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Southern Exposure New Music Series

The Southern Exposure New Music Series is devoted to exploring the rich variety of contemporary classical and world music written in the past 30 years and masterworks of the 20th century.

2016–2017 Season

A Stylistic and Instrumental Smorgasbord
Our 2016-17 season features concerts by four distinct instrument families in turn – fretted strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion – in programs designed for maximum exploration of the sonic and stylistic possibilities of each instrument.

All shows are in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St., Columbia SC.

Dueling Guitars: Mak Grgic and Dan Lippel

Thur., Sept. 8, 2016
Two of America’s leading guitar virtuosos join forces in a wide-ranging program of music from modernist icon György Ligeti to post-minimal favorite Marc Mellits. Think dueling banjos with a twist!

Wind Power: Imani Winds

Fri., Oct. 28, 2016
The nation’s most esteemed wind quintet, Imani Winds return to Southern Exposure in a concert that caps a week-long residency at USC. Is a woodwind quintet arrangement of Stravinsky’s landmark Rite of Spring really a good idea? Come and find out.

Percussion Beat-Down: Alumni Artist Celebration

Sat., April 1, 2017
This percussion-heavy concert celebrates some of USC’s most acclaimed alumni composers, including Rome-prize winner and steel drum virtuoso Andy Akiho, Baljinder Sekhon, Nathan Koci, Ron Wiltrout and Clay Mettens.


Founded in 2001 by USC associate professor of composition and composer John Fitz Rogers, the nonprofit series has grown steadily and attracts standing-room-only crowds from throughout South Carolina and neighboring states.

The series has achieved a national reputation for the quality and adventurous spirit of its four yearly concerts, unparalleled in the southeast for their mix of artistic quality, audience education and cutting-edge programming.

Award for Adventurous Programming

Southern Exposure was awarded a 2007 Chamber Music America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in its 2005-2006 season.

Reserve a seat

These free concerts are often standing room only and early arrival is suggested for seating. For a donation of $100 or more, patrons may reserve one seat for the entire Southern Exposure season. Donate online.

If you prefer to pay by phone, contact Polly Lafitte at 803-777-4337. You can also mail a check payable to "Southern Exposure New Music Series" to:
Southern Exposure New Music Series
School of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208

Premiere performances

Groups and artists of international repute who have made their Columbia and South Carolina premiere performances in a Southern Exposure concert include:

  • So Percussion
  • Brooklyn Rider
  • Karel Dohnal
  • Argento Chamber Ensemble
  • Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg
  • International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
  • Alarm Will Sound
  • Imani Winds
  • Los Angeles Piano Quartet
  • Music from Copland House
  • Calder and JACK string quartets
  • Matt Haimovitz, internationally renowned cellist
  • Kartik Seshadri, sitar virtuoso
  • Lisa Moore, esteemed New York-based pianist
  • Gamelan Galak Tika

For more information: Michael Harley, Southern Exposure New Music Series artistic director.