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Southern Exposure New Music Series

Southern Exposure’s 2020-2021 Season


The Southern Exposure New Music Series’ 19th season is about making connections: between humans and the natural world, the present and the past, one of today’s foremost ensembles and UofSC students and faculty, and a father and son.

Of course, every Southern Exposure concert is about connecting with our audience and the Columbia region as well. We believe in the magic and sense of community that only in-person concerts can provide, and that they can be presented safely in the COVID era. In addition, technology allows musicians and audiences to connect virtually in new and meaningful ways.

All Southern Exposure concerts are FREE
The safety of our audience and performers is paramount, and will be ensured through outdoor performances, social distancing, mandatory masks, and limited audience sizes. Season patrons receive seating priority.

John Luther Adams

Ten Thousand Birds

Sat., Oct. 3, 6:00 p.m.
UofSC campus, Historic Horseshoe

By John Luther Adams, developed by Alan Pierson. A celebration of the music of the natural world and our relationship to it, by one of America’s foremost living composers. Performed by UofSC students, staged and directed by Michael Harley.

Richard Greener

Glory: Musical Tribute to Richard Greener

Sun., Nov. 1, 2020
3:00 p.m. Russell House Patio Stage  

Works by Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott. UofSC wind and string faculty bring the ever-relevant words and ideas of the university’s first African American professor to life again in a special outdoor concert.

Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound: Video Chat Variations

Fri., Feb. 19, 2021
7:30 p.m. Livestream

Music by John Fitz Rogers, Meredith Monk, Tyshawn Sorey and others. A live broadcast featuring innovative recordings made online by of America’s most acclaimed contemporary music groups, including virtual collaboration with UoSC music students. Hosted by Michael Harley, with guests including conductor Alan Pierson and members of Alarm Will Sound.

Terry and Gyan Riley

Terry and Gyan Riley

Fri., March 19, 2021 - Cancelled
7:30 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business

The legendary composer and one of the founders of musical minimalism, Terry Riley, and his son Gyan, a virtuoso guitarist, form a one-of-a-kind improvisatory duo.  

Thomas Cooper Libarary Fountain

An Idyll for the Misbegotten

Fri., April 16, 2021
6:30pm  Thomas Cooper Library Fountain, UofSC Campus / Livestream

The program’s namesake and emotional center is George Crumb’s An Idyll for the Misbegotten, for flute and percussion. This work, meant to be heard “from afar, over a lake,” is inspired in part by the haunting theme of Debussy’s solo flute piece Syrinx, as flute and mixed percussion instruments evoke “the voice of nature.”

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