CLEMSON — The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra will perform “Ford’s Theatre: A Few Glimpses of Easter Week, 1865,” a piece written by American Composer Ernst Bacon that chronicles the last week of Abraham Lincoln’s life. The orchestra will perform this selection and other works at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

Ford’s Theatre” has 12 movements that illustrate the thrill of the war’s end to the tragedy of Lincoln’s assassination. 

“Each movement is very evocative and should draw up specific images of the times,” said Andrew Levin, conductor of the 74-member orchestra.

Movements in the work include “Passing Troops,” “Moonlight on the Savannah,”  “The Theatre,” “The River Queen,” “Premonitions,” “Pennsylvania Avenue, April 9, 1865,” “Good Friday” (the day Lincoln was assassinated) and others.

As part of the performance, photographs from the period will be projected above the Brooks Center stage.

During World War II Bacon headed the music program at Converse College in Spartanburg. He conducted the premiere of “Ford’s Theatre” in South Carolina by the Southern Symphony.

Also on the program are two pieces taken from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” the composer’s most-recognized opera. The orchestra will perform “Polonaise” and “Waltz.”

The orchestra will peforrm Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival.”

Tickets to the concert cost $5 for adults. Student admission is free. Tickets and information are available at or by calling the box office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


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