Magnetic South’s Spring Concert to Feature Faculty Compositions

Magnetic South’s Spring Concert to Feature Faculty Compositions

A collaborative project between the College of Charleston Department of Music and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO), titled Magnetic South, will present another contemporary classical music concert to Charleston on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

The spring concert will focus on new music from CofC faculty composers: Music Professor and department Chair Edward Hart’s song cycle The Caged Bird Sings based on poetry by Paul Laurence Dunbar, and featuring tenor Rodrick Dixon; a new chamber orchestra work, …thought I was awake, by Associate Professor of music theory/composion Yiorgos Vassilandonakis that explores the sonification of fluid dream states; and a sextet titled Shelter by adjunct faculty Nathan Michel, who is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist making all kinds of acoustic and electronic music, from pop to experimental to classical. The program will also include a performance of a composition by Kirsten Volness, the winner of the annual “Call for Scores” competition administered by the Department of Music. 

Hart says, “It is very rewarding to feature our own compositions as part of Magnetic South after seven seasons. Of course, having your music performed by friends is always the best. I am particularly excited to have acclaimed tenor Rodrick Dixon return to Charleston to sing my music. He is rapidly becoming a well-known star in our music scene.”

Magnetic South is an innovative partnership between the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the College of Charleston Department of Music. The goal of this musical 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 contemporary composers.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 9, 2018, in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, by calling (843) 723-7528, ext. 110, or online at

 Featured in above photo: From left Nathan Michel, Edward Hart and Yiorgos Vassilandonakis. Photo by Reese Moore.