Dear Friends,

Great work is never done in isolation. The Brooks Center is what it is because of the personal and financial support given by you who believe in the power of the arts to change lives forever. Your donations have enabled us to present outstanding performances, have paid for conference and employment opportunities for our students, and have helped us maintain a state-of-the-art facility.

We are excited to announce a new leadership team at the Brooks Center. Thomas Hudgins, who has worked here for six years, will be Managing Director; Sarah Edison, a performing arts graduate who has worked here for four years, will become the Director of Outreach and Operations; and Dr. Eric Lapin, a faculty member who has taught music courses since 2009, will serve as Director of Artistic Initiatives. These young professionals are bright, love Clemson and the Brooks Center, and we know they are going to do a terrific job.

Our long-awaited dream of a new, accessible entrance to the Brooks Center is going to be a reality.

The architects are finishing their drawings, the project will go out for bid, and work will begin. As with any construction, we will have to endure some temporary inconvenience, but the wait will be worth it. We are grateful to Clemson’s administration for making this a reality.

We hope we can count on you for your support for the 2017-2018 season. You are the stars that make the Brooks Center shine!


Lillian "Mickey" Harder and David Hartmann


Featuring the Brooks Center's premier visiting artists and attractions.


Thursday, September 7

Sponsored by Bill Dowler

Balsam Range, a bluegrass and acoustic music group founded in 2007 by five friends in North Carolina, received both the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Song of the Year” awards. In 2014, the band won the IBMA “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year” awards. Elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music are all infused into the fresh sound of this unique Southern band.


Thursday, October 19

Audiences and critics worldwide praise the talented singers of the Vienna Boys Choir for their celestial voices, pure tone, and wide-ranging repertoire. With a rich history spanning more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir has been associated with many of the world’s great composers, including Mozart, Bruckner, and former chorister Franz Schubert.



Tuesday, October 24

Created by 10-time Latin Grammy®-winner Javier Limón, The Paco de Lucía Project reassembles the original band that toured with the legendary Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer during the last 10 years of his career. Paco de Lucía’s longtime collaborator and producer Javier Limón brings the secrets of flamenco to the highest level to create an experience that honors the legacy of de Lucía.


Sunday, October 29

This lavish new stage production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O'Brien (three-time Tony Award®-winner whose credits include Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia), celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the most successful movie musical in history, (as well as the 2013 NBC television production, The Sound of Music Live, seen by over 44 million people). The beloved story of Maria and the Von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and the title song.


Friday, December 8

Delores St. Clair Wright Christmas Show

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with The Midtown Men as they return to the Brooks Center to debut their “Holiday Hits” show, blending iconic rock-and-roll hits of the 1960s with the all-time greatest holiday classics. The group will perform “Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Christmas Waltz,” and “Sherry” with their dynamic choreography, electrifying arrangements, and signature four-part harmony.


Thursday, January 25

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Enjoy some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.


Tuesday, January 30

Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for “Best New Play,” Katori Hill’s The Mountaintop is rife with humor and politics, while giving us a glimpse of the private side of Martin Luther King Jr. The Mountaintop premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently ran on Broadway starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. Join us as we reflect on the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination. Presented by L.A. Theatre Works, this play contains some mature language.


featuring TOMMY IGOE

Thursday, February 1

Directed by drummer Tommy Igoe and featuring some of the finest musicians in New York, The Birdland All-Stars have thrilled audiences at “The Jazz Corner of the World” for the last decade. Returning to the road for the first time in five years, the ensemble has created new arrangements of music by David Bowie, The Police, and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock.


Monday, February 5

Founded in 1912, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is one of Sweden’s oldest orchestras. In addition to regular guest appearances on major Scandinavian stages, the HSO has had many successes at prominent European venues, such as three sold-out recent concerts at the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg and in Vienna. The program will include Smetana’s Sarka from Ma Vlast, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor.


Monday, February 26

Blending technical virtuosity and comedic brilliance, this brass septet from Austria is an international sensation. With over 130 concerts a year, Mnozil Brass routinely sells out houses worldwide and garners millions of YouTube views. The group returns to North America with a show that blends original compositions with classical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits. As always, the repertoire is presented with the group’s iconic humor and wit in scenes worthy of Monty Python.


Monday, March 5

The 40 dancers of Lezginka State Dance Company will present a dazzling display of traditional folk songs and dances, awesome acrobatics, sumptuous costumes, and riveting drum and saber work that reflects the spirit of the Daghestan people. Don’t miss this festival of dance, elegance, beauty, and fire.


Monday, March 26

Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth largest ballet company. Comprised of a stellar array of young dancers from around the world, Houston Ballet II performs a diverse range of dance works such as excerpts from the great classics like The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia to works by notable choreographers George Balanchine, John Neumeier, and August Bournonville. Houston Ballet II tours nationally and internationally, and has performed in Mexico, China, Hungary, Guatemala, Germany, and Switzerland.

Explore the Family Series

Presenting family-friendly entertainment at affordable prices for multiple generations to enjoy.

Photo by Florence Montmare


Tuesday, October 10

Air Play is a wordless, comic spectacle that is equally at home in the theater, circus, and modern art museum. Created by the comedic duo Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, Air Play merges the high art of Daniel Wurtzel’s extraordinary air sculptures with Seth and Christina’s crowd-pleasing comedy. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

Photo by Christine Bush


Friday, April 13

Swiss-based theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has dazzled audiences worldwide for more than 45 years through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects. The “musicians of silence” in Mummenschanz’s new show, “you & me,” bring to life the large-scale masks you’ve grown to love and revive a historic tradition of acrobatics.



Pre-season ticket purchases and preferential seating* are donor benefits for the Friends of the Brooks Center.

Donations must be received by June 30, 2017 to receive benefits for the 2017-2018 Season.

Pre-season ticket order forms for the 2017-2018 season are due by mail or in person to the box office by June 30, 2017. If you become a donor, you will receive a pre-season ticket order form in the May issue of Expression.

*Preferential seating is assigned according to the level of giving:

1. $250+ Donors

2. $100 - $249 Donors

**The box office opens to the general public on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.


THE FOUNDERS ($10,000-$24,999), a named sponsorship of one Brooks Center event and one use of the Markvan Bellamy Brooks Theatre

CLEMSON FELLOWS ($5,000-$9,999), one use of the Yvonne Childers Brooks Lobby

CLEMSON AMBASSADORS ($2,500-$4,999), one use of the Wade Woodward Jr. Green Room or the Brooks Center Courtyard

PRESIDENTS CLUB ($1,000-$2,499), invitation to attend Presidents Club experiences

ORDER OF THE SILVER TIGER ($500-$999), reserved parking in Patrons’ Row

UNIVERSITY CLUB ($250-$499), preferential seating in the Brooks Theatre, two tickets to the 2018-2019 Season Launch Party

CENTURY CLUB ($100-$249), early access to tickets, recognition in select Brooks Center programs, and subscription to our quarterly newsletter, Expression


Please visit our website to learn more about the Brooks Center and the Department of Performing Arts as well as our outreach program the Bill & Donna Eskridge Tri-ART Series.

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