College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Collaborative Music Series to Present Concert of 21st Century Composers

Magnetic South, a collaborative project between the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the College of Charleston Department of Music, will present its second contemporary classical music concert to Charleston audiences during the 2016-2017 season.

The spring concert, “Ambiguous Symmetries,” is an evening of music from 21st century composers and includes Festino Notturno by Mario Davidovsky, As We Do, an Etude for Mixed Ensemble by Kurt Rohde, and Deep Water by John Allemeier, as well as a performance of the winning composition from a Call for Scores administered by the College of Charleston’s Music Department; the winning piece, is Sift by Connor Elias Way, a new work that masterfully treats musical texture and instrumental color to create a slowly unfolding narrative inspired by Renaissance vocal music. 

College of Charleston faculty member Yiorgos Vassilandonakis and CSO Music Director Ken Lam will conduct the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Yuriy Bekker is concertmaster.

The “Ambiguous Symmetries” concert will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017, at 7:30pm at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and can be purchased at the door, by calling (843) 723-7528, ext. 110, or at

About Magnetic South:

Magnetic South is an innovative partnership between the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the College of Charleston Department of Music. It combines the resources of the two institutions to present contemporary classical music in Charleston in an informative context. The goal of the Magnetic South partnership is to bring to the audiences of the Lowcountry, including students at the College, masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries along with important new works by living composers. The concerts, performed by CSO musicians and conducted by College of Charleston faculty member Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, feature carefully selected works from a variety of aesthetic directions and styles to represent the panorama of the music of our time. Magnetic South was co-founded in 2012 by Vassilandonakis, fellow faculty member Edward Hart and CSO concertmaster and Principal Pops conductor, Yuriy Bekker.