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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, as well as masterworks of the 20th century.

Announcing Southern Exposure's 2014-15 season!

Brooklyn Rider, string quartet
Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Kartik Seshadri, sitar virtuoso
Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Dolce Suono, flute/cello,/piano/soprano/baritone
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Music and Politics: Louis Andriessen’s “De Staat”
Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m.


 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 at Carolina's Promise: enter your pledge amount and select "School of Music" as your "area to support," then "Southern Exposure" as your designation detail.

If you prefer to pay by phone, contact Leslie Wrenn at 803-576-5897. 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
  • 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.