COLUMBIA — This is the cultural arts calendar for the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of South Carolina.
Theatre South Carolina — Main Stage
Sept. 30-Oct. 8, “A Midsummer Nights Dream,” by William Shakespeare, Drayton Hall
Nov. 11-19, “Cosi,” Louis Nowra, Longstreet Theatre
Feb. 19-27, “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” Longstreet Theatre
April 14-22, “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell, adapted by Peter Hall, Drayton Hall Theatre
Main Stage productions are $18 for the general public; $16 for university faculty and staff, military and seniors; $12 for students. To purchase by phone, call the box office at 803-777-5122. The box office is in Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Enter from the breezeway off Sumter Street.
Theatre South Carolina — Lab Theatre
The Lab Theatre, located in Booker T. Washington building, is the host of four intimate productions this season.
Oct. 7-12, “Grounded,” by George Brant
Nov. 17-20, “Almost Maine,” by John Cariani
Feb. 23-26, “Outlaw Song,” by Ryan Stevens
April 20-23, “The Bald Soprano, by Eugene Ionesco
Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Arrive early for best seating. Booker T. Washington is at 1400 Wheat St., between Sumter and Pickens streets, across from the Blatt PE Center.
Libraries And Museums
Hollings Special Collections Library
The Hollings Special Collection Library is accessible through the Thomas Cooper Library and is open weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed weekends. Exhibits are free and open to the public.
Nov. 17, Library Society honors author/artist Anita Lobel
April 3-4, Medieval Manuscripts Symposium
McKissick Museum tells the story of Southern life — community, culture and the environment. The McKissick Museum is located on the historic Horseshoe and is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The museum is free and open to the public.
Aug. 18-Dec. 10, “From South Carolina to the World: Jimmy Byrnes and Political History at McKissick Museum”
Aug. 1-July 15, “A Compass to Guide: South Carolina Cabinetmakers Today”
Sept. 5-Dec. 17, “Looking Back/Looking Ahead: Columbia’s Sesquicentennial Time Capsule”
On view this season are several solo exhibitions and an exhibition showcasing guest artists, faculty and students.
Aug. 25-Oct. 6, “Fingerreisen,” featuring art by Elisabeth Pellathy and Lee Somers
Oct. 27-Dec. 8, Solo exhibition featuring Jarod Charzewski
Jan. 12-Feb. 9, “Drawing for Meaning,” an exhibition by selected USC faculty
Feb. 23-March 16, 62nd annual juried student exhibition
March 29, 62nd annual art auction
April 3-May 5, Master of Fine Arts Student Thesis Exhibition
The gallery is in McMaster College, 1615 Senate St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and university holidays.
Fall Literary Festival
All Fall Literary Festival readings are free to the public.
Oct. 18, William Powers, essayist and global commentator
Oct. 25, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, author, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award
Nov. 1, Karen Joy Fowler, author of the “The Jane Austen Book Club”
Readings take place in the Hollings Special Collections Library, which is accessible through the Thomas Cooper Library.
The Open Book
Part book club, part lecture series and part community read, the Open Book Series is a literary event focused on literary value and public accessibility.
March 27, a faculty-led discussion of “The Master” by Colm Tolbin
March 29, a conversation with Colm Tólbín
April 3, a faculty-led discussion of “Euphoria” by Lila King
April 5, a conversation with Lily King
April 10, a faculty-led discussion of “Sonata Mulaticca” by Rita Dove
April 12, a conversation with Rita Dove
April 17, a faculty-led discussion of “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen
April 19, a conversation with Jonathan Franzen (Johnson Concert Hall)
April 24, a faculty-led discussion of “The Tragedy of Arthur” by Arthur Philip
April 20, a conversation with Arthur Phillip
All talks and author appearances are in the Hollings Special Collections Library, which is accessible through the Thomas Cooper Library. A book signing and reception follow each appearance. The Open Book series is free and open to the public.
USC Dance Company
Since 1976, the USC Dance Company has grown to become a renowned performance dance ensemble, presenting ballet, modern and jazz works as well as innovative dance concerts and contemporary works.
Nov. 10-11, Fall Concert featuring Stravinsky’s “Firebird” ballet, Koger Center
Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Student Choreography Showcase, Drayton Hall Theatre
Feb. 15-18, Spring Concert featuring guest artist Bryan Arias, Drayton Hall Theatre
April 13, Student Choreography Showcase, Koger Center
USC Dance Conservatory
May 19-20, Spring Concert featuring choreography by conservatory faculty, Drayton Hall Theatre
Since 1976, the USC Dance Company has grown to become a renowned performance dance ensemble, presenting ballet, modern and jazz works as well as innovative dance concerts and contemporary works. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $16 for USC employees, military and seniors; and $12 for students.
Tickets for Koger Center performances are available through the box office, 803-777-5112. Charge by phone at 803-251-2222. Tickets for Drayton Hall Theatre performances are available by calling 803-777-2551. The Drayton Hall Theatre box office is open the Monday prior to each Drayton Hall performance. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Southern Exposure New Music Series
Founded in 2001, USC’s Southern Exposure New Music Series has blown the lid off classical music in Columbia, showcasing forward-thinking artists and compositions written in the past 30 years and 20th century masterworks.
Sept. 8, Dueling Guitars: Mark Grgic and Dan Lippel
Oct. 28, Wind Power: Imani Winds
Feb. 16: Brass Attack: SaVaSa Trio
March 24, Percussion Beat-Down
The series is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available for the entire series for a $100 donation per seat.
Freeman Sunday Concert
Featuring the university’s music faculty performing a diverse repertoire, this popular chamber music series has raised scholarship money for more than 20 years.
Sept. 4, performance features works by Brahms, Beethoven and Monk
Oct. 2, performance features works by Randall Thompson, Astor Piazzolla, and Andrea Clearfield
Feb. 5, performance features works by Mozart and Mark Ford
March 19, performance features works by Schubert, Man Fang and Walter Rabi
April 2, performance features works by Dvořák, and Man Fang
Concerts are in the School of Music recital hall. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, USC faculty and staff; and $5 for students.
The Grammy-winning Parker Quartet is in residence at the School of Music again this year. The ensemble, which the New York Times praises as “something extraordinary,” will perform and present master classes in October and March.
Nov. 3, concert, Johnson Concert Hall, Moore School, ticketed event
Nov. 6, family concert, Johnson Concert Hall, Moore School, free
April 6, concert, Johnson Concert Hall, Moore School, ticketed event
April 9, family concert, Johnson Concert Hall, Moore School, free
Ticketed performances are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, USC faculty and staff, and military; $5 for students. The public is invited to observe master classes.
USC Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Donald Portnoy leads USC Symphony Orchestra in seven dynamic performances at the Koger Center for the Arts this season. Repertoire includes works from Gershwin, Porter and Ellington to Prokofiev, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.
Sept. 13, “The Russian Romantics,” guest pianist Marina Lomazov, School of Music faculty
Oct. 18, “John Williams Blockbuster,” guest saxophonist Clifford Leaman, School of Music faculty
Nov. 15, “Hanson and Shostaovich,” Sandy Cameron, guest violinist
Jan. 19, Maestro Portnoy and Friends
Feb. 21, “Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody,” guest pianist Joyce Yang
March 21, “Dvorak and the Historic Cello of Pablo Casals,” Amit Peled, guest cellist
April 18, “Grand Finale: The Spirit of Romanticism,” guest violinist Vadim Gluzman
All USC Symphony Orchestra performances are in the Koger Center for the Arts. Tickets are $30 for the general public and senior citizens; $25 for USC faculty and staff; $8 for students. To purchase tickets contact Capitol Tickets by phone at 803-251-2222, online at http://www.capitoltickets.com or in person at the Koger Box Office at Greene and Park streets.
Opera at USC
This season Opera at USC presents two fully staged productions and an evening of one-act operas.
Nov. 4-6, “Sunday in the Park with George,” by Sondheim, Drayton Hall
Feb. 24-26, “Later the Same Evening,” by Musto, Drayton Hall
April 15,16 “The Impresario,” by Mozart and “Bon Appetit!” by Hoiby, School of Music recital hall
Tickets are $25 for general admission; $20 for seniors, USC faculty/staff, military; $7 for students. Season tickets are $45 for adult; $30 for seniors, USC faculty and staff and military.
Vocal music abounds at Carolina. From the prestigious Concert Choir, to jazzy Carolina Alive to the uplifting USC Gospel Choir, singing is a joyful noise on campus. Here’s a list of select concerts.
Oct. 6, USC Concert Choir and University Chorus, Main Street United Methodist Church
Nov. 13, USC Gospel Choir host Festival of Spirituals, location TBA
Nov. 14, USC Men’s and Women’s Chorus Concert, location TBA
Dec. 2, USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert, First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 4, USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert, Shandon United Methodist Church
Feb. 2, USC Concert Choir and University Chorus, Main Street United Methodist Church
Feb. 26, USC Gospel Choir, location TBA
March 2, University Chorus, First Thursday on Main event
The music of Miles, Coltrane, Goodman and many others take center stage as jazz ensembles of all sizes — big bands to small combos — perform “America’s Classical Music” throughout the year. All concerts are free.
Nov. 3, USC Jazz Combos, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School
Nov. 10, Swing Shift Jazz Band, School of Music
Nov. 16, Carolina Alive Vocal Jazz Ensemble, School of Music
Nov. 17, USC Jazz Combos, School of Music
March 23, USC Jazz Faculty Recital, School of Music
April 4, USC Jazz Combos, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School
April 11, USC Left Bank Jazz Band, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School
April 13, Swing Shift Jazz Band, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School
April 19, Carolina Alive Vocal Jazz Ensemble, School of Music
April 24, USC Jazz Combos, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School
USC Wind Ensembles
The university best wind and percussion players present a wide repertoire under the direction of conductor Scott Weiss. The performances are free.
Sept. 25, USC Wind Ensemble, Koger Center for the Arts
Oct. 9, USC Symphonic Winds, Koger Center for the Arts
Oct. 23, USC Wind Ensemble, Koger Center for the Arts
Nov. 21, USC Symphonic Winds, Koger Center for the Arts
Dec. 1, USC Wind Ensemble, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School
Feb. 1, USC Wind Ensemble, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School
March 30, USC Wind Ensemble, Koger Center for the Arts
April 10, USC Symphonic Winds, Koger Center for the Arts
April 23, USC Wind Ensemble, Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School
April 14, Ballet Stars of New York and Gala returns to the Koger Center stage, featuring principal dancers from the legendary New York City Ballet performing with the USC Dance Company.
June 7-12, The SAVVY Musician in Action is an immersive, experiential laboratory designed to help musicians, performing artists, educators and administrators generate more income and impact.
June 18-25, Southeastern Piano Festival is high level competition, training academy and music festival showcasing world-renowned performers, rising stars and the nation’s best teenage players.