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2018-2019 USC Symphony Orchestra Season

Scott Weiss, conductor
Pre-concert talks before each concert take place at 6:45 p.m. on the Koger stage.

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 in the Koger Center for the Art.

All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts. Valet parking is available.

Season subscriptions

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

Concert tickets

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General public - $30
Senior citizen / military / USC faculty and staff - $25
Children under 18 and non-USC students with ID - $8
USC Students - free 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 or in the Koger Center lobby immediately prior to the performance.

Purchase tickets

Save internet fees by buying In person at the Koger Box Office, corner of Greene and Park Streets (M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

Opening Night at the Symphony

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin  
Dmitry Kabalevsky - Overture to Colas Breugnon, op. 90
Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64 – with Angelo Xiang Yu 
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

Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Steven Spooner, piano
Johannes Brahms
- Symphony No. 1 in C-minor, op. 68
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73 “Emperor” with Steven Spooner

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

Masterpieces from Paris

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Kelly Cae Hogan, soprano; William Terwilliger, violin; USC Choirs
Francis Poulenc
- Gloria - Hogan, Terwilliger, 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. 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 other UK cities.  

William TerwilligerViolinist William Terwilliger has enjoyed an exceptionally active and diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. As soloist with orchestra, Terwilliger has performed with orchestras on five continents and is currently concertmaster of the Long Bay Symphony in SC. 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

Mozart: Symphony No. 40

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute
Christopher Rouse
- Flute Concerto – with Jennifer Parker-Harley
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.

Coleman Wright, Ben Haimann, Sabrina RaberWinners of the 2018–19 Concerto-Aria Competition

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
2018-2019 Concerto-Aria Competition Winners
The USC Symphony Orchestra is joined by student winners:
Coleman Wright, alto saxophone; Ben Haimann, marimba; Sabrina Raber, flute
- Underneath the Sheen
Ibert - Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone and 11 Instruments
Puts - Marimba Concerto
Griffes - Poem for Flute and Orchestra
Stravinsky - The Firebird Suite

Rachel Calloway


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Maurice Ravel
– Shéhérazade with Rachel Calloway
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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