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As a response to the challenges we face together during times of a public health and social justice crisis, we commit to actively sharing music with a wider cross-section of society, transcending the traditional concert hall, aiming to repair, strengthen and unite the communities in which we live.


Fri., Oct. 30
11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. in front of Russell House

Play Your Part - VOTE!

Be a part of the great American song of Democracy! Join School of Music musicians on Greene Street in front of the Russell House for pop-up concerts throughout the day celebrating the right to let our voices be heard. Enjoy the music. Play your part. Vote!

Sun., Nov. 1
3 p.m. Russell House Patio Stage

Musical Tribute to Richard Greener as part of Southern Exposure series

Season patrons receive registration priority
Free / limited audience / reservations required
Sign-up link for tickets here. (limit 2 per person)
The audience will be required to wear face coverings.
The performance will be live-streamed at the School of Music channel.

In a bridge connecting the university and nation’s present with its past — and a clear-eyed look at racial injustices that are still perpetuated today — UofSC music faculty perform works commissioned for the 2018 unveiling of the Cooper Library statue dedicated to Richard T. Greener, the university’s first African American professor and the first Black graduate of Harvard.  By Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott, two of the country’s leading African American composers, “Glory” and “A Pioneer’s Opus” celebrate Greener’s life and legacy, setting his own words, original poetry, and Langston Hughes’ “Let American be America Again.”

This outdoor concert for a limited audience, held at the Russell House Patio Stage not far from Greener’s statue, will be socially distanced.  The audience will be required to wear face coverings.

Fri., Nov. 6
6–9 p.m.
Indah Coffee - outdoor, socially-distanced concert (2238 Sumter St.)

Boomtown Trio CD Release Concert featuring bass faculty, Craig Butterfield


An engaging and interactive concert for middle schoolers featuring scripted programs by UofSC student performers Julia Jacobsen, Ellis McLarty, Kai Yi Zhang, Ji Hi, Alberto Pelisier & hosted by alumni Susan Zhang & Nick Luby
Fri, Nov 13
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Midland Arts Conservatory - 3806 N Main St, Columbia, SC 29203


Open to the public — FREE!
A community performance featuring UofSC School of Music faculty David Cutler, Clifford Leaman, Lynn Kompass, Phillip Bush, Ari Streisfeld, and Claire Bryant and alumni Susan Zhang & Nick Luby with special guests.
Fri, Nov 13
4:30 p.m.
Riverbanks Zoo Entrance Parking Lot - 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210


Informal, community chamber music to accompany a fine Saturday morning downtown!
Sat, Nov 14
10 a.m.
Soda City Market - Corner of Lady and Main

Mon., Nov. 16
Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church

Ryan Fox, woodwinds in Graduate Recital w/ Winifred Goodwin, piano & Christopher Lee, percussion

Program to include works by Hildegard von Bingen (arr. Samantha Marshall, Valerie Page-Coleman, Dave Volpe, Adolphus Hailstork, Ellen Taaffe Zwilic, Ida Gotkovsky, Paquito D’Rivera.

Wed., Nov. 18
6:30 p.m.

"Love, Joy, Peace” dedicated to and to benefit of Transitions Homeless Shelter

Voice students of Dr. Tina Stallard present a livestream performance.

Sun., Nov. 29
5 –6 p.m. Streamed Free

Parker Quartet Friends & Family Concert

More info here.

Tuesday, December 8
7:00 p.m. Virtual Performance

New Horizons Concert “Informance”

The informance will bring highlight the musical accomplishments and performances of the ensembles with the Fall 2020 Congaree New Horizons Band program. The groups in this program have met online in Fall 2020 and continued to perform together. The Fall 2020 CNHB ensembles currently include members form 15 states and 1 Canadian province. The CNHB program’s vision for Fall 2020 was to bring together as many people as possible while staying safe and distanced. During the informance, each ensemble’s director will highlight details of each program while members of the groups will attend the informance through Zoom.

The highlight of the informance will be the “live” performances of each group who will perform via accompaniment composite recordings that that were created through SoundTrap and GarageBand. The CNHB program plans to continue to welcome participation of members and visitors through Zoom even after in-person rehearsals are safe to resume. Meeting and performing with people from all over the world has been a tremendously meaningful silver lining of the current difficult situation.

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