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Sacred & Profane
Variant 6

Friday - 8:00pm (ET)
April 21, 2023

University Lutheran
3637 Chestnut Street Philadelphia PA 19104
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$15 – $35

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Bowerbird is pleased to present vocal group Variant 6 at University Lutheran performing “Sacred & Profane” – madrigals in a kaleidoscope of texts and sounds: medieval prayers set by Benjamin Britten, a Dowland song deconstructed by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, traditional Berber chants arranged by Edith Canat de Chizy, and a set of madrigals in the exuberant and inventive musical style of Paul Hindemith. Our sole a cappella show, Variant 6 explores how text and music intertwine in strange and beautiful ways.

Variant 6 is a virtuosic vocal sextet, led by co-artistic directors Rebecca Myers and Elisa Sutherland. Variant 6 explores the expressive potential of the human voice through vocal chamber music that is at once virtuosic, poignant, and approachable. Composed of artists with a diverse set of skills and a wide range of expertise, we seek out repertoire that embodies this potential. We collaborate with artists of many disciplines, creating refreshing interpretations of music of the past and innovative premieres of new works. Our concerts are unique and intimate musical experiences that foster deep conversation between artists and audience. Variant 6’s artists have performed with internationally recognized ensembles, including Roomful of Teeth, Bang on a Can, American Composers Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Bach Project, Piffaro, Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and more. Our singers have appeared as soloists with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Philadelphia, the American Bach Soloists, Philadelphia Orchestra, Lyric Fest Philadelphia, and with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. Many of our members regularly sing with Philadelphia’s contemporary music choir, The Crossing. Collectively, we hold degrees from Indiana University, Northwestern University, Westminster Choir College, Temple University, and the University of the Arts.


This is an “in person” event.   In consideration of the ongoing pandemic and the safety of those in our community, Bowerbird is requiring all audience members, staff, and performers to wear a mask while inside the venue (please note that musicians will have the option to perform without masks once on stage).

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