CLEMSON — The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University kicks off its 2017-18 season in September with an engaging and dynamic slate of events. 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.

The Boni Belle Brooks Series

  • Award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range will kick off the season with the best of the genre. (Sept. 7)
  • The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir will bring celestial voices, pure tone and wide-ranging repertoire to Clemson. (Oct. 19)
  • Ten-time Latin Grammy-winner Javier Limón reassembles the original band that toured with legendary Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer Paco de Lucia during the last 10 years of his career with “Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón: The Paco de Lucia Project. (Oct. 24)
  • A lavish new stage production of “The Sound of Music,” directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the most successful movie musical in history. (Oct. 29)
  • The Midtown Men – The Delores St. Clair Wright Christmas Show. Four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” return to the Brooks Center to debut their “Holiday Hits” show, blending iconic rock-and-roll hits of the 1960s with the all-time greatest holiday classics. (Not a performance of/not affiliated with “Jersey Boys.”) (Dec. 8)
  • The classic musical “Cabaret” welcomes you to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd — and to leave their troubles outside. (Jan. 25, 2018)
  • Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for “Best New Play,” Katori Hill’s “The Mountaintop” is rife with humor and politics while giving a glimpse of the private side of Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 30, 2018)
    "Flamenco Legends by Javier Limon: The Paco de Lucia Project," lights up the Brooks Center on Tuesday, October 24.

    “Flamenco Legends by Javier Limon: The Paco de Lucia Project,” lights up the Brooks Center on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
    Image Credit: Luis Malibran

  • The Birdland All-Stars have thrilled audiences at “The Jazz Corner of the World” for the last decade. Returning to the road for the first time in five years, the ensemble has created new arrangements of music by David Bowie, The Police and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock with “The Birdland All-Stars: The Art of Jazz.” (Feb. 1, 2018)
  • Founded in 1912, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is one of Sweden’s oldest orchestras. The program will include Smetana’s “Sarka from Ma Vlast,” Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor. (Feb. 5, 2018)
  • Blending technical virtuosity and comedic brilliance, Mnozil Brass from Austria is an international sensation. With its iconic humor and wit, the group returns to North America with a show that blends original compositions with classical favorites, jazz standards and popular hits. (Feb. 26, 2018)
  • The 40 dancers of Lezginka State Dance Company will present a dazzling display of traditional folk songs and dances, awesome acrobatics, sumptuous costumes and riveting drum and saber work. (March 5, 2018)
  • Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth largest ballet company. This stellar array of young dancers from around the world will astound with a diverse range of dance works, such as excerpts from the great classics. (March 26, 2018)

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. Such performers as Lang Lang and Vadim Gluzman have graced the stage in their early careers and have gone on to become highly acclaimed artists.

Violinist Kristin Lee performs on the Utsey Chamber Music Series on Thursday, January 18.

Violinist Kristin Lee performs on the Utsey Chamber Music Series on Thursday, Jan. 18.
Image Credit: Arthur Moeller

  • Duo pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton have been hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for “stellar musicianship, technical mastery and awe-inspiring artistry.” (Sept. 19)
  • The Orion String Quartet with Flutist Tara O’Connor, which performed at the Brooks Center during the 1999-2000 season, returns to perform on its 30th anniversary tour with guest artist Tara O’Connor. The program includes Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 3 in C Major, K. 285b; Haydn’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2; and Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105. (Oct. 3)
  • A former student of Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, violinist Kristin Lee is a recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prize-winner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions. Lee will perform music that celebrates America and the styles that have influenced American history from the beginning of the 1900s to the present day. (Jan. 18, 2018)
  • Embodying the majesty of its Russian lineage, the Hermitage Piano Trio is comprised of three musicians who are noted soloists in their own right: pianist Ilya Kazantsev, violinist Misha Keylin and cellist Sergey Antonov. The trio will perform Rachmaninoff’s Trio No. 1 in G minor, Arensky’s Trio in D minor, Op. 32, and Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons, Op. 37a.” (March 13, 2018)

The Family Series

Air Play Stage Photo

“Air Play” will amaze audiences on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Image Credit: Florence Montmare

  • “Air Play” is a wordless, comic spectacle that is equally at home in the theater, circus and modern art museum. Created by the comedic duo Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, Air Play merges the high art of Daniel Wurtzel’s extraordinary air sculptures with Bloom and Gelsone’s crowd-pleasing comedy. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. (Oct. 10)
  • Swiss-based theater troupe Mummenschanz has dazzled audiences worldwide for more than 45 years through the inventive use of shadow, light and creative manipulation of objects. The “musicians of silence” in Mummenschanz’s new show “you & me” bring to life the large-scale masks you’ve grown to love and revive a historic tradition of acrobatics. (Apr. 13, 2018)

Clemson Players 

The Clemson Players, the University’s premier theater ensemble, has a diverse slate of productions this season.

  • First up is the classic Godspell, a touching and playful musical that finds a community of people who explore the parables of the Bible. (Oct. 2-6, 8)
  • Sometimes, to tell a secret, you first have to teach a lesson. Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “How I Learned to Drive” reveals the long-term effects of ignorance, sexism, pedophilia and manipulation through the metaphor of driver’s education. (Nov. 13-17, 19)
  • “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall,” writes Shakespeare in “Measure for Measure.” In his darkest comedy, Shakespeare tells the tale of the aspiring nun, Isabella, who is faced with an impossible choice after her brother is sentenced to death for the crime of “fornication.” (Feb. 22-25, 2018)
  • Named “Best New Play” at the American College Theatre Festival in 1980, “The Diviners” is the story of disturbed young Buddy Layman and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. (April 16-22, 2018)
CU Singers

Clemson performing arts ensembles can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Department of Performing Arts Music Ensembles

  • Music in the Air XV Carillon Concert (Carillon at Tillman Hall, Sept. 24)
  • CU Singers (Oct. 26)
  • CU Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, & Drumline (Nov. 2)
  • CU Symphony Orchestra (Nov. 14)
  • CU Jazz Ensemble (Nov. 16)
  • CU Symphonic Band (Dec. 5)
  • CU Men’s & Women’s Choirs & Cantorei (Dec. 7)
  • CU Symphonic Band (March 12, 2018)
  • CU Jazz Ensemble (April 5, 2018)
  • Department of Performing Arts “POPS” Concert (April 8, 2018)
  • CU Men’s & Women’s Choirs (April 12, 2018)
  • CU Symphonic Band & CU Concert Band (April 17, 2018)
  • CU Singers & Cantorei (April 20, 2018)
  • CU Symphony Orchestra (April 24, 2018)
  • CU Percussion Ensemble and CU Steel Band (April 27, 2018)

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