CLEMSON — The American Chamber Players, headed by violist Miles Hoffman, will perform as part of Clemson University’s award-winning chamber series on Thursday, Oct. 1. The free 8 p.m. concert in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts will open the 2009-2010 Lillian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series.

Comprised of Hoffman, flutist Sara Stern, pianist Anna Stoytcheva, violinist Janet Sung and guest soprano Rebecca Turner, the American Chamber Players will perform both familiar works and a few neglected gems. Works by Beethoven and Max Bruch and selections by Ernest Bloch and Madeleine Dring are planned. The concert also will feature Turner singing Franz Schubert’s “Auf Dem Strom,” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “When Night Descends in Silence” and “O Cease Thy Singing.”

For more information about the American Chamber Players concert, go to www.clemson.edu/Brooks or call the box office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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Since 1986, Clemson University’s award-winning Utsey Chamber Music Series has presented more than 125 free chamber music concerts. Recognized for outstanding programming and community service, the series has earned national accolades for showcasing the best soloists and ensembles in the genre. The Utsey Chamber Music Endowment supports these performances. It is South Carolina’s only endowment dedicated to presenting free chamber music performances. The Utsey Chamber Music Series has had performances aired on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” which is broadcast on more than 200 stations nationally and abroad. In 2007, the university received an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts, South Carolina’s highest arts award, for outstanding contributions made by the Utsey Chamber Music Series to the arts in the Palmetto State.


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