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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.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the UofSC School of Music Recital Hall unless otherwise noted - 813 Assembly St., Columbia SC.

2019–2020 Season Announced

See the season details.


Friday, September 27, 8:00 p.m. (note time change)
Mike Block, cello, and Sandeep Das, tabla

Members of the Silk Road Ensemble
School of Music Recital Hall

Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Claire Chase, flute

MacArthur Fellow, Avery Fisher Prize-Winner
School of Music Recital Hall

Saturday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.
Savvy Chamber Competition

Featuring 3 Ensemble Finalists
School of Music Recital Hall

Friday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Kronos Quartet

At War With Ourselves Preview Performance
Michael Abels, composer
Nikky Finney, librettist
Performed by Kronos Quartet, members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and singers from the University of South Carolina.
Koger Center for the Arts (note location change)

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, you can 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.

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