Student ensembles take the stages at the Brooks Center this fall
CLEMSON – Clemson University’s student ensembles will present a series of performances in the coming weeks at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
The Clemson University Drumline, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Band warm up the fall season with their annual Percussion Extravaganza at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Director Paul Buyer said music performed by the Steel Band was selected specifically for fall performances and the Drumline’s program will showcase grooves, cadences and features from the 2014 Tiger Band season.
The Percussion Ensemble will perform “The Headache Miniatures,” “Home by Sundown,” “Shake” and “Sunlight.” The Steel Band will continue the show with “Daylight,” “Sarah,” “Sweet Action,” “Toribio & Daisy,” “Viva La Vida” and “Tiger Rag.” The Drumline will close with “8’s Tag,” “Ozoniferous,” “Jammin’,” “Game Time” and “Go Go Get’em Get’em.”
The Clemson University Jazz Ensemble will present an eclectic evening of jazz at 8 p.m. Nov. 20. The concert will feature everything from the Big Band swing of Count Basie to the smooth samba grooves of Brazil to the driving funk bass lines of Jaco Pastorius. Tickets are $5 adults and free for students.
The Clemson University Symphonic Band gives its first concert of the year at 8 p.m. Nov. 24. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for students.
The band will pay tribute to the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner” in the first half of the concert, while the second half will feature three movements from Gustav Holst’s suite, “The Planets”: “Mars,” “Venus” and “Jupiter.” NASA images of the planets will be displayed on a large screen as the band performs.
Clemson University Symphony Orchestra will take a musical trip around the world at 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
The journey begins in Finland with Grieg’s “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen.” Next, it’s off to Russia for Liadov’s “Eight Russian Folk Songs” and then to England for Vaughan Williams’ prelude to the 1940 British film “The 49th Parallel.” After intermission, the concert turns south to Argentina for Piazzolla’s “Melodia in La Menor,” then to Denmark for a Scandinavian take on the Aladdin story by Carl Nielsen. The trip ends with a French/American hybrid piece, “Little Bolero Boy,” a cross between Ravel’s “Bolero” and the classic Christmas tune “Little Drummer Boy.”
The Clemson Players will present Charles Mee’s “Big Love” in the Bellamy Theatre at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The production runs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 21, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for students.
The play follows 50 brides as they flee to Italy to escape marriage to their 50 cousins. A battle of the sexes breaks out when the grooms arrive to claim their brides. The play is a modern reimagining of Aeschylus’ “The Suppliants.” Student director Lauren French said “Big Love” is a play by “an epic playwright who is redefining what can be put on stage.” Mayhem and murder ensue in the hilarious and heartbreaking play.
The Clemson University Women’s and Men’s Glees perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
The performance will feature an evening of spirituals and sacred music, including Moses Hogan’s “I Am His Child” and setting of Psalm 100 featuring two pianos.
Theatre Unhinged, Clemson’s student theater group, will stage its first-ever, fully realized production (directed, designed and performed completely by Clemson students) with Bert Royal’s “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.” The production will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, to Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Bellamy Theatre. Tickets will be sold only at the door and are $11 for adults and $6 for students.
The play explores what “Peanuts” kids would be like as teenagers. In this unauthorized parody of the famous comic strip, “CB” and his friends deal with issues of relationships, drug use, bullying, abuse, eating disorders and suicide. When CB’s dog has to be put down, he questions the afterlife, and begins an emotional journey that leads him to some surprising places in an attempt to answer the existential questions he has been plagued with his whole life. Sometimes hilarious and sometimes tragic, the show has adult language and themes.