College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Magnetic South: The Finnish Line

Magnetic SouthMagnetic South, a collaborative project between the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the College of Charleston Department of Music, continues to present contemporary classical music to Charleston audiences during the 2016-2017 season. The fall concert, “The Finnish Line,” is an evening of music from Finnish composers.

College of Charleston faculty member Yiorgos Vassilandonakis and CSO Music Director Ken Lam will conduct the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis and alto Jennifer Luiken. Yuriy Bekker is concertmaster.

Vassilandonakis describes the program as “a very colorful echo of the 1950s and 1960s, but the latest in orchestral composition that is commercially successful and very playable. This is new music that’s both intellectual and visceral.”

The program includes Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Catch and Release, a harmonic piece composed in 2006 from material developed in the course of composing his other orchestral works. Magnus Lindberg’s Corrente, composed in 1992 as a commission from the Swedish Literary Society of Finland for its annual festival, and Grammaire des Reves (1988) by Kaija Saariaho, a Grammy award-winning operatic composer, complete the evening of contemporary music.

DETAILS: The concert will take place on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30pm, at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts (54 Saint Philip St.). Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at, at the door, or by calling 843.723.7528, ext. 110.

The spring Magnetic South concert, “Ambiguous Symmetries,” will be on Friday, April 7, 2016. This concert will feature works by Mario Davidosky, Kurt Rhode, and 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.

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.