Vocal sextet to perform Feb. 28 at Ripon College

Variant 6, a vocal sextet, will perform Friday, Feb. 28, as part of the Chamber Music and Jazz at Ripon series of Ripon College. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.

The ensemble is based in Philadelphia and gives virtuosic performances of early and new music. By performing rarely heard works, commissioning new works, collaborating with other artists and ensembles, and educating young musicians, Variant 6 seeks to advance the art of vocal chamber music in the 21st century.

The vocalists are Rebecca Myers and Sarah Yanovitch, sopranos; Elisa Sutherland, mezzo; James Reese and Daniel Taylor, tenors; and Daniel Schwartz, bass.

Selections will include “Haec Dies,” by Herbert Howells; movements from “Il quarto libro de madrigali,” by Claudio Monteverdi; modern madrigals; “Translucence,” by Donna McKevitt; “Yes, I am your angel,” by Gabriel Jackson; “First Pink,” by Paul Fowler; “Sumptuous Planet,” by David Shapiro; “Supplice,” by Benjamin C S Boyle; and “The Sea’s Wash in the Hollow of the Heart,” by Joanne Metcalf.

Variant 6 has performed with internationally recognized ensembles such as Roomful of Teeth, Bang on a Can, The Crossing, American Composers Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia.

The artists also have appeared as soloists and maintain busy performing and teaching schedules in Philadelphia and New York.


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