Classical music, jazz and musical theater in store at the Brooks Center this winter
CLEMSON — Classical music, jazz, and musical theater highlight January and February at Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets and information are available at www.clemson.edu/Brooks or by calling the box office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Recently named among the Top 30 Most Influential Music Professionals by Musical America, Israeli cellist Amit Peled returns to play the historic cello of his idol, the late Pablo Casals. The instrument, a circa 1733 Goffriler cello, was personally handed to Peled by the maestro’s widow, Marta Casals Istomin. A professor of music at the Peabody Conservatory, Peled will perform the same repertoire that Casals performed at Peabody 101 years ago on this instrument. He previously appeared at the Brooks Center in 2013 as a member of the Tempest Trio.
Direct from Gdansk, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra brings a bit of European flair to the Brooks Center. Founded in 1945 on the heels of post-war Polish independence, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland. This concert will feature a winner of the Chopin International Piano Festival. The ensemble will perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Additional works include Wagner’s overture to “The Flying Dutchman” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.”
Recreating the exciting sound of swing from the ’30s and ’40s, clarinet prodigy Julian Bliss leads his ensemble through some of the era’s great tunes, staying true to the authentic feel, but with a modern twist. During each performance, Bliss and pianist Neal Thornton engage with the audience by sharing anecdotes about Goodman’s life, creating an intimate, special and nostalgic evening to remember.
In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre uses fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music to bring the magical world of this beloved author to life. Starting at 6 p.m. join the family fun at Imagination Station in the Brooks Center lobby to create art projects and play games.
All is not well at the local perfumery. Georg and Amalia, a pair of sales associates, can’t find a way to get along; yet each finds comfort in an anonymous pen pal, not suspecting that their correspondents are each other. She Loves Me is an enchanting musical of mistaken identity and the bloom of first love. Elegant, funny, and heartwarming, it’s the perfect Valentine confection.
The world’s best-loved musical returns in a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin, “Annie” includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Easy Street,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”