Magnetic South


Concerts of new compositions and contemporary masterworks

Magnetic South exposes the College's students and the local community to unique masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries along with important new works by living composers. 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.

Concert • Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

The performance celebrates new works by Kay Rhie, Alexandre Mastrangelo and Thea Musgrave — three living composers of diverse backgrounds, and wide-ranging stylistic and aesthetic influences that comprise the rich tapestry of living contemporary music — along with Igor Stravinsky’s 1923 “Octet for Wind Instruments,” one of the composer’s most noted works of his neoclassical period. The concert is performed by musicians of the Charleston Symphony, co-conducted by CofC Professor of Music Theory/Composition Yiorgos Vassilandonakis and Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra Nisan Ak. 

  • 7:30pm, Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.
  • Program:

    Alexandre Mastrangelo (b. 1989) Mise en abîme (new work)
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Octet
    Thea Musgrave (b. 1928) Chamber Concerto No. 1 (for large ensemble)
    Kay Rhie (b. 1971) Cereus: Night Bloom (new work)



Concert • Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

Featuring musicians of the Charleston Symphony, co-conducted by Professor of Music Theory/Composition Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, and new Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra, Nisan Ak. This concert presents music by Darius Milhaud, Hannah Kendall, Pablo Ortiz and Trevor Weston. 

  • 7:30pm, Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.
  • $10 admission
  • Program:

    Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58
    Pablo Ortiz (b. 1956) Mores Redux
    Trevor Weston Messages
    Hannah Kendall Vera


Your gift to Magnetic South is tax deductible and supports excellence in the arts and educational opportunities for students.

Ways to give

  • Mail a check made out to Composers Fund to: Attn: Magnetic South, Music Department, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424
  • Credit Card: Make your gift here (Under "Designation" select "Other" and under "How Would You Like to Direct Your Donation" type "Composers Fund - R551") 

Current Supporters

Mrs. Carol H. Fishman
Herzman-Fishman Fund

Contact us

CofC Concerts: 843.953.5927 | Charleston Symphony: 843.723.7528

*Photo by Christy Mae King

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