Clarksville Community Concert Series 2

Variant 6, a young choral ensemble from Philadelphia, kicked off the first concert of the Clarksville Community Concert Series last week at Austin Peay State University.

Nearly 200 people attended the Clarksville Community Concert Association’s kickoff of its annual season with the first of five performances scheduled through March on the campus of Austin Peay State University. 

The first performance of the season Oct. 22 featured a choral ensemble known as Variant 6. 

Four Clarksville-Montgomery County High School choral programs attended Tuesday’s concert, including students from Northeast High School, Montgomery Central High School, Clarksville High School and Rossview High School. 

Variant 6, consisting of three men and three women, traveled to Tennessee from Philadelphia and also made appearances in Cincinnati and Nashville along the way. 

The ensemble’s performers, all professional musicians, included tenor Steven Bradshaw, soprano Kathryn Radakovich, tenor James Reese, bass-baritone Daniel Schwartz, mezzo-soprano Elisa Sutherland and soprano Clara Swartzentruber. 

Variant 6 began their performance with music from the Baroque period, with two works from the 1600s by composer Claudio Monteverdi. 

Matt Zucker on cello and John Walthausen on harpsichord joined the singers on stage. 

After intermission, Variant 6 used their harmonies to entertain the audience with more modern pieces from the 21st century. 

The final two pieces enhanced individual voice techniques the group described such as yodeling, overtone singing and throaty breath games.

The Clarksville Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting music performances of high artistic merit in Clarksville-Montgomery County. 

It focuses on promoting interest in live concerts through community outreach and education.

The November through March performances include: 

• Randall Goosby, a prodigious young violinist, Nov. 21.

• Goldstein Peled Fiterstein Trio, with piano, cello and clarinet, Feb. 6. 

• Ana Vidovic, classical guitarist, March 3.

• Messenger Lagacy, a jazz combo, including many alumni from Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers, March 21.

All concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at Austin Peay at the corner of Eighth and Marion streets in Clarksville. 

More information about the concert series and tickets for either individual performances or for the season are available at clarksvillemusic.org.

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Ticket prices: 

Adults: $25

Military, seniors, educators: $22.50

Students: $5

Austin Peay students: Free

Group rates of 10 or more adults: $20 

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