Almost 60 artists in Richland and Lexington continues will welcome the public into their work spaces from noon-6 today as part of 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios. Free. For more information and a list of participating artists, visit www.columbia openstudios.org/.
The USC Symphony Orchestra will be joined by a 16-year-old violinist at Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. concert at the Koger Center. Zeyu Victor Li, a native of China, will be the soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35. His playing has been celebrated by Tan Dun, known for his score for the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and his operas, including “The First Emperor.” The concert will also include Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 in D flat Major (Romantic). The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $8-$25; (803) 251-2222 or www.capitoltickets.com
Last Saturday, the South Carolina Philharmonic announced the programming for next season, its 50th anniversary as an orchestra. The “Thank You” season will feature the world premiere of two commissions, as well as collaborations with Trustus Theatre, Columbia Museum of Art, Celebrate Freedom Foundation and the Southeastern Piano Festival. There will be seven concerts in the Masterworks Series, which begins, instead of on a traditional September date, on Oct. 4. Season highlights: the season opener will feature a bassoon concerto written for the Phil’s principal bassoonist Peter Kolkay by Joan Tower, a Grammy Award-winning composer; a November concert will feature Dong Kim, the Southeastern Piano Festival’s 2012 winner of the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition; composer John Fitz Rogers’ piece dedicated to the Phil will debut in January at the Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert; Bela Fleck, a popular banjoist, will present a Banjo Concerto in May; and in February, members of the orchestra will play as part of a Trustus production. www.scphilharmonic.com.
McKissick Museum will host a symposium at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on “Step Right Up! Sideshows in America,” an exhibit that opened in January. The symposium will feature presentations on the cultural and social history of the sideshow. Featured guests include Robert Bogdan, professor at Syracuse University; Kathy Maher, curator and executive director of the Barnum Museum; and James Taylor, publisher of Shocked and Amazed, a sideshow publication. The museum is at 816 Bull St. Free; (803) 777-7251
If you are at Richland Library at 4 p.m. Tuesday, don’t be alarmed if people starting smacking books together while others dance to the beat. The percussionists, along with dancers from the Power Company, will be part of ArtRageous, a Pocket Productions program that presents spontaneous art demonstrations. The group will be led by composer David Batchelor. The routine will also take place at other area libraries between 4 and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. For more, visit www.pocketproductions.org.
The Carolina Wind Symphony will host a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Saluda Shoals Park River Center. Symphony musicians will perform in five small ensembles as entertainment. The park is at 5605 Bush River Road. $10; www.carolinawindsymphony.org