The Orchestra, which has been performing throughout the mid-south for the last 24 years, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 31 in the APSU Music/Mass Communication Building. Once the lights go down, the up-tempo and nostalgic sounds of 1930s and 1940s America will ring through the auditorium as they perform classic arrangements from great bandleaders such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.
Monday’s show, however, is only the first in a series of five outstanding concerts coming to town thanks to the Clarksville Community Concert Association. The CCCA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting musical performances of high merit to Clarksville-Montgomery County. The CCCA is partially funded by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.
On Oct. 8, the series will bring pianist Gabriela Montero to town. The Venezuela native previously performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
This Jan. 10, 2010, Nikolai Massenkoff, star of the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival will bring his unique vocal talents to APSU.
A little more than a month later, on Feb. 22, the Gateway Chamber Ensemble, made up of many of the area’s leading musicians, will perform a program consisting of milestone works of both the past and present.
The series comes to a close on April 10, when the Joel Frahm Jazz Quartet stops by APSU. Frahm was recently selected in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as a “Rising Star” in the category of tenor saxophone.
Tickets to Monday’s performance by the Todd Hill Orchestra are free for APSU students, $12 for all other students and $25 for everyone else.
Information about the concert series is available online at www.clarksvillemusic.org.