CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The New York-based Toomai String Quintet will perform a program titled “Songs Without Words” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in the Austin Peay State University Mabry Concert Hall. The evening marks the first concert of the 2013-14 Clarksville Community Concert Series, and it also is a component of the University’s annual Honors Orchestra Festival.
The quintet formed in 2007 at The Julliard School, and it is comprised of violinists Emilie-Anne Gendron and Pala García, violist Erin Wright, and double bassist Andrew Roitstein. Eli Lara, APSU assistant professor of music, will join the quintet as guest cellist during the concert. The ensemble has played at Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, the Philadelphia Arts Alliance and the Miami Civic Music Association.
Praised for their innovative outreach programs, the Toomai Quintet performs concert music from the classical and contemporary repertoire while exploring and arranging music from around the world. The ensemble’s varied Clarksville program will feature arrangements of Renaissance madrigals, suites by Luigi Boccherini and Manuel Ponce and a substantial portion of J.S. Bach’s famous “Goldberg Variations.”
The Toomai Quintet’s program is the first in a series of five concerts presented by the Clarksville Community Concert Association for its 2013-14 season. The subscription series continues in mid-November with the renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Next spring’s concerts include a recital by baritone Andrew Garland in January, an evening of solo piano music performed by Conrad Tao in early February and an appearance by the Grégoire Maret Jazz Quintet during the 53rd Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival in early April.
Tickets for the entire series, which includes complimentary admission to the entire Live at the Alhambra series of performances presented by the Pennyroyal (Kentucky) Arts Council, are available online at www.clarksvillemusic.org or by calling 877-811-0200. APSU students are admitted to all Clarksville Community Concerts free with identification.