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Freeman Sunday Concerts

Freeman Sunday Concerts

These Sunday concerts feature the university’s renowned music faculty in fresh and vibrant chamber music programs that pair canonic masterpieces alongside brand new works.

You can enjoy concerts by USC’s renowned music faculty throughout the academic year. A revamped series merges two popular programs, Cornelia Freeman Concert Series and Chamber Innovista, to present chamber concerts rich in variety.

Dubbed “Freeman Sundays @ 3,” the series features Carolina’s acclaimed music faculty in fresh and vibrant chamber music programs that pair established masterpieces alongside brand new works. Named for philanthropist Cornelia Freeman, the concerts raise scholarship money for gifted music students.

The five concerts take place from September to April. All concerts are held in the USC School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly St., Columbia, SC) on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets now on sale

Single concerts: $15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students.

Save with the series: $50 adults; $40 seniors, USC faculty and staff. Reserved seating for this popular concert series is an additional $100 per series.

Purchase tickets online, call 803-777-4280, or at the door.

2016-2017 Concerts


September 4 - The Soloists

Four Songs from Op. 32 - Johannes Brahms
Abschied - Hugo Wolf
   Donald Gray, baritone; Sharon Rattray, piano
Two Ballades (arr. Ari Streisfeld) - Guillaume de Machaut
   Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano; Ari Streisfeld, violin
Piano Sonata, Op. 109 - Ludwig van Beethoven
   Joseph Rackers, piano
Original Arrangements for Jazz Sextet - Bert Ligon and Thelonious Monk
   Bert Ligon and Friends

October 2 - Women in Music

Portraits of Langston - Valerie Coleman (b. 1970)
  Jennifer Parker-Harley
, flute; Joseph Eller, clarinet; Lynn Kompass, piano
Three Songs for Oboe and Double Bass (after poems by Pablo Neruda) - Andrea Clearfield (b. 1960)
   Rebecca Schalk Nagel
, oboe; Craig Butterfield, double bass
Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Viola - Randall Thompson
   Rebecca Schalk Nagel
, oboe; Joseph Eller, clarinet; Daniel Sweaney, viola
Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano - Jean Francaix
  Joseph Eller
, clarinet; Daniel Sweaney, viola; Lynn Kompass, piano

February 5 - Mozart to Marimba

Piano Quartet, K.493 - Mozart
   William Terwilliger
, violin; Daniel Sweaney, viola; Robert Jesselson, cello; Phillip Bush, piano
Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola, and Piano - Charles M.  Loeffler
   Rebecca Schalk Nagel
, oboe; Daniel Sweaney, viola; Phillip Bush, piano
Stubernic, Marimba Trio - Mark Ford
   Scott Herring
, percussion; Cormac Cannon, percussion; J. Daniel Jenkins, percussion

March 19 - Music and Words

Three Lieder - Schubert
   Laury Christie
, soprano; Charles Fugo, piano
Act One, Scene 3 from Golden Lily
Fang Man
   Diana Amos
, soprano; Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano; J. Daniel Jenkins, countertenor; Lynn Kompass, piano
Piano Quartet, Op. 1 - Walter Rabl
   William Terwilliger
, violin; Joseph Eller, clarinet; Robert Jesselson, cello; Charles Fugo, piano

April 2 - Piano Quintet +

Totality, for bassoon and piano - Reginald Bain
   Michael Harley, bassoon; Phillip Bush, piano
Piano Quintet, Op. 81 - Dvořák
   William Terwilliger, violin; Ari Streisfeld, violin; Daniel Sweaney, viola; Robert Jesselson, cello; Marina Lomazov, piano