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Famed clarinetist David Shifrin to perform at APSU Jan. 24


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, the Clarksville Community Concert Association will present David Shifrin, one of the world’s most noted clarinetists, at the Austin Peay State University Music/Mass Communication Building’s concert hall.  Shifrin will play a concert of great masterworks of the clarinet repertory, including a Poulenc Sonata for Two Clarinets, Dr. Mingzhe Wang, assistant professor of clarinet at APSU, assisting. Gloria Chien will be the pianist for this concert.

“I am absolutely honored and excited to be playing a duet with him,” Wang said. “He transfixes audiences with his playing,” Wang said. “They tend to forget that he is playing a clarinet because he brings the music to the foreground.  The clarinet just seems to disappear. Shifrin brings an incomparable elegance to the stage with his artistry, virtuosity, and nuance.”  

Shifrin has received critical acclaim, appearing at such venues as Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times described him as “first among equals” and his playing as “luminous … complemented ideally by…Ms. Chien’s buoyant touch.”

Shifrin has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra and American Symphony Orchestra and collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis and pianists Emanuel Ax and Andre Watts.   

He will also lead a master class with APSU clarinet students on Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. in the Concert Hall.
 Tickets to the concert can be obtained online at or calling the ticket chair at 931-552-6093 or 1-877-811-0200. Tickets are only $5 for non-APSU students and $25 for adults. Austin Peay students with an APSU ID are admitted free of charge.  

The CCCA concert series is co-sponsored by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and The Leaf Chronicle.