The Southern Exposure New Music Series’ 19th season is about making connections: between
humans and the natural world, the present and the past, one of today’s foremost ensembles
and UofSC students and faculty, and a father and son.
Of course, every Southern Exposure concert is about connecting with our audience and
the Columbia region as well. We believe in the magic and sense of community that only
in-person concerts can provide, and that they can be presented safely in the COVID
era. In addition, technology allows musicians and audiences to connect virtually in
new and meaningful ways.
All Southern Exposure concerts are FREE
The safety of our audience and performers is paramount, and will be ensured through
outdoor performances, social distancing, mandatory masks, and limited audience sizes.
Season patrons receive seating priority.
Ten Thousand Birds
Sat., Oct. 3, 6:00 p.m.
UofSC campus, Historic Horseshoe
By John Luther Adams, developed by Alan Pierson. A celebration of the music of the
natural world and our relationship to it, by one of America’s foremost living composers.
Performed by UofSC students, staged and directed by Michael Harley.
Glory: Musical Tribute to Richard Greener
Sun., Nov. 1, 2020
3:00 p.m. Russell House Patio Stage
Works by Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott. UofSC wind and string faculty bring the ever-relevant
words and ideas of the university’s first African American professor to life again
in a special outdoor concert.
Alarm Will Sound: Video Chat Variations
Fri., Feb. 19, 2021
7:30 p.m. Livestream
Music by John Fitz Rogers, Meredith Monk, Tyshawn Sorey and others. A live broadcast
featuring innovative recordings made online by of America’s most acclaimed contemporary
music groups, including virtual collaboration with UoSC music students. Hosted by
Michael Harley, with guests including conductor Alan Pierson and members of Alarm
Terry and Gyan Riley
Fri., March 19, 2021 - Cancelled
7:30 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business
The legendary composer and one of the founders of musical minimalism, Terry Riley,
and his son Gyan, a virtuoso guitarist, form a one-of-a-kind improvisatory duo.
An Idyll for the Misbegotten
Fri., April 16, 2021
6:30pm Thomas Cooper Library Fountain, UofSC Campus / Livestream
The program’s namesake and emotional center is George Crumb’s An Idyll for the Misbegotten,
for flute and percussion. This work, meant to be heard “from afar, over a lake,” is
inspired in part by the haunting theme of Debussy’s solo flute piece Syrinx, as flute
and mixed percussion instruments evoke “the voice of nature.”