CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 20th birthday and the accomplishments of student performers at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

The evening will feature past and present students who will perform and speak about how their educations at the Brooks Center helped them succeed. Various student ensembles are scheduled to perform as well, and there will be some surprises too.

“We intend this evening to be both a celebration of the Brooks Center and a ‘thank you’ to the many patrons, students, staff and faculty who have kept our doors open for these 20 years,” said its director, Lillian Harder, who has held the job for 18 of those 20 years.

She hopes the center’s impact is felt not only in the Clemson community, but also through the careers of almost 150 performing arts alumni.

“We have so many alumni throughout the country who have gone on to do fabulous things, and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their accomplishments,” she said.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to be treated to celebratory champagne before the performance.

With such visiting artists such as Patti LuPone and Rhonda Vincent, Harder’s wish for this season is to inspire even more community members to visit the performing arts center.

Tickets for the 20th anniversary celebration at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, are $35 for adults and $10 for students. They may be purchased through the box office, which is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 864-654-7787 or online at