Student singers, musicians take Brooks stage for April performances
CLEMSON — Clemson University’s student musicians and singers will take the stage at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts for their final performances of the season this month.
Thursday, April 10
The Jazz Ensemble, known as “the Jungaleers,” takes the stage at 8 p.m. And they will be wearing their trademark orange high tops. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Under the direction of Timothy Hurlburt, the ensemble will present an eclectic program of familiar and not-so-familiar jazz tunes. Among them, three are transcriptions of jazz standards: “Little Brown Jug” by Glenn Miller, “Song of India” by Tommy Dorsey and “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Benny Goodman. A modern piece by guitarist Pat Metheny’s “First Circle” album is thrown in for good measure.
“It uses a lot of strange grooves; a lot of strange time patterns,” Hurlburt said. “It’s very modern sounding. It still has a great jazz feel.”
Gordon Goodwin’s “Sing, Sang, Sung,” a riff on the Goodman piece, is a fun counterpart to the original. There also will be an arrangement of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” as well as an ode to the Harlem Globetrotters. The Jungaleers will close the evening with their version of the immortal “Tiger Rag.”
Tuesday, April 15
The Clemson University Symphonic Band and Concert Band perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and admission is free for students.
The Concert Band, conducted by Tim Hurlburt, kicks off the concert with an explosive rendition of Frank Ticheli’s “Vesvius.” The piece evokes the sound and fury of the infamous volcano.
Next is a pair of pieces by Rossano Galante titled “A Childhood Remembered” and “Beyond the Horizon.” The band will close with “The Machine Awakes” by Steven Bryant. Written in 2012, “Machine” incorporates electronic, computer-generated sounds.
After intermission, conductor Mark Spede leads the Symphonic Band’s eclectic musical selections. The piece “joyRiDE” by Michael Markowski is what Spede calls “John Adams’ ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine’ meets Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy.’”
It is followed by Modest Mussorgsky’s “Fair at Sorochintsy,” a piece arranged and guest-conducted by performing arts senior Bryan Daniels in fulfillment of his Calhoun Honors College thesis.
Next is a traditional Irish hymn titled “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” known for its performance at Princess Diana’s funeral. James Barnes’ “Tribute” honors James Copenhaver, longtime band director at the University of South Carolina and onetime director of Clemson’s Tiger Band. The concert closes with “Berceuse” and “Finale” from “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky. Spede said it is “one of the most rousing endings in all of music. This ballet music depicts an old Russian fairy tale ending in the saving of a beautiful princess and the wedding to her liberator.”
Tuesday, April 22
The Clemson University Singers and glees close out the season at their 8 p.m. concert. Tickets are $8 adults and $5 students.
The first half of the concert will feature Women’s Glee, Men’s Glee and Clemson University Singers presenting short individual programs lasting around 10 minutes each.
The Men’s Glee will perform first with “Fight the Good Fight” by John Gardner, followed by “Think on Me,” a poem by Mary Queen of Scots set to music by James Mullholland. Stephen Sondheim’s classic “Send in the Clowns” is next, followed by the traditional spiritual “I Can’t Tarry,” with tenors Wesley Hudson and Samuel Park as student soloists.
The Women’s Glee program begins with “Eucarista: Deep in my heart I bear my Lord” by Pablo Casals. Next is “Weep No More” by David Childs, with Patti Drennan’s arrangement of “Soldier, Soldier” closing the women’s portion.
The Singers open with Lars Jansson’s “To The Mothers In Brazil: Salve Regina.” They follow with Matthew Emery’s “Speak to Me, My Love!” and close with Twa Tanbou.
After intermission, the choirs combine and are joined by professional soloists and orchestra to present the Great Mass in C-minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
“Like the Requiem, it remained unfinished at his untimely death,” said conductor Justin Durham. “However, a comparatively great deal more of this mass was composed by Mozart himself. Featuring a solo quartet, double chorus and orchestra, the Great Mass in C-minor is considered by some to be Mozart’s greatest choral masterpiece.” Megan Mashburn and Jennifer Juilfs serve as soprano soloists, while Grant Lewis and Luke Browder serve as tenor and baritone soloists, respectively.
Tickets and information
Tickets and information for these musical performances are available online at www.clemson.edu/Brooks and through the Box Office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.