CLEMSON — Enjoy an evening of musical variety with the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

Including German, Russian and American music from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, the orchestra will present a program of selections for both big and small orchestra. Clemson piano professor Linda Li-Bleuel and clarinet instructor Eric Lapin also will be featured.

The evening kicks off with Mozart’s Symphony no. 38, nicknamed “Prague,” to show appreciation for the city in the Czech Republic where Mozart was a superstar and admired performer.

This is followed by “After Long Ventures,” composed by Jon Jeffrey Grier, a music teacher at the Fine Arts Center magnet school of the arts in Greenville County. Piano and clarinet solos, performed by Li-Bleuel and Lapin, respectively, take the role of a ship, while the chamber orchestra performers represent the “battering and mending” of the ship throughout the piece.

The second half of the program starts with “And God Created Great Whales” by Alan Hovhaness, written in the 1960s to bring attention to the plight of whales. Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” which was brought to the public consciousness by Walt Disney’s 1939 “Fantasia,” will conclude the concert.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults and are available for purchase online at and through the Box Office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


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