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Freeman Sunday Concerts

Freeman Sunday Concerts

These Sunday concerts feature the university’s renowned music faculty in fresh and vibrant chamber music programs that pair canonic masterpieces alongside brand new works.

You can enjoy concerts by USC’s renowned music faculty throughout the academic year. A revamped series merges two popular programs, Cornelia Freeman Concert Series and Chamber Innovista, to present chamber concerts rich in variety.

Dubbed “Freeman Sundays @ 3,” the series features Carolina’s acclaimed music faculty in fresh and vibrant chamber music programs that pair established masterpieces alongside brand new works. Named for philanthropist Cornelia Freeman, the concerts raise scholarship money for gifted music students.

The five concerts take place from September to April. All concerts are held in the USC School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly St., Columbia, SC) on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.


Single concerts: $15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students.

Save with the series: $50 adults; $40 seniors, USC faculty and staff. Reserved seating for this popular concert series is an additional $100 per series.

Purchase tickets online, call 803-777-4280, or at the door.

2017-2018 Concerts


September 10, 2017

"I burn, I freeze" from The Rake's Progress - Igor Stravinsky
"News, News" from Nixon in China -  John Adams (b. 1947)
A Great Lament - Albert Hay Malotte
Donald Gray, baritone
Sharon Rattray, piano

Dirt Road (selections)- Linda Catlin Smith (b. 1957)
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Greg Stuart, percussion

Quintet in E-flat Major, K.452 - Wolfgang A. Mozart
1.    Largo – Allegro Moderato
2.    Largo
3.    Allegretto
Rebecca Nagel, oboe
Joseph Eller, clarinet
Michael Harley, bassoon
JD Shaw, horn
Phillip Bush, piano

October 1, 2017

5 Songs - Sergei Taneyev
I. Люди спят (Everyone’s asleep)
II. Не ветер (Not the wind)
III. В годину утраты (In the year of loss)
IV. Леса дремучие (The dark woods)
V. В горах Шотландии (In the Scottish mountains)
Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano
Jacob Will, bass-baritone
Lynn Kompass, piano

Lament - Fang Man (b. 1980)
Michael Harley, bassoon

Trio in A minor for Piano, Clarinet and Violoncello, Op. 114 - Johannes Brahms
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Andantino grazioso
IV. Allegro
Charles Fugo, piano
Joseph Eller, clarinet
Robert Jesselson, cello

November 19, 2017

Partita in D minor, BWV 1004 - J.S. Bach (Arr. Segovia-Busoni)
V. Chaconne
Christopher Berg, guitar

Duo Sonata for Bb Clarinet and Alto Saxophone - Gregory Wanamaker (b. 1968)
I. Departure
II. Elegy
III. Scherzo
IV. Arrival (Blues)
Joseph Eller, clarinet
Clifford Leaman, alto saxophone

Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 - Johannes Brahms
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo
III. Andante
IV. Finale: Allegro comodo
Marina Lomazov, piano
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Daniel Sweaney, viola
Robert Jesselson, cello

February 4, 2018

Concert Duo - Edgar Meyer (b. 1960)
Movement 1
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Craig Butterfield, double bass

Chansons Madécasses - Maurice Ravel
I. Nahadove
II. Aoua
III. Il est doux
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute
Robert Jesselson, cello,
Lynn Kompass, piano

String Quartet in C minor Op. 51 No. 1 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
I. Allegro
II. Romanze: Poco Adagio
III. Allegretto molto Moderato e Comodo – un poco piu Animato
IV. Finale: Allegro
William Terwilliger, violin
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Daniel Sweaney, viola,
Robert Jesselson, cello

March 25, 2018

Astronomically Speaking - Joe W. Moore III (b. 1986)
I. Resonance
II. Parallax
Scott Herring, percussion
Clifford Leaman, saxophone

Two Tangos – Astor Piazzolla
Marina Lomazov, piano
Joseph Rackers, piano