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USC Symphony Orchestra Announces Dazzling 2018–2019 Season

Season subscriptions on sale now

The USC Symphony Orchestra announces its 2018-2019 season, showcasing the extraordinary musical talent in the USC School of Music. Join us for what promises to be a dazzling season of orchestral music.

Led by conductor Scott Weiss, the USC Symphony Orchestra is the premier orchestra in the USC School of Music and one of the leading ensembles in the Southeast. The orchestra’s repertoire spans five centuries of music, including cutting edge contemporary works.

All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts. Valet parking is available. Preceding each concert are pre-concert talks at 6:45 p.m. on the Koger stage. 


Concerts are free for USC students with student ID (must be picked up from the Koger Box Office, corner of Park and Greene, before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance).

Save with a season subscription (6 concerts) and enjoy the best seats in the house: $150.
Discounts: $110 seniors/military/USC faculty and staff; $45 students. Season subscriptions and discounted tickets must be purchased by phone or in person at the Koger Box Office.

Individual concert tickets go on sale August 1.
General public $30; seniors/military/USC faculty and staff $25; children under 18 and non-USC students with ID $8

Call 803-251-2222, in person at Koger Box Office, corner of Greene and Park Streets (M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or online at

The Season


Angelo Xiang Yu, violinTuesday, September 25, 2018
Dmitry Kabelevsky - Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 90
Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 – with Angelo Xiang Yu, violin  
Sir Edward Elgar - Variations on an Original Theme, “Enigma” Op. 36
Winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2010, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu's astonishing technique, exquisite tone, and exceptional musical maturity have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide.

Steven Spooner, pianoThursday, November 1, 2018
Igor Stravinsky - Pulcinella Suite
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor” - with Steven Spooner, piano
At the very fore of American pianists, critics and audiences have unanimously hailed the distinctive and compelling performances of pianist Steven Spooner. Passionately devoted to the recital as a platform for innovation, he has been engaged and often re-engaged at prestigious venues such as the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Shanghai Concert Hall, Budapest’s Great Hall of the Liszt Academy, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Rome’s Santa Cecilia, and Singapore’s Esplanade.

Kelly Cae Hogan, sopranoWilliam Terwilliger, violinTuesday, December 4, 2018
Francis Poulenc - Gloria - Kelly Cae Hogan, soprano; William Terwilliger, violin; USC Choirs
Amédée-Ernest Chausson - Poème, Op. 25
Maurice Ravel - Daphnis and Chloé, Suite No. 2

Having recently made her London debut as Brünnhilde, American soprano, Kelly Cae Hogan is attracting international attention for her dramatic portrayals in Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini. Ms. Hogan sang Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Ring Cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for Opera North at the Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as on tour in several other UK cities. 
Violinist William Terwilliger has enjoyed an exceptionally active and diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. As soloist with orchestra, Mr. Terwilliger has performed with orchestras on five continents, Currently concertmaster of the Long Bay Symphony in South Carolina, he has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, and served as concertmaster of the Boulder (Colorado) Bach Festival Orchestra.

Jennifer Parker-Harley, fluteThursday, February 21, 2019
Christopher Rouse - Flute Concerto – with Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute
Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
An active recitalist, and prizewinner in several national competitions, including the 1998 and 2001 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competitions, Jennifer Parker-Harley appears as a frequent performer at the NFA’s annual convention and in schools and music series across the country.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
2018-2019 Concerto-Aria Competition Winners
Program and Competition Winners TBA

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-sopranoTuesday, April 23, 2019
Maurice Ravel – Shéhérazade – with Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, Op. 35
As an internationally recognized leading interpreter of contemporary and modern music, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway brings versatility and compelling insight to stages worldwide. Her work has been praised by the New York Times for “penetrating clarity” and “considerable depth of expression” and by Opera News for her “adept musicianship and dramatic flair.”

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