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Southern Exposure New Music Series

The Southern Exposure New Music Series is devoted to exploring the rich variety of contemporary classical and world music written in the past 30 years and masterworks of the 20th century.

2016–2017 Season

A Stylistic and Instrumental Smorgasbord
Our 2016-17 season features concerts by four distinct instrument families in turn – fretted strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion – in programs designed for maximum exploration of the sonic and stylistic possibilities of each instrument.

All shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St., Columbia SC. Season details here.

Dueling Guitars: FretX Duo (Mak Grgic and Dan Lippel)

Thu., Sept. 8, 2016

Wind Power: Imani Winds

Fri., Oct. 28, 2016

Brass Attack: SaVaSa Trio

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

Third Coast Percussion

Fri., March 24, 2017


Founded in 2001 by USC associate professor of composition and composer John Fitz Rogers, the nonprofit series has grown steadily and attracts standing-room-only crowds from throughout South Carolina and neighboring states.

The series has achieved a national reputation for the quality and adventurous spirit of its four yearly concerts, unparalleled in the southeast for their mix of artistic quality, audience education and cutting-edge programming.

Award for Adventurous Programming

Southern Exposure was awarded a 2007 Chamber Music America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in its 2005-2006 season.

Reserve a seat

These free concerts are often standing room only and early arrival is suggested for seating. For a donation of $100 or more, patrons may reserve one seat for the entire Southern Exposure season. Donate online.

If you prefer to pay by phone, contact Polly Lafitte at 803-777-4337. You can also mail a check payable to "Southern Exposure New Music Series" to:
Southern Exposure New Music Series
School of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208

Premiere performances

Groups and artists of international repute who have made their Columbia and South Carolina premiere performances in a Southern Exposure concert include:

  • So Percussion
  • Brooklyn Rider
  • Karel Dohnal
  • Argento Chamber Ensemble
  • Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg
  • International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
  • Alarm Will Sound
  • Imani Winds
  • Los Angeles Piano Quartet
  • Music from Copland House
  • Calder and JACK string quartets
  • Matt Haimovitz, internationally renowned cellist
  • Kartik Seshadri, sitar virtuoso
  • Lisa Moore, esteemed New York-based pianist
  • Gamelan Galak Tika

For more information: Michael Harley, Southern Exposure New Music Series artistic director.