CLEMSON — The East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) brings a youthful and exhilarating performance to the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. The free concert is presented as part of the award-winning Utsey Chamber Music Series.

Formed in 2001, ECCO brings together many of the newest generation’s most-talented string players in a conductor-less ensemble whose focus is purely on music-making. 

“The East Coast Chamber Orchestra combines the strength and power of a great orchestral ensemble with personal involvement and the sensitivity of a superb chamber group,” said Lillian Harder, director of the Brooks Center. “This is a combination that’s second to none.”

Its members are soloists and principal musicians in several major American orchestras, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Boston Symphony. Other ECCO musicians may be seen performing with various chamber ensembles throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Jupiter String Quartet and the Delancey Quartet.  

For more information about the East Coast Chamber Orchestra 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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The Lillian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series
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. This endowment 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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