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School of Music Announces New Freeman Sunday Concerts

Sunday afternoon concerts highlight the depth and breadth of Carolina’s music faculty

You can enjoy concerts by USC’s renowned music faculty throughout the academic year. A revamped series merges two popular programs, Cornelia Freeman Concert Series and Chamber Innovista, to present chamber concerts rich in variety.

Dubbed “Freeman Sundays @ 3,” the series features Carolina’s acclaimed music faculty in fresh and vibrant chamber music programs that pair established masterpieces alongside brand new works. Named for philanthropist Cornelia Freeman, the concerts raise scholarship money for gifted music students.

The five concerts take place from September to April. All concerts are held in the USC School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly St., Columbia, SC) on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. 

The series opens on Sunday, September 4 with “The Soloists,” featuring works by masters Brahms and Beethoven, and less-known composers Hugo Wolf and Guillaume de Machaut. This concert also presents arrangements for Jazz Sextet by Bert Ligon and Thelonious Monk. The September concert introduces the School of Music’s newest faculty members Ari Streisfeld, violin, and Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano. They perform an arrangement by Streisfeld of Two Ballades by Guillaume de Machaut. Pianist Joseph Rackers plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, Op. 109, and Donald Gray, baritone, and Sharon Rattray, piano, perform Brahms’ Four Songs from Op. 32 and Wolf’s Abschied.

Tickets now on sale

Single concerts: $15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students. Series tickets: $50 adults; $40 seniors, USC faculty and staff. Reserved seating for this popular concert series is an additional $100 per series.
Purchase tickets online, call 803-576-5763 or at the door.

Sept. 4, 2016 – The Soloists

Four Songs from Op. 32 - Johannes Brahms
Abschied - Hugo Wolf
   Donald Gray, baritone; Sharon Rattray, piano
Two Ballades (arr. Ari Streisfeld) - Guillaume de Machaut
   Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano; Ari Streisfeld, violin
Piano Sonata, Op. 109 - Ludwig van Beethoven
   Joseph Rackers, piano
Original Arrangements for Jazz Sextet - Bert Ligon and Thelonious Monk
   Bert Ligon and Friends

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