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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.

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Each month, 21st Century Musician guest curators call out innovative people, organizations and projects advancing the art form. Southern Exposure is the winner of 21CM’s Pop Picks in February 2015 and is in the running to be named POP Icon for 2015.

Announcing Southern Exposure's 2015-16 season

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At a Glance:

Fri., Aug. 28, 2015
Classical Discrimination: Argento Chamber Ensemble

Fri., Oct. 2, 2015
Apparition: soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Jacob Greenburg

Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
Exposed Wiring V with C Street Brass, Cameron Britt, Sharon Harms, Kenneth Meyer, USC faculty

Fri., April 1, 2016
Transforming the Concert Experience: clarinetist Karel Dohnal and percussion/video duo Peter Ferry and Xuan

Thurs., April 14, 2016
Indie Grits Collaboration: The Indie Grits / Southern Exposure spring show will be the multiple Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird, in an outdoor concert along the river. Indie Grits is commissioning filmmakers to create films accompanying eighth blackbird’s performance for the occasion.

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
  • 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.

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