Sphinx Virtuosi 2014: a College of the Arts Benefit Concert
The Sphinx Virtuosi 2014 tour presents a dynamic tribute to American music, with a nod to great masters through out history. The program features works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, John Corigliano, John B. Hedges, Marcus Goddard and Mark O’Connor. Jessie Montgomery, Sphinx composer-in-residence, premieres her new work for string orchestra entitled "Banner!" Built on themes from America's history with current ideals and inspirations, the piece is a compelling take on the beloved anthem and all for which it stands.
Comprised of the nation's top Black and Latino classical soloists, members of the Sphinx Virtuosi are cultural ambassadors and alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition for Young Black and Latino String Players who reunite each fall to tour the nation and reach new audiences. The full string orchestra is comprised of 18 string players. The 4 principal chairs of this orchestra are the members of the Catalyst Quartet. A recent winner of the Sphinx Competition will also perform as soloist and with the orchestra. Except for this younger competition winner, Sphinx Virtuosi members are all professional musicians who are based through the United States.
The Sphinx Organization is a national non-profit, headquartered in Detroit, MI and founded by Dr. Aaron P. Dworkin. Sphinx works to create positive change in the arts field and in communities across the country through a variety of programs organized into four main principles: Education & Access, Artist Development, Performing Artists and Arts Leadership. Through these programs, Sphinx is constantly working toward fulfilling its mission of transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.
The SPHINX VIRTUOSI, led by the Catalyst Quartet, is one of the nation's most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation's top Black and Latino classical soloists, these alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences. This unique ensemble earned rave reviews from The New York Times during its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in December 2004. Allan Kozinn described their performance as “first-rate in every way” and “the ensemble produced a more beautiful, precise and carefully shaped sound than some fully professional orchestras that come through Carnegie Hall in the course of the year.”
The Sphinx Virtuosi Tour offers a diverse program featuring well-known repertoire in addition to works by African-American and Latino composers, including works by Mozart, Piazzolla, Michael Abels, Coleridge-Taylor, Perkinson, and others.
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Tickets are available at the PSU Box Office.
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