --- Get Cocky! Students and fans of Gamecock athletics. North Gallery.

The University of South Carolina’s long athletic tradition began with intramural sports while it was South Carolina College. Baseball and football became intercollegiate sports in the 1890s. More than a century later, these programs continue to hold the attention of the South Carolina community – especially those who call themselves Gamecocks.

Sept. 8 – Dec. 18 --- “The Ultimate Vacation: Watching Other People Work.” South Gallery

Have you have ever wondered how the car you drive, the flowers you grow or the chocolate you eat are made? The exhibit, “The Ultimate Vacation: Watching Other People Work” will answer all those questions when  McKissick Museum  hosts the show co-curated by USC public history graduate students and faculty. “The Ultimate Vacation” explores the history of factory tours in America. It focuses on the food, mail order and automotive industries. The exhibit shows the widespread popularity of industrial tourism from the 1890’s to the present and challenges visitors to think about how consumer goods are manufactured, how business practices change over time, and why tourists enjoy watching other people work. The BMW plant in Spartanburg, S.C., is one of the companies featured in the exhibit along with the South Carolina-based Park Seed. National companies such as Hershey’s, Sears & Roebuck and Heinz make up a portion of the exhibit. 

Jan. 21 – May 17 --- “Dawn of Freedom: The Freedmen’s Town of Mitchelville.” North Gallery

The sound of gunfire in Port Royal Bay on Nov. 7, 1861, signaled to area slaves the coming of the Union army and the end of slavery. The exhibition “Dawn of Freedom: The Freedmen’s Town of Mitchelville” explores the transition from slavery to freedom for those slaves who escaped to Hilton Head Island following the battle. It focuses on Mitchelville, a town of contrabands, as the government labeled escaped slaves, on the northeastern end of the island. Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchel, who oversaw the town’s creation, wanted its residents to transition into freedom through economic and political autonomy. Its residents voted, won mandatory education for children, owned homes, shopped in local stores and took the first steps toward full citizenship. At its height in 1865 Mitchelville had almost 3,000 residents. Although the town no longer exists, Hilton Head Island community members are creating a park on the site to educate the public about the first self-governing town of freed men in America. The exhibition examines the foundations of Mitchelville, the lives of its residents, and its legacy while also showcasing the unique culture of Sea island slaves and their Gullah traditions. “Dawn of Freedom”is a collaboration of McKissick Museum, graduate student JoAnn Zeise of the public history department, with assistance from the USC Institute for African American Research and the Mitchelville Preservation Project.

Jan. 19 – May 11 --- “Step Right Up! Sideshows in American Culture.” South Gallery

“Step Right Up! Sideshows in American Culture” will celebrate Rebecca Davenport, a South Carolina artist, and place her work in the larger context of carnival culture through an exploration of the sideshow as cultural phenomenon during the late 19th century and continuing through the 21st century. “Step Right Up!” will use her carnival series as the anchor for a discussion about the sideshow in American culture.  Several key themes will be addressed, including the dynamic nature of sideshow culture, the exploration of the concept of  “the other,” the folk language of the “carny,” the public perception of showmanship, curiosity and exploitation and sideshows in the South and their relationship to medicine shows. The exhibit will feature original works by Davenport in addition to a variety of banners, heralds, and trade cards from the heyday of the American sideshow. A lecture/performance series will feature scholars recognized for their research in the area of sideshows and freak culture.

Special Events:

USC Welcome Week – USC students only

Sept. 21 --- Parents’ Weekend behind the scenes tours. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Second floor gallery, McKissick Museum.

Nov. 9 --- Homecoming parade. Stop by the Museum following the parade for a tour of Get Cocky and light refreshments.



McMaster Gallery

McMaster Gallery is in the Department of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of South Carolina. McMaster Gallery is at 1615 Senate St., Columbia. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, closed weekends and all university holidays. For more information contact: Mana Hewitt, gallery director, 803-777-7480 or email:


Aug. 28–Oct. 4 --- Dialoghi dell’Arte. An invitational exhibition of paintings showing

images and objects influenced by the artists

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