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Todd Hill & His Orchestra brought that big band sound back to APSU


The Clarksville Community Concert Association presented an evening with Todd Hill and his Orchestra at the Music and Mass Communications building at APSU on Tuesday September 7th 2010.  The Orchestra is a crowd favorite and generally performs once a year. This however was a special bonus concert and was paid for by an anonymous donor in memory of cherished community members  (See list below). The concert kicked off the Clarksville Community Concert Association’s 2010-11 Community Concert Series which features five concerts from some of the world’s best musicians

Todd Hill & his Orchestra ’s repertoire features an amazing selection of Swing and Jazz, including numbers from Bennie Goodman, Count Baise, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Frank Foster, George Gershwin, Glenn Miller, and many more. Performing for over twenty-five years. The Orchestra has been featured at a number of venues, ranging from Mississippi Casinos to upscale Concert Halls. The vast majority of the musicians in the Orchestra have been members for more than fifteen years, eight members have served over twenty years.

Todd Hill & his Orchestra at APSU on September 7th

Todd Hill & his Orchestra at APSU on September 7th

Their performances are upbeat, and feature that crisp clean sound that is the signature of the Big Band Era. The Brass Section raised the roof on the concert hall on more than one occasion. Director Todd Hill played the Piano, and for most of the evening provided the vocals.  A number of the Orchestra members were former Austin Peay students, and lead trumpet player Richard Steffen is a faculty member in the APSU Music Department.

If you missed the show, Todd Hill graciously allowed us to provide the following video their performance.

They have a CD of their music available at their web site,

In Memory

The bonus concert was in memory of the following individuals.

John M. Allen   Richard E. Lindsay
Robert Batson   Katherine (Kay) Mayer
Kathleen Thayer Beach   Robert Creedy Moore
Mildred J. Booth   John O. Morris
Carlos B. Brewer   Kenneth Olson
Margaret Hatcher Christoph   Lewis (Louie) Perry
Edward Doyle Chatham   Barry D. Podell
Thomas Wynne Cowan   Dorothy Garriety Riggins
Joseph (Joey) Filippo   Ruth Simmons
Mary Ready Fott   Joe A. Sutfin
Benjimen Aaron Germany   Robert E. Wakeman
George D. Gracey Jr.   Charles McManus Waters
Sybil Barnette Harris   Marcelite Farris Welker
Dana Bernat Hackman   Allan S. (Al) Williams

Photo Gallery

The Orchestra

Name Instrument Hometown
Dr. J. Derek Jones Lead Alto Sax, Clarinet Murray, KY
Michael T. Congiardo Alto Sax Trenton, TN
Ron Bramlage Tenor Sax Ft. Mitchell, KY
Gerald W. McGuire Tenor Sax Jackson, TN
Cory S. Bridges Baritone Sax Milan, TN
Richard Steffen Lead Trumpet Clarksville, TN
Ped Foster Trumpet Union City, TN
Howard Luttrell Trumpet Owensboro, KY
L. Joe Farmer Trumpet Martin, TN
Dean W. Smith Lead Trombone Mascoutah, IL
Lucy W. Presson Trombone Paris, TN
Tony Brown Bass Trombone Murray, KY
Todd E. Hill Orchestra Director/Piano/Vocals Murray, KY
Andy Brown Guitar Murfreesboro, TN
Joe Tarentino String Bass Eddyville, KY
John D. Madole Drums Nashville, TN

2010-11 Community Concert Series

The show was the kicks off a series of five outstanding concerts that are being brought to town by the Clarksville Community Concert Association (CCCA). The CCCA strives to present musical performances of high artistic merit in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area, and to promote the interest in. and enjoyment of live concerts through community outreach and education. The Community Concert Series is one of the major cultural resources for our community. Help support them by becoming a subscribing member.

Ying Quartet

The first concert of the new season is scheduled for 7:30 pm on October 1st when the world renown Ying Quartet is scheduled to perform. Their brilliantly commutative performances give a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music that is applicable in today’s world. The Jazzcat who broadcasts on KJAZZ 88.1FM at the University of California State at Long Beach had this to say about the Ying Quartet.

Sweet sounds are simply music and the Ying String Quartet emotes music that simply gives us freedom of thought…On the stage just four chairs, with four instruments and four humans who are so connected that they might as well be the instruments themselves. Speakers, light shows and electricity are not needed to tell these stories of love in flowing phrases that melt into our bloodstream and become our thoughts of escape into musical bliss.

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It’s going to be an amazing show!

Danielle Talamantes

Next up is Soprano Danielle Talamantes who brings her incredibly luxuriant voice and uncanny ability to connect with her the audiences to APSU’s MMC Concert Hall on October 22nd. She is coming to APSU as part of the The National Opera Association’s Song fest. She recently won first place and received the Merle McIntruff Award for Musical Excellence at the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus Vocal Competition., and has received critical acclaim for her opera performances.

Danielle Talamantes’ lovely operatic voice was marvelously vibrant and nuanced. – Cecelia Porter, Washington Post

Danielle Talamantes was a standout as a sassy, pert and very pretty Susanna with spot-on comic timing, She was as adept with facial and vocal expressions as she was with the lute in Act II – Mark Estren, Washington Post

Ms. Talamantes’s portrait of the jilted sweetheart, Micaëla, may have been the strongest performance of this role I have ever heard – David Lindauer, The Capital

Fisk Jubilee Singers

Kicking off 2011 will be the The Fisk Jubilee Singers on Janurary 20th, They will be performing in Clarksville, TN for the very first time. The historic group has been touring the world since 1871 singing slave songs (what is now known as Negro spirituals). They have consistently broken racial barriers in the United states and Europe, and were awarded a National Medal of Arts in 2008, the highest recognition for artistic excellence given by the United States Government.

Ana Vidovic

Next up will be Croatian-born Ana Vidovic, a classical guitarist. She will be playing in a concert on February 28th. Her virtuoso talent and formidable gifts place her amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Ms. Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas and St. Louis.

She has won the Albert Augustine International Competition in England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Spain. She has also competed and placed highly the in Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, the Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, the Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium, and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.

John Pizzarelli and the Swing Seven

Closing out the next season on April 8th, 2011 will be John Pizzarelli and The Swing Seven who will be participating in the 50th annual Mid-South Jazz Festival. It is with the generous support of Austin Peay State University and its President Tim Hall, that the Clarksville Community Concert Association was able to schedule this amazing artist.

John Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader. Internationally known for classic standards, late-night ballads, and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings, He hosts “Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli” a nationally syndicated radio program co-hosted with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey.

Hear what others had to say about the Community Concert Series

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Montgomery County Mayor

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President of Austin Peay State University

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Director, APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts

Become a member

The Clarksville Community Concert Association is able to bring this caliber of artists to our city due to the support of people like you. Become a member today!

Yearly Membership

A Value Subscription Package consisting of tickets to each of the five concerts (Purchased on or before September 15th, 2010)

Family: $300 (includes up to four children)
Adult: $100
Youth: $50 (18 and younger or *non-APSU student with ID)

In addition to the five community concert series concert as a subscriber, you also get complimentary passes to attend the Pennyroyal Arts Council’s Live at the Alhambra series in Hopkinsville.

Individual tickets to the concerts *

Adult: $25
Youth: $12 (18 and younger or *non-APSU student with ID)

Online ticketing is now available at the Community Concert Association’s web site. You can purchase both Season Subscriptions and individual concert tickets via credit card any time, day or night.

*APSU students with valid ID admitted free to series concerts

Tax Deductable Donations

You can also make a tax deductible donation to help support the CCCA’s mission. The donor levels are:

  • $25: Patron
  • $50: Donor
  • $100: Friend
  • $250: Benefactor
  • $500: Corporate
  • $1000: Underwriter

Contact Sharon Nass at 931-647-7288 for more information on making a donation to the Clarksville Community Concert Association.

About the Clarksville Community Concert Association

The Clarksville Community Concert Association under the auspices of Mid-Cumberland Arts League, is a nonprofit 501 (c-3) organization dedicated to presenting musical performances of high artistic merit in Clarksville-Montgomery County and promoting interest in and enjoyment of live concerts through community outreach and education.

The goals of the CCCA are achieved with support from the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, subscriptions, corporate donors, private contributors, as well as ticket sales.

The organization is operated by an all-volunteer board of directors and officers consisting of subscribing members from the community.

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