All shows are free and take place at 7:30 p.m. in the USC School of Music Recital
Hall, 813 Assembly St., Columbia SC, unless otherwise noted.
invoke: American Postcards
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Invoke, a bowed and fretted string quartet based in Austin, Texas, won USC’s 2016
Savvy Chamber Competition with a mesmerizing program inspired by roots music that
combined instrumental music, poetry and song. Their Southern Exposure show highlights
the group’s distinctive versatility – they augment the traditional string quartet
with banjo, mandolin, and voice – with the world premiere of four new works written
for the ensemble by some of America’s most exciting young composers: Ian Dicke, David
Kirkland Garner, Takuma Itoh and Steven Snowden. Each piece draws on a specific time
and place in the USA for inspiration and includes visuals related to historical photographs.
Pianist Vicky Chow, described as “brilliant” by The New York Times and a member of
the legendary Bang on a Can All-Stars, performs Tristan Perich’s astounding Surface Image (2013) for piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics. Surface Image has been called “the ultimate meeting of organic and electronic” and “a universe
all its own.” USC’s Recital Hall stage will be covered with forty small loudspeakers,
each wired to hand-built electronics, for this landmark duet between Ms. Chow and
an ever-transforming flurry of simple electronic tones.
Duo Cortona with the USC Percussion Studio: Duets and Concertos
Friday, January 26, 2018
USC faculty Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano, and Ari Streisfeld, violin, two of contemporary
music’s most notable performers, comprise this unusual and surprisingly versatile
duo. Calloway and Streisfeld will perform engaging works written for Duo Cortona.
They will also be joined by members of the USC Percussion Ensemble in concertos by
two of the 20th century’s most important composers: György Ligeti’s folk- and avant-garde
inspired song cycle Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel (With Pipes, Drums, and Fiddles) and Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra, a colorful synthesis of Eastern and Western musical traditions.
A force in the contemporary classical music scene since their founding in 2005, Yarn/Wire,
a quartet of two percussionists and two pianists known for their adventurous repertoire
and consummate artistry, cemented their stellar international reputation with a first-prize
finish in the open division of the University of Michigan’s M Prize competition in
2016. Their Southern Exposure show is comprised of colorful works written expressly
for Yarn/Wire by composers Alex Mincek, Michelle Lou and Enno Poppe.