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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 Orchestra.

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

Bártôk, Higdon & Koumendakis

Fri | Nov. 10, 2017

Bártôk’s Sonata for 2 Pianos & Percussion, an iconic early 20th century repertoire staple, will be performed by guest pianists Beata Moon and Jae Han, with CSO percussion power duo Beth Albert and Ryan Leveille. The program will also include the world premiere of a large ensemble work by Greek composer Giorgos Koumendakis, whose work was featured in the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and a recent piece by American composer Jennifer Higdon highlighting the bassoon within the framework of a true chamber dialogue among violin, cello and piano, featuring CSO principal bassoonist Josh Baker.


Magnetic South premieres CofC Composers

Fri | Feb. 9, 2018 - Special ticket price: $10!

Magnetic South performs new music from CofC faculty composers: Edward Hart’s song cycle The Caged Bird Sings is based on poetry by Paul Laurence Dunbar and features tenor Rodrick Dixon; a new chamber orchestra work by Yiorgos Vassilandonakis explores the sonification of fluid dream states; and a sextet by Nathan Michel, who is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist making all kinds of acoustic and electronic music, from pop to experimental and classical.

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 Orchestra website. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance.

Support Magnetic South

2017-2018 Supporters

Mrs. Elizabeth Rivers Lewine
Mrs. Carol H. Fishman
Herzman-Fishman Fund
Your gift is tax deductible and supports excellence in the arts and educational opportunities for students. There are many ways to give to Magnetic South with benefits and privileges available to you in thanks for your generosity. 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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