College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Magnetic South: Contemporary Classical Works

On Friday, March 27, 2015 the Magnetic South series, which commissions and presents new works along with contemporary masterworks, will present the program, Coast to Coast. Co-founded by Edward Hart, Yiorgos Vassilandonakis and Yuriy Bekker, Magnetic South is a collaborative project between the College of Charleston Department of Music and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Under the baton of Vassilandonakis, the CSO will perform two recently written works and two Magnetic South commissions that present the latest and most vibrant voices in contemporary American music composition.

Sean Shepherd is one of the most internationally prominent American composers of his generation, having been commissioned and championed by the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the National Youth Orchestra. His sextet Lumens is a virtuosic yet introspective piece about gratitude.

Recent Rome Prize and Guggenheim recipient Eric Nathan is a young composer with an already impressive career. His award-winning work One Voice for Sinfonietta, involves turning “one voice into many and many voices into one.”

Clint Needham is quickly becoming one of the country’s most commissioned young composer with performances by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Symphony, Cabrillo Festival and Minnesota Orchestra. His Magnetic South commission, Imaginary Dances, is a high energy dance suite for chamber orchestra.

West Coast composer Laurie San Martin is enjoying a career with performances in Europe, Asia and across the US, commissioned by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay as well as works for theater, dance and video. Her Magnetic South commission tiny fonts for winds, brass, and strings is full of energy, buoyancy, and lightness, is dedicated to Magnetic South artistic director, Yiorgos Vassilandonakis.

DETAILS: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm | *Pre-concert talk: 7:00 pm (Professor Edward Hart will moderate a talk with the composers.) 

Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. 

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students 6-22 years. Purchase tickets online or by calling (843) 723-7528 ext. 110.