Computers are the future. Whoever tells you otherwise is living under a rock. There is nothing computers can’t do these days, including creating sophisticated concert music that matches the masterpieces of baroque and classical giants like Bach and Mozart. The College of Charleston welcomes guest speaker Dr. David Cope to campus this week. He will demonstrate the kind of musical magic a computer can create. A professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Cope combines music, technology, and art in the lecture, “Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style” in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center (54 St. Philip St.) on Monday at 6 p.m. Cope will create on-the-spot compositions in the style of Bach and discuss the program behind it all titled Experiments in Musical Intelligence. “My initial idea involved creating a computer program, which would have a sense of my overall musical style and the ability to track the ideas of a current work,” says Cope. “My hope was that this new music would not just be interesting but relevant to my style and to my current work.” Created in 1981, the program has composed its own classical works including 10 symphonies, several chamber orchestra pieces, and 10 string quartets that have been performed around the world. The lecture marks the ninth in a series presented by CofC’s Conrad D. Festa Community in Sciences and Mathematics and its new computing in the arts major, which combines creativity, problem solving, and computer skills. The event is free and open to the public. Call (843) 953-8159 for info.