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Brooks Center for the Performing Arts announces its 2022-2023 Season

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Home to the performing arts at Clemson since 1994, the Brooks Center is proud to reveal its 28th season, featuring a dazzling lineup of world-class music, dance and theatrical experiences.

WATCH OUR 2022-2023 SEASON REVEAL VIDEO

From legendary jazz artists to iconic Broadway hits, from triumphant orchestral masterworks to the invigorating energy of Irish dance, the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an array of top-tier talent to the Clemson campus and community in the 2022-2023 season. Beginning today, Monday, May 9, season tickets are available at a 10% discount for Friends of the Brooks Center who have made their gift of $100 or more since July 1, 2021. To make your gift and order your tickets, follow instructions here. Single tickets will be available to the general public beginning August 17.

The Brooks Center invites you to explore the rest of the season below. For more information, visit clemson.edu/brooks or call the Brooks Center Box Office at 864-656-7787.


Boni Belle Brooks Series

Named for the daughter of benefactor Robert H. Brooks, the Boni Belle Brooks Series is our signature season line-up, featuring noteworthy and emerging artists from a variety of genres.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 |7:30 p.m.
$40 Adults / $20 Students

“The past and promise of American music” (Rolling Stone), Preservation Hall Jazz Band is the flame-keeper of traditional New Orleans-style jazz. Known for its rootsy, soulful sound, the group has been holding court in its famed French Quarter venue since 1961. On hot summer nights, long lines form down St. Peter Street with fans eager to hear the joyful, infectious rhythms of the band that defines the genre.


Step Afrika! presents Drumfolk
Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$30 Adults / $15 Students

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional African dances and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. The company will bring their production, “Drumfolk,” to the Brooks Center. Inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739, “Drumfolk” explores this little-known event in U.S. and South Carolina history that would forever transform African American life and culture. When Africans lost the right to use their drums, the beats found their way into the body of the people — the Drumfolk. New percussive forms took root leading to the development of some of our country’s most distinct performance traditions like ring shout, tap and stepping.


Julie Fowlis
Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$35 Adults / $15 Students

Julie Fowlis is a multi-award-winning Gaelic singer who is deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. With a career spanning five studio albums and numerous high-profile collaborations, her “crystalline” and “intoxicating” vocals have enchanted audiences around the world. Fowlis will forever be recognized for singing the theme songs to “Brave,” Disney Pixar’s Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning animated film, set in the ancient highlands of Scotland.


Mummenschanz: 50 Years
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$35 Adults / $15 Students

For its anniversary production — aptly titled “50 Years” — Mummenschanz takes audiences on a journey filled with imagination and poetry, putting on the most beloved sketches from the foundation’s repertoire over the past five decades. To mark the anniversary, founder and artistic director Floriana Frassetto has devised a production that will take the public on a 50-year journey through the fascinating world of Mummenschanz.

Featuring legendary characters such as the Clay Masks and the Toilet Paper Faces, the production will also include sketches featuring surprising new forms and characters that capture the signature Mummenschanz spirit. This fantastic journey through the world of Mummenschanz is lively, humorous, full of affection and brimming with imagination.


tenThing Brass Ensemble
Delores St. Clair Wright Christmas Show
Friday, December 9, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$45 Adults / $20 Students

Norwegian brass ensemble tenThing takes the audience on a musical journey through Europe and America with their holiday-themed program. Starting at the beautiful fjords of Norway, through XVIII century Germany, into a warm Italian Christmas, an evergreen England and to the sounds of Ukrainian folk and Czech fairy-tales, the program explores musical traditions of the Christmas season from different parts of the European continent. And there would be no holiday without some of the most celebrated American tunes and Disney songs, featured in a new light thanks to fantastic new arrangements. tenThing brings a breath of fresh air and shares holiday joy with masterful performances.


STOMP
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$50 Adults / $25 Students

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.


Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$40 Adults / $20 Students

Under the baton of principal guest conductor Theodore Kuchar, the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine performs triumphant orchestral masterworks. A regular participant in international festivals, the orchestra has appeared at the International Festival of Musical Art “Virtuosos,” the International Festival of Contemporary Music “Contrasts” and the Ukrainian-Polish Festival “Discovering Paderewski.”


The Gesualdo Six and Owain Park, Director
featuring Clemson Cantorei
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$30 Adults / $15 Students

The Gesualdo Six is a British vocal ensemble comprised of some of the U.K.’s finest consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Praised for imaginative programming and impeccable blend, the ensemble formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories in Cambridge and has gone on to perform at numerous major festivals across the U.K., Europe, Canada and Australia. Clemson University choral ensemble Cantorei will take the stage to perform with The Gesualdo Six.


Chicago
Friday, March 3, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$60 Adults / $25 Students

There’s never been a better time to experience “Chicago,” Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. “Chicago” has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. It’s no surprise that “Chicago” has wowed audiences all over the world — and now it’s coming to Clemson!


Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Songs We Love
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$50 Adults / $25 Students

“Songs We Love” is a journey through the first 50 years of jazz song, with the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center. Under the musical direction of Riley Mulherkar, three guest vocalists join an all-star band made up of New York’s rising stars. Combining their distinct talents, the group will sing their way through four decades of music, beginning with the early blues and jazz of the 1920s and ending in the early 1950s. Explore the works of iconic singers, including Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.


Wings: A Celtic Celebration of Dance
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$35 Adults / $15 Students

Witness the dexterity and skill of these world champion Irish dancers as they defy gravity together with Ireland’s finest musical and vocal virtuosos. Complete with original music and choreography, this ground-breaking production will thrill audiences with its emotional energy and imaginative design.


Lillian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series

Now in its 36th season, the Utsey Series offers outstanding chamber music experiences to the Clemson community at no cost.

Maxim Lando, piano
Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Free – no ticket required

Maxim Lando received international acclaim when, at age 14, global piano sensation Lang Lang chose him to play the left hand of his music when he incurred an injury. Described as a “dazzling fire-eater” (ARTS San Francisco) and a “pianist who dares to do things not considered by others” (ConcertNet, The Classical Music Network), Lando was lauded by critic Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times as displaying “brilliance and infectious exuberance.” Named Musical America’s “New Artist of the Month” in January 2020, Lando was awarded the 2021-22 Vendome Grand Prize, the prestigious 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Award and First Prize at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. At 16, Lando’s sold-out debuts at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center were hailed by The New York Times as a concert “you won’t want to miss!”


Verona Quartet with pianist David Fung
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Free – no ticket required

Acclaimed for its “bold interpretive strength, robust characterization and commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald), the Verona Quartet has firmly established itself amongst the most distinguished ensembles on the chamber music scene. The group’s singular sense of purpose most recently earned them Chamber Music America’s coveted 2020 Cleveland Quartet Award.

Drawing from the mentorship of the esteemed Cleveland, Juilliard and Pacifica quartets, the Verona Quartet’s rapid rise to international prominence was fueled by top prize wins at the Wigmore Hall, Melbourne, M-Prize, Concert Artists Guild and Osaka international competitions. A string quartet for the 21st century, the Verona Quartet champions the rich breadth of the string quartet repertoire from the time-honored canon through contemporary classics. Featured on the program will be Grazyna Bacewicz’s Piano Quintet No. 1 with David Fung on piano.


Goldstein-Peled-Feiterstein Trio
Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Free – no ticket required

Bound by their Israeli roots, pianist Alon Goldstein,cellist Amit Peled and clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein formed the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in 2005. Admired for his musical intelligence and dynamic personality, Goldstein’s artistic vision has made him a favorite with audiences and critics alike throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Israel.
Acclaimed as one of the most virtuosic instrumentalists of the day, cellist Amit Peled has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues. With over a dozen recordings to his credit, one features his 2016 Brooks Center concert when he performed on Pablo Casals’ cello.
A recipient of the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is praised for playing that combines flawless technique and consummate musicianship with graceful phrasing and a warm, soulful tone.


Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Free – no ticket required

Sphinx Virtuosi, the nation’s most dynamic, exhilarating professional chamber orchestra is dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists who perform without a conductor, the musicians are primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition. This unique ensemble had its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has returned annually since 2006. Inspired by the Sphinx Organization’s overarching mission, the musicians work as cultural ambassadors to advance diversity in classical music, while engaging young and new audiences through performances of kaleidoscopically varied repertoire. Masterpieces by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Mozart will be performed alongside seldom-presented works by composers of color.


Department of Performing Arts

The Brooks Center is proud to once again present outstanding student performances, combining the disciplines of music, theatre and audio technology. This season, the Department also introduces its first ever Faculty Spotlight Series, showcasing the talent of its dedicated professors.

Faculty Spotlight Series

Music in the Air XIX
with Dr. Linda Dzuris, University Carilloner and Department Chair
Sunday, September 18, 2022
5 p.m. | Carillon Garden | FREE

Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett, bluegrass duo
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
7:30 p.m. | $20 Adults/ FREE Students

Lisa Sain Odom, soprano
Thursday, March 16, 2023
7:30 p.m. | $20 Adults/ FREE Students

Clemson Players

The Moors by Jen Silverman
Directed by Kerrie Seymour
 
Monday, October 3-Friday, October 7, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 2022 | 3 p.m.
$15 Adults / $10 Students
 
Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. Known as “acerbic, funny…brilliant stuff” (New Haven Review), “The Moors” is a dark comedy about love, desperation and visibility.


A Year with Frog and Toad
Book and lyrics by Willie Reale, Music by Robert Reale
Based on the children’s stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel
 
Directed by Becky Becker
Musical Direction by Lisa Odom
 
Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 3 p.m.
$15 Adults / $10 Students
 
Broadway smash hit, “A Year with Frog and Toad,” was nominated for three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, and featuring a jazzy and upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, “A Year with Frog and Toad” tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Shannon Robert
 
Monday, November 14-Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 | 3 p.m.
$15 Adults / $10 Students
 
Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.


The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess
 
Monday, April 17, 2023-Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2023 | 3 p.m.
 
$15 Adults / $10 Students
 
In this “barnburner of a play” (The Washington Post), two extraordinary women square off in a high-stakes academic debate over race, reputation and who gets the final word on how American history is written. When university professor Janine and her brilliant student Zoe don’t see eye to eye, their routine office hours discussion unexpectedly careens off course — threatening to derail their careers, lives and the status quo.


Student Ensembles

CU Symphonic Band
Monday, November 21, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$5 Adults / Students FREE
Enjoy selections performed by the CU Symphonic Band led by conductor Mark Spede.
 
CU Symphonic Band
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$5 Adults / Students FREE
Traditional band favorites are featured in this concert, along with fascinating new music for the wind ensemble.
 
CU Symphonic Band and CU Concert Band
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$5 Adults / Students FREE
Enjoy selections performed by the CU Symphonic Band and CU Concert Band led by conductors Mark Spede and Timothy Hurlburt.


CU Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
Join us for an evening of inspiring performances by the Clemson Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Emily Schaad, the new Department of Performing Arts Director of Orchestra.
 
CU Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
Enjoy exciting performances by the Clemson Symphony Orchestra.


Clemson University Jazz Ensemble
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$5 Adults / Students FREE
Join the Clemson University Jazz Ensemble as the musicians play various selections ranging from classics to contemporary.
 
Clemson University Jazz Ensemble
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$5 Adults / Students FREE
Make plans to join the Clemson University Jazz Ensemble, The Jungaleers, for an exciting evening of jazz.


CU Singers and Cantorei
Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
The CU Singers will perform a cappella and accompanied works spanning a variety of choral genres. Clemson Cantorei will present a chamber music experience featuring several of our talented faculty on a program that bridges solo instrumental repertoire with choral music into one cohesive program.

CU Singers and Cantorei
Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
CU Singers will present Beethoven’s Mass in C Major for choir, full orchestra and soloists. This Romantic era Mass has been described as a “long-underrated masterpiece.” This will be a rare opportunity to hear the passion and brilliance of Beethoven! Cantorei will perform an evening of inspiring music ranging from classical repertoire to newly composed choral music you will hear for the first time.

CU Men’s and Women’s Choirs
Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
The Men’s and Women’s Choirs will perform an evening of inspiring music ranging from classics to contemporary arrangements.

CU Men’s and Women’s Choirs
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
The Men’s and Women’s Choirs will perform an evening of inspiring choral music, featuring an additional collaboration with special guests from the Choral Arts Exchange program.

CU Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band and Drumline
Thursday, November 3, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
This one-of-a-kind percussion extravaganza features the top marching, concert and world percussion ensembles at Clemson sharing the stage in a celebration of percussion.
 
CU Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band
Friday, April 21, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
The CU Percussion Ensemble features contemporary drumming and percussion from around the world. The CU Steel Band features calypso and soca music from Trinidad and Tobago.


Clemson Choirs presents Sounds of the Season
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 4 p.m.
$25 Adults / $10 Students
Join us for a Clemson holiday tradition featuring an afternoon of holiday favorites performed by each choral ensemble and a festival orchestra. With a sing-along, cookies and a visit by a special guest, this will be an event the whole family can enjoy!


Tigeroar and TakeNote
Friday, November 11, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
The women of TakeNote and the men of Tigeroar team up for their combined show, featuring unique a cappella arrangements for both groups together, and individually.
 
Tigeroar and TakeNote
Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
$10 Adults / $5 Students
The women of TakeNote and the men of Tigeroar perform recent favorite hits and classics from a variety of genres and styles for an exciting night of pop music!


Make your Gift

As a Friend of the Brooks Center, you are instrumental to the success of our programs and the artists we support. When you make your gift of $100 or more, you will enjoy a host of benefits all season long to enhance your Brooks Center experience, such as early access to season tickets, reserved parking, and unique behind-the-scenes experiences.

Visit Us

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
141 Jersey Lane, Clemson, SC 29634
BOX OFFICE HOURS:
Monday – Friday | 1-5 p.m.
and 90 minutes before performances

BOX OFFICE PHONE: 864-656-7787

Contact Us

For more information on the Brooks Center 2022-2023 Season Reveal, contact Caroline Ritchie Stahl, Director of Public Relations at crstahl@clemson.edu.


Brooks Center for the Performing Arts announces its 2022-2023 Season
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