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2012-2013 Cultural Arts Calendar

The Southern Exposure New Music Series--- This Southern Exposure Series won the Chamber Music America/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for Adventurous Programming in 2007. Early arrival is suggested for seating for this popular program. A donation of $100 or more, reserves one seat for the entire 2012-2013 Southern Exposure season.

Concerts are in the School of Music recital hall at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 28 --- Percussion All-Star concert. Featuring the Meehan/Perkins Duo, Stuart Gerber, Greg Stuart,Tim Feeny, Nick Dennies, Scott Herring and the USC Percussion Studio. Atlanta-based Gerber to perform “Heaven's Door,” a piece written for him by German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, a centerpiece of the concert. This theatrical piece involves Gerber using as an instrument, a specially made giant door that stands more than 9 feet tall. 

Oct. 26 --- Arnold Schoenberg’s melodrama “Pierrot Lunaire,” a joint Southern Exposure and Chamber Innovista production featuring Janet Hopkins, USC mezzo-soprano performing in sprechstimme, (a cross between singing and speaking) and conducted by Morihiko Nakahara of the South Carolina Philharmonic. The concert includes a lecture by theory professor Daniel Jenkins, a Schoenberg scholar.  “Moonstruck Pierrot” is one of the defining and most controversial masterworks of the 20th century. This performance, to be performed on the 100th anniversary of the show’s premiere, is an example of the angst-filled German artistic movement called Expressionism, with major themes including love, religion, blasphemy, blood, insanity, violence and death. 

Feb. 22 --- Polygraph Lounge with Melissa Fathman,Mark Stewart, guitar, Rob Schwimmer, piano and theremin, and Melissa Fathman, soprano.Stewart is best known for being Paul Simon’s lead guitarist since 1998, a member of Steve Reich and Musicians and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Stewart plays multiple non-western instruments and invented instruments out of pvc pipe. Schwimmer and Fathman are his partners in a musical/comedy group called Polygraph Lounge. Schwimmer will play a theremin, the odd electronic instrument played on the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” and many B-movie horror flicks.

April 12 -13 --- Phillip Bush leads USC students in Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians.” Phillip Bush was a member of the Grammy-award winning ensemble Steve Reich and Musicians. Bush will be rehearsing and coaching the piece with some of USC's students throughout the year and performing with them in the concert. The performance includes a pre-concert discussion of the work.

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