A bold new season is in store for the Brooks Center in 2016-2017
CLEMSON — Musicians from the Nile region of Africa, dancers from the heart of New York and theater from the streets of Ireland are among the season’s entertainment at Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. (Full schedule)
The Boni Belle Brooks Series
- Travel back in time with “Live in Central Park (Revisited): Simon & Garfunkel,” a song-by-song recreation of the 1981 Simon and Garfunkel concert in Central Park presented by award-winning recording artist Lee Lessack and singer-pianist Johnny Rodgers. (Sept. 8)
- Take an enchanted trip to the world of “Cinderella,” Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classical musical about a young woman, a prince and a glass slipper presented by Worklight Productions. (Sept. 23-24)
- Settle in for world-class jazz with the superstars of the famous Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling. (Oct. 3)
- Experience the athleticism of dance on full display when the renowned Parsons Dance company arrives with some of its signature dances. (Oct. 17)
Get ready to laugh with “The Complete History of America (Abridged): Election Edition” when the “bad boys of abridgment” take you on a raucous journey through American history. (Nov. 1)
- Feel the joy of the season when The King’s Singers perform seasonal a cappella music in the third annual Delores St. Clair Wright Christmas Show. (Dec. 2)
- Return to the world of dance with Jessica Lang Dance, a new-yet-outstanding dance company showcasing the work of its founder and namesake. (Feb. 9, 2017)
- Traverse the Emerald Isle when traditional Irish folk ensemble Danú takes the stage in celebration of International Month. (March 14, 2017)
- Head west for the SFJAZZ Collective, a young, energetic jazz ensemble featuring the music of Miles Davis. (March 28, 2017)
- Feel the love with the Tony Award-winning musical “Once,” the story of a gifted musician and the woman who takes an interest in his haunting love songs. (April 4, 2017)
- Close out the series with a trip to Africa when The Nile Project brings together performers from the Nile region for another great international event. (April 11, 2017)
The Family Series
- Journey into the world of Dr. Seuss with “Seussical,” a musical bringing together some of the author’s most beloved characters.
- Learn about the rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through the entertaining and inspiring stories of acclaimed storyteller David Gonzalez’s “Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World.”
The Lillian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series
The Lillian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series has hosted hundreds of musicians and served thousands of patrons. Performers such as Lang Lang and Vadim Gluzman have graced the stage in their early careers, only to become highly acclaimed artists who command hefty ticket prices on a regular basis. This year’s slate of performers features young artists with a unique take on classical repertoire.
- Shuffle is a classical sextet that spontaneously draws its concert program from the audience itself, with a new list of pieces for each performance. (Sept. 12)
- WindSync is a wind quintet that performs original and classical works from memory. (Oct. 13)
- Clarinetist Julian Bliss returns to the Brooks Center after last season’s Benny Goodman concert, this time with a classical program. (Jan. 19, 2017)
- Finally, harpist Bridget Kibbey leads “The Bridge Project,” a unique collaboration featuring the music of composers who have immigrated to the United States. (March 2, 2017)
The Clemson Players, the University’s premier theater ensemble, has in store a diverse slate of productions.
- First up is a staged reading of a new play in the Bellamy Theatre. (Sept. 5-8, 9, 11)
- Next is John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine,” a wintry tale of love in the fictional town of Almost. (Nov. 15-20)
- For its annual Brooks Theater production, the Players present Tennessee Williams’ classic, heartbreaking play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” (Feb. 23-26, 2017)
- The season ends with Shakespeare’s hilarious and magical “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (April 19-23, 2017)
Clemson’s music ensembles
- CU Singers perform Oct. 20 and April 21, 2017.
- CU Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, & Drumline perform Nov. 3 and April 28, 2017.
- CU Symphony Orchestra plays Nov. 15 and April 25, 2017.
- CU Symphonic Band will be in concert Nov. 21 and March 7, 2017, and with the Concert Band April 18, 2017.
- The performing arts department POPS concert will be April 9, 2017.
- The Jazz Ensemble performs Nov. 17 and April 13, 2017.
- The Men’s and Women’s choirs will sing Dec. 1 and April 6, 2017.