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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.

Celebrating 20 years of New Music at Carolina

Southern Exposure’s 20th Anniversary Season captures the elements that have made the series special over the years. It includes innovative, accessible concerts that capture the best of today’s classical music — regardless of style — and features some of contemporary music’s most legendary ensembles (Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars), younger stars (The Westerlies, Founders), and the School of Music’s superb faculty and student performers.

While the series typically programs four free shows per year, and this year is no exception, our 2021-22 season includes a fifth ticketed concert — the preview performance of At War With Ourselves with the Kronos Quartet, November 7 —  and a special Fundraising Celebration at Bourbon Restaurant (6 p.m., Sunday, March 20).


All Southern Exposure concerts are FREE


About the Series

Founded in 2001 by UofSC 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.

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

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

If you prefer to pay by phone, contact CarolineEarp at
803-576-5763. 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

Patrons who reserve seats for the season will receive seating priority in concerts with restricted access, and receive relevant information on a concert-by-concert basis when special reservations are required.

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 reach out to Michael Harley, Southern Exposure New Music Series artistic director.

Upcoming Events

Southern Exposure New Music Series: Kronos Quartet

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: TBD

Southern Exposure: Featuring Founders - Spark Residency Concert

Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: FREE

Southern Exposure: The Westerlies

Friday, Feb. 18, 2022

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Southern Exposure New Music Series: 20th Anniversary Gala Featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars

Thursday, Mar. 24, 2022

Location: Darla Moore School of Business 101 - Johnson Performance Hall

Cost: FREE

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