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Southern Exposure New Music Series presents flutist Claire Chase

The upcoming concert takes place on November 15

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.

November's concert takes place on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly Street, 2nd floor). The concert is free  – arrive early for this popular series as seats fill to capacity.

Flutist Claire Chase, a MacArthur “genius,” winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and professor of practice in the Harvard University department of music, has been called “the most important flutist of our time” (The New York Times). Chase launched Density 2036 in 2013, an ambitious, 23-year commissioning project to create an entirely new body of repertoire for flute. Her Southern Exposure show features two works to come out of this initiative: Felipe Lara’s Meditation and Calligraphy, for solo bass flute, and Marcos Balter’s Pan, the program’s centerpiece. The concert concludes with a Q&A session with Chase.

Originally an evening-length work for solo flute, live electronics and a large ensemble made up of amateurs and community members, Pan will be heard on Southern Exposure in the world premiere of a new 45-minute version for solo flute and electronics. The Greek goat-god, guardian of the wilderness, is both a symbol of fecundity and creativity and a cunning, rapacious predator. Balter’s dramatic, staged work that uses the full range of flutes, from pan-flute and piccolo to contrabass, has been called a “meditation on unease” – on ambiguity and the discomfort it brings.

The Program

Felipe Lara - Meditation and Calligraphy (2014)
Marcos Balter - PAN (2017, rev. 2019)

Artist Exposure

This Southern Exposure concert features visual art by Lexington, SC-based mixed media artist Pascale Bilgis in the UofSC Music Library, School of Music building, second floor, during the weeks surrounding the concert.

Public Master Class Nov. 16

Chase is featured in a public master class, sponsored by the SC Flute Society, on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10:00 a.m.–noon in the UofSC School of Music Recital Hall.

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