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  • Festival Artistic Directors Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers speak on the growth of the SEPF since its inaugural year, and take a look at how it serves as both a showcase for top talents and a forge of friendships.
  • Authorities say they have arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting at a busy shopping mall in South Carolina's capital on Saturday that left 14 people injured. Columbia Police Chief W.H. "Skip" Holbrook says 22-year-old Jewayne M. Price is in police custody and is expected to be charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol. Price was one of three people initially detained by law enforcement as a person of interest. It is not immediately known if he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Holbrook says no fatalities have been reported but that 14 people were injured. Police say nine of the 14 people were shot and the other five people suffered injuries while attempting to flee.
  • Inspired by the Charleston-area legend of early 19th-century convicts John and Lavinia Fisher, Jeremy Turner's Six-Mile House premieres in Beaufort on Sunday, April 10th, with a second performance in Columbia on April 12th.
  • Combining traditional requiem texts with a contemporary libretto by Dr. Robert Walker, Will Todd’s “mini opera” for soloists, choir, and chamber orchestra is a dramatic journey through the stages of grief. Dr. Alicia Walker will conduct the premiere performance in Columbia on Saturday, March 26th.
  • Series artistic director Mike Harley reflects on Southern Exposure’s beginnings, development, and role in Columbia—and shares why he's excited about the Bang on a Can All-Stars performance that will conclude its 20th anniversary season Thursday evening.
  • A series of mild earthquakes have shaken homes and residents in central South Carolina. The U.S. Geological Survey says three quakes Monday in Kershaw County near Elgin registered magnitudes of 3.3, 2.5 and 2.1. The first earth-shaker rattled window panes and disrupted wildlife but apparently did not cause injuries or major damage. As the earthquake rumbled, with a sound similar to a heavy construction vehicle, it shook homes, caused glass doors and windows to clatter in their frames and prompted dogs to bark. People reported feeling tremors throughout the Columbia area and as far away as Lexington, about 40 miles southwest of the epicenter.
  • Two-time Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes joins pianist Andrew Armstrong for the opening concert of the 2021-2022 CMA Chamber Music on Main series
  • This past February Columbia mayor Steven Benjamin announced his current term would be his final. He shares how leading the state's capitol city has influenced him personally and professionally; critical issues his successor will face and what the next level of civic engagement needs to look like to help solve these issues.
  • The Music Director of the Columbia-based orchestra shares about his decision to remain on the Koger Center podium and gives a glimpse of this year's six Masterworks Series concerts
  • South Carolina's highest court will hear two challenges to the state's refusal to let school districts require masks for students and teachers this week. The state Supreme Court has set aside two hours to hear the cases Tuesday. South Carolina lawmakers passed an item in the state budget in June threatening school districts with losing state money if they required masks. The local governments involved in the cases are Columbia and Richland 2 schools. They will likely argue that requiring or banning masks has no place in the state budget, a bill whose purpose is to raise and spend money. South Carolina law requires legislation to have one clear subject.