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Southern Exposure New Music Series presents a season of firsts

TwoSense launches the season on October 11

Southern Exposure’s 2013-14 season is a season of firsts: world premieres by internationally-acclaimed composers; the innaugural “composer portrait” concert – music exclusively by series founder John Fitz Rogers; the Southeast’s debut performance by superstar cello and piano duo TwoSense; the series’ first all-choral concert featuring the superb chamber choir from Columbia’s Trinity Cathedral; and the South Carolina premiere of the pioneering indy-classical sextet, yMusic, hailed by NPR’s Fred Childs as “one of the groups that has really helped shape the future of classical music.”

Join us for the first concert of the season on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall at 813 Assembly Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201. The ferocious duo TwoSense, praised in the New York Times for their “imaginative phrasing” and “fresh approach and taste for variety,” comes to Columbia – and the Southeast – for the first time.

TwoSense is cellist Ashley Bathgate, the newest member of the venerated chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars, and pianist Lisa Moore, formerly of Bang on a Can and one of the leading figures in contemporary music for decades. Their eclectic program includes Martin Bresnick’s intense, mercurial “Prayers Remain Forever” and the evocative, slowly shifting harmonies of Kate Moore’s “Velvet,” which achieves the lyrical and emotional force of a power ballad (both works were written for the duo in 2011). A highlight of the show will be the world premieres of brand-new works by Jack Perla and Paul Dresher, both eclectic composers/performers/polymaths based on the west coast.

This innovative series, winner of ASCAP’s 2007 Award for Adventurous Programming, spans the depth and breadth of classical music today, presenting performances of uncompromising quality with something for every artistic taste in every concert.

Concerts are free but are often standing room only.

For a donation of $100 or more, patrons may reserve one seat for the entire Southern Exposure season.

See season details and how to reserve your seat.