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Free Events at the Koger Center
2019 - 2020


Portraits Past and Present - An Exhibition of Work by Colin Dodd

Opens January 15, 2020

Artist's Statement

I have been engaged in making portraits since the early 1980’s. My most important series of works is a group of multiphasic, biographical portraits intended as an homage to the humanistic spirit of the twentieth century and to the creative, challenging and complex individuals who formulated Modernism. These are portraits, but they are meant to convey more than just the physical appearance of an individual. They express the life and work of each subject through a multi-layered technique, juxtaposing images and ideas from a variety of sources. A major part of the effort required to execute these works was to exhaustively research the lives and works of these artists. The paintings are meant to be didactic, presenting these figures to a wider audience and greater recognition for their contributions to the fabric of contemporary artistic and intellectual life. It is intended that this quality will generate a similar experience for the viewer, providing a stimulus for further investigation. The portrait concept has evolved in a number of different directions from the original group, for example I created a series on dictators (not as a homage I hasten to add!) but rather to explore the opposite tendency to the humanistic spirit...the stifling of creativity and freedom of expression, the eradication of individualism and the annihilation of truth. Most recently I have created a series on popular culture and in particular some of my favorite musicians, including John Lennon and Bob Dylan


Mullen 2016 - 2020

Opens January 15, 2020 

Opening Reception will be from 5:00 - 7:00 with an artist's talk at 6:00

Artist's Statement

Paintings should be started fast and finished slow.  The slower the finish the longer the creativity remains in the artist's mind and the less likely that the work will be declared done prematurely.  The new Koger show includes the slowest and richest group of paintings in my career.  The most recent work in this show, a 6X10 foot canvas, was put on the current canvas in 1992, with parts of unfinished paintings from as long ago as 1976 used as collage, and finished in 2020:  A forty-four year painting.


American Clarinet Quartet Concert

 January 15, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.

Join the Koger Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 as we enjoy the patriotic sounds of the USAF Heritage of America Band Clarinet Quartet. The performance will be held in the dynamic, open expanse of the Koger Center lobby overlooking the beautiful sunsets of Columbia, SC.

The USAF Heritage of American Band Clarinet Quartet Concert starts at 7:30pm on the second floor of the Koger Center and is free and open to the public.


The American Clarinet Quartet is a four-piece clarinet ensemble

and part of the United States Air Force Heritage of America

Band. As professional Airman-musicians, the members of the

American Clarinet Quartet are dedicated to using the power of

music to honor our veterans, inspire patriotism, communicate the

Air Force story, and recruit those who are interested in serving

our nation.


The American Clarinet Quartet offers innovative programming

that covers a wide array of musical styles. The ensemble

embraces the full range of the quartet repertoire, while also

exploring various instrument combinations. The creative use of

ensemble and instrumentation, combined with new arrangements

and compositions, ensures that the American Clarinet Quartet

provides audiences with a unique concert experience.


Koger Apprentice Program Events

Koger Center Jazz

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.

Attend the pre-concert sound check followed by a Q&A session with renowned UofSC Jazz faculty members as they prepare to play a concert featuring the music of The Beatles! Tickets to the performance following the Q&A will be available to Koger Apprentices at the $10 student price.

Koger Apprentice events are open to all students free of charge. Events will be held at the Koger Center for the Arts. Please contact Simms Oliphant by calling (803) 777-7500 or emailing for more information.


An American In Paris

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.

Koger Apprentices are invited to attend the Broadway touring production of An American in Paris with a preshow talk on modern marketing  in the arts featuring the Koger Center Marketing Director, Chip Wade. A student ticket should be purchased to attend the performance.

Koger Apprentice events are open to all students free of charge. Events will be held at the Koger Center for the Arts. Please contact Simms Oliphant by calling (803) 777-7500 or emailing for more information.


The Bachelor: Live!

Friday, May 01, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.

Gain valuable experience and knowledge helping behind-the-scenes of one of the largest pop culture phenomenons in the world! Koger Apprentices will witness what it takes to run a show of this caliber while working with Koger Center front-of-house staff.

Koger Apprentice events are open to all students free of charge. Events will be held at the Koger Center for the Arts. Please contact Simms Oliphant by calling (803) 777-7500 or emailing for more information.


"Make Music Day" End of Year Celebration

Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate the end of a fantastic season with us on International Make Music Day with the finale of Koger Center Jazz 2019-2020 featuring the Flat Out Strangers! "A Misdummer Night's Swing" which is open to the public!

Koger Apprentice events are open to all students free of charge. Events will be held at the Koger Center for the Arts. Please contact Simms Oliphant by calling (803) 777-7500 or emailing for more information.


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Kronos Quartet

At War With Ourselves Preview Performance

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.

Michael Abels, composer

Nikky Finney, librettist

Performed by Kronos Quartet, members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and singers from the University of South Carolina.

The Kronos Quartet, perhaps the most legendary group in contemporary music, makes their Southern Exposure debut. Along with a choir led by conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe, featuring members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and singers from the University of South Carolina, the acclaimed string quartet will perform At War With Ourselves, a major new evening-length work about race relations, social justice, and civil rights by composer Michael Abels and librettist Nikky Finney. This preview performance culminates of week of workshopping the piece at UofSC in preparation for its premiere in San Francisco. The concert also concludes a week of University-wide events about the intersection of music and race relations.

Based in Los Angeles, Abels is best known for his critically lauded score for the 2017 horror film Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele. A National Book Award-winning South Carolina native, Finney is currently the John H. Bennett, Jr. Endowed Professor of Creative Writing and Southern Letters at UofSC. The starting point for the development of At War With Ourselves will be Finney’s 2013 poem “The Battle of and for the Black Face Boy,” which she described as being “made of Civil War history, Black history, and modern American headlines.” 

At War With Ourselves is being created with funding from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission and the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional co-commissioning support is provided by ASU Gammage at Arizona State University, Hancher Auditorium – The University of Iowa, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, SFJAZZ, and University of South Carolina.

UofSC School of Music Concerts

University Bands Concert

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.


 Wind Ensemble Concert: "Triumph"

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.

Cormac Cannon, conductor / Jamaal Nicholas, guest conductor
Rebecca Nagel, oboe / Steven Bryant, guest composer

Join the UofSC Wind Ensemble for an exciting evening of contemporary music. UofSC professor of oboe, Rebecca Nagel, performs Jennifer Higdon’s haunting yet delightful Oboe Concerto. Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble is a truly unique concert experience, with musicians surrounding the audience in the auditorium with a dazzling display of virtuosity.
Steven Bryant - Paean Triumph
Jennifer Higdon - Oboe Concerto
Steven Bryant - Concerto for Wind Ensemble


UofSC Symphonic Winds

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.


UofSC Wind Ensemble

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.


UofSC University Bands

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.


Palmetto Concert Band

Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.