Denyce Graves to Join Sphinx Virtuosi and Catalyst Quartet at Harris Theater, 10/1
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Catalyst Quartet, Denyce Graves
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance welcomes back the internationally renowned Sphinx Virtuosi (formerly known as the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra) and the Catalyst Quartet, joined by celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves on Tuesday October 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm. This one-time collaboration between Ms. Graves and Sphinx can only be seen at the Harris.
Lauded by the New York Times as "first rate in every way," the Sphinx Virtuosi and Catalyst Quartet are comprised of the top Laureates of the national Sphinx Competition for young African American and Latino string players. The ensemble will perform a diverse program to include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Britten, and more, along with a special selection of spiritual arrangements sung live by Graves.
"We're thrilled to welcome back the inspiring Sphinx Virtuosi, and even more thrilled to welcome Denyce Graves for her first appearance on the Harris stage," said Michael Tiknis, President and Managing Director of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. "This exciting collaboration pairs an exceptional organization with an exceptionally talented artist, in a one-of-a kind performance here in Chicago."
Tiknis added, "As we enter our 10th anniversary year, the Harris continues to enhance its mission of facilitating artistic collaborations. This is one of those occasions, broadening the scope of artistry and cultural diversity with new ideas and unique partnerships."
Fresh off her appearance at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Ms. Graves has selected three songs of Gospel and folk origin, a departure from the typical Sphinx repertoire. This marks the only Sphinx performance that will feature Ms. Graves during the group's fall tour, which includes a stop at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra made its Chicago debut at the Harris in 2008 as part of the Theater's Fifth Anniversary Season.
The program for the Sphinx Virtuosi engagement includes:
Piazzolla Tango No. 1 "Coral", Tango No. 2 "Cantengue"
Lee III Spiritual arrangements
Denyce Graves and Sphinx Virtuosi
Perkinson Louisiana Blues Strut: A Cakewalk
Adé Williams, violin
Bach Goldberg Variations
Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Cellos and String Orchestra in G minor
Gabriel Cabezas, cello
Christine Lamprea, cello
Perkinson Sinfonietta No. 1, Rondo: Allegro Furioso
Tickets to this special performance are $10 - $25 and are on sale now at the Harris Theater Box Office located in Millennium Park at 205 E. Randolph Dr., by calling 312-334-7777 or online at www.harristheaterchicago.org.
The Harris Theater believes that all families should have the ability to benefit from the inspiration and powerful healing effects of music and dance, regardless of their financial limitations. To ensure that the arts remain a vital part of the community during challenging economic times and beyond, the Harris Theater's Access Tickets Program pledges to provide a minimum of 10% of Sphinx Virtuosi tickets free of charge to children and families through partnerships with 23 health and human service and community based organizations. Thanks to the generous support of our funders and patrons, the program will provide a unique live arts experience to 1,250 children and their families this season.
The internationally heralded Sphinx Virtuosi is an ensemble comprised of the top Laureates of the national Sphinx Competition for young African American and Latino string players. Inspired by Sphinx's mission to increase participation of African American and Latinos in music schools; as professional musicians; and as classical music audiences; Sphinx Virtuosi works to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through performances of varied repertoire. Sphinx Virtuosi is admired for its performances of masterpieces by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart, alongside the more seldom presented works by composers of color, including Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, George Walker, Michael Abels and Astor Piazzolla. The group earned rave reviews from the New York Times in December of 2004, during its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall; the Sphinx Virtuosi has returned to Carnegie Hall annually performing to sold-out audiences with over 2,800 patrons in attendance at each performance.