USC cultural arts calendar


For the 2016-2016 academic year

COLUMBIA — This is the cultural arts calendar for the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of South Carolina.

Drama

Theatre South Carolina — Main Stage

Sept. 30-Oct. 8, “A Midsummer Nights Dream,” by William Shakespeare, Drayton Hall

Nov. 11-19, “Cosi,” Louis Nowra, Longstreet Theatre

Feb. 19-27, “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” Longstreet Theatre

April 14-22, “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell, adapted by Peter Hall, Drayton Hall Theatre

Main Stage productions are $18 for the general public; $16 for university faculty and staff, military and seniors; $12 for students. To purchase by phone, call the box office at 803-777-5122. The box office is in Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Enter from the breezeway off Sumter Street.

Theatre South Carolina — Lab Theatre

The Lab Theatre, located in Booker T. Washington building, is the host of four intimate productions this season.

Oct. 7-12, “Grounded,” by George Brant

Nov. 17-20, “Almost Maine,” by John Cariani

Feb. 23-26, “Outlaw Song,” by Ryan Stevens

April 20-23, “The Bald Soprano, by Eugene Ionesco

Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Arrive early for best seating. Booker T. Washington is at 1400 Wheat St., between Sumter and Pickens streets, across from the Blatt PE Center.

Libraries And Museums

Hollings Special Collections Library

The Hollings Special Collection Library is accessible through the Thomas Cooper Library and is open weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed weekends. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

Nov. 17, Library Society honors author/artist Anita Lobel

April 3-4, Medieval Manuscripts Symposium

McKissick Museum

McKissick Museum tells the story of Southern life — community, culture and the environment. The McKissick Museum is located on the historic Horseshoe and is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The museum is free and open to the public.

Aug. 18-Dec. 10, “From South Carolina to the World: Jimmy Byrnes and Political History at McKissick Museum”

Aug. 1-July 15, “A Compass to Guide: South Carolina Cabinetmakers Today”

Sept. 5-Dec. 17, “Looking Back/Looking Ahead: Columbia’s Sesquicentennial Time Capsule”

Visual Arts

McMaster Gallery

On view this season are several solo exhibitions and an exhibition showcasing guest artists, faculty and students.

Aug. 25-Oct. 6, “Fingerreisen,” featuring art by Elisabeth Pellathy and Lee Somers

Oct. 27-Dec. 8, Solo exhibition featuring Jarod Charzewski

Jan. 12-Feb. 9, “Drawing for Meaning,” an exhibition by selected USC faculty

Feb. 23-March 16, 62nd annual juried student exhibition

March 29, 62nd annual art auction

April 3-May 5, Master of Fine Arts Student Thesis Exhibition

The gallery is in McMaster College, 1615 Senate St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and university holidays.

Literature

Fall Literary Festival

All Fall Literary Festival readings are free to the public.

Oct. 18, William Powers, essayist and global commentator

Oct. 25, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, author, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

Nov. 1, Karen Joy Fowler, author of the “The Jane Austen Book Club”

Readings take place in the Hollings Special Collections Library, which is accessible through the Thomas Cooper Library.

The Open Book

Part book club, part lecture series and part community read, the Open Book Series is a literary event focused on literary value and public accessibility.

March 27, a faculty-led discussion of “The Master” by Colm Tolbin

March 29, a conversation with Colm Tólbín

April 3, a faculty-led discussion of “Euphoria” by Lila King

April 5, a conversation with Lily King

April 10, a faculty-led discussion of “Sonata Mulaticca” by Rita Dove

April 12, a conversation with Rita Dove

April 17, a faculty-led discussion of “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen

April 19, a conversation with Jonathan Franzen (Johnson Concert Hall)

April 24, a faculty-led discussion of “The Tragedy of Arthur” by Arthur Philip

April 20, a conversation with Arthur Phillip

All talks and author appearances are in the Hollings Special Collections Library, which is accessible through the Thomas Cooper Library. A book signing and reception follow each appearance. The Open Book series is free and open to the public.

Dance

USC Dance Company

Since 1976, the USC Dance Company has grown to become a renowned performance dance ensemble, presenting ballet, modern and jazz works as well as innovative dance concerts and contemporary works.

Nov. 10-11, Fall Concert featuring Stravinsky’s “Firebird” ballet, Koger Center

Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Student Choreography Showcase, Drayton Hall Theatre

Feb. 15-18, Spring Concert featuring guest artist Bryan Arias, Drayton Hall Theatre

April 13, Student Choreography Showcase, Koger Center

USC Dance Conservatory

May 19-20, Spring Concert featuring choreography by conservatory faculty, Drayton Hall Theatre

Since 1976, the USC Dance Company has grown to become a renowned performance dance ensemble, presenting ballet, modern and jazz works as well as innovative dance concerts and contemporary works. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $16 for USC employees, military and seniors; and $12 for students.

Tickets for Koger Center performances are available through the box office, 803-777-5112. Charge by phone at 803-251-2222. Tickets for Drayton Hall Theatre performances are available by calling 803-777-2551. The Drayton Hall Theatre box office is open the Monday prior to each Drayton Hall performance. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Music

Southern Exposure New Music Series

Founded in 2001, USC’s Southern Exposure New Music Series has blown the lid off classical music in Columbia, showcasing forward-thinking artists and compositions written in the past 30 years and 20th century masterworks.

Sept. 8, Dueling Guitars: Mark Grgic and Dan Lippel

Oct. 28, Wind Power: Imani Winds

Feb. 16: Brass Attack: SaVaSa Trio

March 24, Percussion Beat-Down

The series is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available for the entire series for a $100 donation per seat.

Freeman Sunday Concert

Featuring the university’s music faculty performing a diverse repertoire, this popular chamber music series has raised scholarship money for more than 20 years.

Sept. 4, performance features works by Brahms, Beethoven and Monk

Oct. 2, performance features works by Randall Thompson, Astor Piazzolla, and Andrea Clearfield

Feb. 5, performance features works by Mozart and Mark Ford

March 19, performance features works by Schubert, Man Fang and Walter Rabi

April 2, performance features works by Dvořák, and Man Fang

Concerts are in the School of Music recital hall. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, USC faculty and staff; and $5 for students.

Parker Quartet

The Grammy-winning Parker Quartet is in residence at the School of Music again this year. The ensemble, which the New York Times praises as “something extraordinary,” will perform and present master classes in October and March.

Nov. 3, concert, Johnson Concert Hall, Moore School, ticketed event

Nov. 6, family concert, Johnson Concert Hall, Moore School, free

April 6, concert, Johnson Concert Hall, Moore School, ticketed event

April 9, family concert, Johnson Concert Hall, Moore School, free

Ticketed performances are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, USC faculty and staff, and military; $5 for students. The public is invited to observe master classes.

USC Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Donald Portnoy leads USC Symphony Orchestra in seven dynamic performances at the Koger Center for the Arts this season. Repertoire includes works from Gershwin, Porter and Ellington to Prokofiev, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

Sept. 13, “The Russian Romantics,” guest pianist Marina Lomazov, School of Music faculty

Oct. 18, “John Williams Blockbuster,” guest saxophonist Clifford Leaman, School of Music faculty

Nov. 15, “Hanson and Shostaovich,” Sandy Cameron, guest violinist

Jan. 19, Maestro Portnoy and Friends

Feb. 21, “Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody,” guest pianist Joyce Yang

March 21, “Dvorak and the Historic Cello of Pablo Casals,” Amit Peled, guest cellist

April 18, “Grand Finale: The Spirit of Romanticism,” guest violinist Vadim Gluzman

All USC Symphony Orchestra performances are in the Koger Center for the Arts. Tickets are $30 for the general public and senior citizens; $25 for USC faculty and staff; $8 for students. To purchase tickets contact Capitol Tickets by phone at 803-251-2222, online at http://www.capitoltickets.com or in person at the Koger Box Office at Greene and Park streets.

Opera at USC

This season Opera at USC presents two fully staged productions and an evening of one-act operas.

Nov. 4-6, “Sunday in the Park with George,” by Sondheim, Drayton Hall

Feb. 24-26, “Later the Same Evening,” by Musto, Drayton Hall

April 15,16 “The Impresario,” by Mozart and “Bon Appetit!” by Hoiby, School of Music recital hall

Tickets are $25 for general admission; $20 for seniors, USC faculty/staff, military; $7 for students. Season tickets are $45 for adult; $30 for seniors, USC faculty and staff and military.

Choral

Vocal music abounds at Carolina. From the prestigious Concert Choir, to jazzy Carolina Alive to the uplifting USC Gospel Choir, singing is a joyful noise on campus. Here’s a list of select concerts.

Oct. 6, USC Concert Choir and University Chorus, Main Street United Methodist Church

Nov. 13, USC Gospel Choir host Festival of Spirituals, location TBA

Nov. 14, USC Men’s and Women’s Chorus Concert, location TBA

Dec. 2, USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert, First Presbyterian Church

Dec. 4, USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert, Shandon United Methodist Church

Feb. 2, USC Concert Choir and University Chorus, Main Street United Methodist Church

Feb. 26, USC Gospel Choir, location TBA

March 2, University Chorus, First Thursday on Main event

Jazz

The music of Miles, Coltrane, Goodman and many others take center stage as jazz ensembles of all sizes — big bands to small combos — perform “America’s Classical Music” throughout the year. All concerts are free.

Nov. 3, USC Jazz Combos, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School

Nov. 10, Swing Shift Jazz Band, School of Music

Nov. 16, Carolina Alive Vocal Jazz Ensemble, School of Music

Nov. 17, USC Jazz Combos, School of Music

March 23, USC Jazz Faculty Recital, School of Music

April 4, USC Jazz Combos, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School

April 11, USC Left Bank Jazz Band, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School

April 13, Swing Shift Jazz Band, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School

April 19, Carolina Alive Vocal Jazz Ensemble, School of Music

April 24, USC Jazz Combos, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School

USC Wind Ensembles

The university best wind and percussion players present a wide repertoire under the direction of conductor Scott Weiss. The performances are free.

Sept. 25, USC Wind Ensemble, Koger Center for the Arts

Oct. 9, USC Symphonic Winds, Koger Center for the Arts

Oct. 23, USC Wind Ensemble, Koger Center for the Arts

Nov. 21, USC Symphonic Winds, Koger Center for the Arts

Dec. 1, USC Wind Ensemble, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School

Feb. 1, USC Wind Ensemble, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School

March 30, USC Wind Ensemble, Koger Center for the Arts

April 10, USC Symphonic Winds, Koger Center for the Arts

April 23, USC Wind Ensemble, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School

Special Events

April 14, Ballet Stars of New York and Gala returns to the Koger Center stage, featuring principal dancers from the legendary New York City Ballet performing with the USC Dance Company.

June 7-12, The SAVVY Musician in Action is an immersive, experiential laboratory designed to help musicians, performing artists, educators and administrators generate more income and impact.

June 18-25, Southeastern Piano Festival is high level competition, training academy and music festival showcasing world-renowned performers, rising stars and the nation’s best teenage players.

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