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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.


2021-2022 Season

All Southern Exposure concerts are FREE

Nov. 4-7
Kronos Quartet - concert Nov. 7 (Sunday)
David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, Sunny Yang
Composer Michael Abels
Conductor Valerie Sainte-Agathe
Kronos Perorming Arts Association director Janet Cowperthwaite

January 24-28
Founders - Spark residency, concert on Jan 28 (Friday)
Ben Russell, violin, vocals, songwriting
Brandon Ridenour, trumpet, songwriting
Hamilton Berry, cello
Yoonah Kim, clarinet
Greg Chudzik, bass
Five of the most well-rounded, active, accomplished musicians in the NY scene

February 17-18
 The Westerlies - concert Feb. 18 (Friday)
Riley Mulherkar & Chloe Rowlands, trumpet
Andy Clausen & Willem de Koch, trombone
Note: this group could be of real interest to jazz as well as classical faculty; writing and arranging ...

March 23-24
Bang on a Can All-Stars - concert March 24 (Thursday)
Mark Stewart, guitars and homemade instruments — a true genius / original, Paul Simon’s music director and lead guitar for many years
Ken Thomson, clarinets, saxophone
Vicky Chow, piano
Robert Black, bass
David Cossin, percussion
Note: also of interest to jazz, rock/pop, music industry, community engagement, children’s concerts...

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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 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

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: Michael Harley, Southern Exposure New Music Series artistic director.

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