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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.

Announcing Southern Exposure’s 2022-23 Season!

The Southern Exposure New Music Series’ 21st season celebrates the burgeoning stylistic diversity of the contemporary music scene, with world-class performers playing new pieces by some of the most exciting composers working today. 

The fall begins with major works by two composers closely connected to Columbia: UofSC graduate and Columbia native Andy Akiho and the award winning, Columbia-based composer Meira Warshauer. The season continues with performances by the engaging young quartet Hub New Music and esteemed pianist Awadagin Pratt, before concluding with A Forest Unfolding: Featuring Novelist Richard Powers,  guest artist from the literary world.

All Southern Exposure concerts are FREE.

Support Southern Exposure New Music Series

Patrons may reserve seats and support the Southeast’s most adventurous music series! A gift of $150 secures a seat for the entire 2022-23 season. To purchase online, click here or contact Brad Martin at brad.martin@sc.edu, 803-777-0704.


About the Series

Founded in 2001 by USC 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 $150 or more, you can reserve one seat for the entire Southern Exposure season.  Donate online.

If you prefer to pay by phone, contact Brad Martin at
803-777-0704. 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: Awadagin Pratt Solo Piano

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023

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

Cost: FREE

Southern Exposure New Music Series: "Forest Unfolding"

Friday, Apr. 14, 2023

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: FREE

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