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Magnetic South

Concerts of new compositions and contemporary masterworks


Magnetic South presents musical masterpieces of the 20th century and also commissions and premieres new work. This year-round series exposes the College's students and the local community to unique, contemporary classical music. Co-founded by Edward HartYiorgos Vassilandonakis, and Yuriy Bekker, Magnetic South is a collaborative project between the College of Charleston Department of Music and the Charleston Symphony.

Charleston Symphony Orchestra | Conductors: Ken Lam and Yiorgos Vassilandonakis | Concertmaster: Yuriy Bekker


Fri | October 12, 2018

A rare performance of Edgard Varese’s 1923 octet: Octandre and Bártôk’s Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano along with two new works by Charleston composers: David Maves’ song cycle The Captive for Soprano and Strings, on poetry by John Donne, and a Magnetic South commission for a new large ensemble work by Nicholas Bentz.


Stravinsky, Foss & Beyond

Fri | Feb. 8, 2019 

Experience two iconic 20th century works: Stravinsky’s masterpiece A Soldier’s Tale, Lukas Foss’ beautiful setting of Wallace Stevens’ Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, along with the winning composition of the 3rd annual Magnetic South Call for Scores.

Time, Venue and Tickets

  • Concert: 7:30 pm 
  • Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts
  • Special ticket price of $10.
  • Purchase tickets by calling (843) 723-7528 ext. 110 or by visiting the Charleston Symphony website. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance.

Support Magnetic South

2018-2019 Supporters

Ms. Yvonne duFort Evans

Mrs. Carol H. Fishman
Herzman-Fishman Fund

The Honorable and Mrs. George Kosko

Dr. David W. Maves

Your gift is tax deductible and supports excellence in the arts and educational opportunities for students. Please contact us to learn more.

Mail:  Send your check made to "Composers Fund" to: Attn: Tiffany Gammell, Music Department, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424

Credit Card:  Make your gift here (In "Designation" select "Other" and in "Other" enter "Composers Fund - R551")

Contact us

CofC Concerts: 843.953.6315 | Charleston Symphony Orchestra: 843.723.7528

*Photo by Christy Mae King

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