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University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Director of Orchestras Scott Weiss, the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra is the premier orchestra in the School of Music and one of the leading ensembles in the Southeast. Comprised of over 100 student musicians, the orchestra’s repertoire spans five centuries of music, including everything from the standard symphonic literature to cutting edge contemporary works. The full orchestra performs six concerts yearly in the Koger Center for the Arts, and a smaller ensemble conducted by Neil Casey performs in the pit for Opera at USC.

For more information about orchestra auditions, contact Scott Weiss at sweiss@mozart.sc.edu, 803-777-6251


2022-2023 Season

The University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra's 2022-2023 season is based on suggestions by ensemble members. The season opens on Thursday, September 22 with Gustav Holst’s celestial showpiece, The Planets. The piece has become one of the best known of all orchestral compositions due to its emotional scope and grandeur. The concert begins with Valerie Coleman’s anthem for unity, UMOJA. 

Grammy Award winning cellist Zuill Bailey is back! A long-time audience favorite in Columbia, Zuill is returning Tuesday, October 25. This time he’ll be playing the Dvorak, the greatest of all cello concertos! Opening the concert is Stravinsky’s charming Dumbarton Oaks Concerto and the evocative D’un matin de printemps by French composer, Lili Boulanger. The piece by Lili Boulanger is sponsored by an anonymous donor.

The season theme "Power and Empower" bursts to life Tuesday, November 29 with the arrival of fiery pianist Natasha Paremski playing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. Paired with Brahms’ masterful Symphony No. 3, this evening is full of some of the most emotional music ever written. Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. is sponsored by Adair Pianos.



The dreariness of winter is banished when superstar composer meets superstar pianist! In 2022 Awadagin Pratt performed the world premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s new piano concerto Rounds with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. He will return to SC on Tuesday, February 7 to perform it in an all-American concert that also features Copland’s Appalachian Spring and the Symphony No. 1 by Columbia’s own Meira Warshauer. 

Always an audience favorite, the soloists and repertoire for our Tuesday, March 21 Rising Stars concert are winners of the University of South Carolina School of Music's October 2022 Concerto-Aria Competition.

The season boldly concludes with the energetic cantata Carmina Burana Thursday, April 20. Featuring over 200 performers, this will be a season finale not to be missed! Based on the 24 medieval poems of the same name, Carmina Burana explores life’s delights, unpredictability, and excesses. Opening the concert is an energetic new work by British composer Anna Clyne entitled Pivot. The concert features soloists Serena Laroche (soprano), Martin Bakari (tenor) and Edumund Milly (bass-baritone). 

Click here for dates and additional details or download the brochure of the season.


The 2022-2023 Season is on sale now!

Season subscriptions

Save with a season subscription (6 concerts) and enjoy the best seats in the house: $150.
Season discounts: $110 senior citizen / military / USC faculty and staff; $45 students.
Current subscribers may renew their subscriptions in person or online now.


Concert tickets

Purchase online at kogercenterforthearts.com.

General public - $30
Seniors / military / USC faculty and staff - $25
Children under 18 and non-USC students with ID - $8

USC Students - free with student ID  - must be picked up from the Koger Box Office (corner of Park and Greene) before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance or in the Koger Center lobby immediately prior to the performance.

TIP: Save internet fees by buying In person at the Koger Box Office, corner of Greene and Park Streets (M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


2022-23 Season Maestro Sponsor

Maestro sponsor - Miyos


2022-23 Season Prinicpal Level Sponsor

Schmoyer and Company

 

 


Support the USC Symphony Orchestra 

When you give to the USC Symphony Orchestra, you directly impact our students by providing scholarships, music, masterclasses and guest artists. Make your donation today!

Sponsor a Concert, Orchestral Work or Guest Artist

Patrons and businesses can support the USC Symphony Orchestra by sponsoring a 2022-2023 concert, an orchestral work or a guest artist. Benefits include recognition from the stage, in the printed program and on the School of Music website. See opportunities and benefits below.

Individual Performance Sponsorship Opportunities

Benefits:

  • Name of business and logo or individual name printed in program as Concert Presenting Sponsor
  • Name of business and logo or individual name on website as Concert Presenting Sponsor
  • 12 tickets to the sponsored concert
  • Exclusive access to listen to the dress rehearsal the night before the performance

Large-scale Symphonic Work $3,000
Concerto $1,500
Overture $500

Benefits:

  • Name of business and logo or individual name printed in program as Orchestral Work Sponsor
  • Name of business and logo or individual name on website as Orchestral Work Sponsor
  • Up to 8 tickets (depending on sponsorship level) to the concert that features the work you or your business sponsors
  • Exclusive access to listen to dress rehearsal the night before the performance

Benefits

  • Name of business and logo or individual name printed in program as Guest Artist Sponsor
  • Name of business and logo or individual name on website as Guest Artist Sponsor
  • 10 tickets to the Guest Artist concert
  • Exclusive access to listen to dress rehearsal the night before the performance
Season Sponsorship Opportunities

Benefits 

  • Business name and logo or individual name featured prominently in printed and digital programs and on USC Symphony Orchestra website for the entire season
  • Unlimited USC Symphony Orchestra concert tickets available for individual or business employees and family members throughout the season
  • Business name and logo or individual name placed on Koger Center lobby signage
  • Opportunity for individual and three friends or family members or up to four employees to come to one rehearsal and “sit in” with any orchestra section and listen as an honorary second chair member

Benefits

  • Business name and logo or individual name in printed program and on USC Symphony Orchestra website for the entire season
  • 10 tickets to the concert(s) of your choice available to individual or employees and family members
  • Business name and logo or individual name placed on Koger Center lobby signage

Benefits 

  • Business name and logo or individual name in program and on USC Symphony Orchestra website for the entire season
  • Four tickets to the concert(s) of your choice available to individual or employees and family members
  • Business name and logo or individual name placed on Koger Center lobby signage

For more information, contact Brad Martin via email or 803-777-0704.


 


Contact Us

Phone: 803-251-2222
Email: uscorchestra@mozart.sc.edu

Scott Weiss, conductor
Neil Casey, assistant conductor

Upcoming Events

USC Symphony Orchestra: Appalachian Spring and Awadagin Pratt

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023

Location: Koger Center Auditorium, See Description for Event Location.

Cost: General public - $30 Seniors / military / USC faculty and staff - $25 Children under 18 and non-USC students with ID - $8 USC Students - free with student ID - must be picked up from the Koger Box Office (corner of Park and Greene) before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance or in the Koger Center lobby immediately prior to the performance.

USC Symphony Orchestra: Rising Stars

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2023

Location: Koger Center Auditorium, See Description for Event Location.

Cost: General public - $30 Seniors / military / USC faculty and staff - $25 Children under 18 and non-USC students with ID - $8 USC Students - free with student ID - must be picked up from the Koger Box Office (corner of Park and Greene) before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance or in the Koger Center lobby immediately prior to the performance.

USC Campus Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2023

Location: Darla Moore School of Business 101 - Johnson Performance Hall

Cost: Free

USC Symphony Orchestra: Carmina Burana

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2023

Location: Koger Center Auditorium, See Description for Event Location.

Cost: General public - $30 Seniors / military / USC faculty and staff - $25 Children under 18 and non-USC students with ID - $8 USC Students - free with student ID - must be picked up from the Koger Box Office (corner of Park and Greene) before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance or in the Koger Center lobby immediately prior to the performance.

USC Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, Sep. 28, 2023

Location: Koger Center Auditorium, See Description for Event Location.

Cost: General public - $30 Seniors / military / USC faculty and staff - $25 Children under 18 and non-USC students with ID - $8 USC Students - free with student ID - must be picked up from the Koger Box Office (corner of Park and Greene) before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance or in the Koger Center lobby immediately prior to the performance.

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