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  • The eighteen formally dressed musicians of Sphinx Virtuosi pose with their classical instruments and smile for the camera. (Kevin Kennedy)
  • Sphinx Virtuosi's eighteen classical musicians wear formal gowns and tuxedos while they perform a musical piece. (Nan Melville)

Sphinx Virtuosi
Latin Voyages: Viajes Latinos

7:30 pm Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the nation’s most dynamic professional orchestras, consists of eighteen classical soloists. The musicians are alumni of Detroit’s internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition, which provides educational and performance opportunities to Black and Latino musicians. The orchestra’s Carnegie Hall premiere earned rave reviews. The performance was “first-rate in every way,” writes a New York Times critic.

Catalyst Quartet, whose members perform as a chamber ensemble and as principal musicians in Sphinx Virtuosi, made its central Pennsylvania debut last season as part of a residency at Penn State.

Members of Sphinx Virtuosi have performed as soloists with America’s major ensembles, including New York Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Pittsburgh. Members also hold professional orchestral positions. Several players have been named laureates of other prestigious competitions, including the Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin.

Latin Voyages: Viajes Latinos, the ensemble’s fall 2016 tour, takes audiences on a journey that includes zesty Argentine tango, nocturnal images of Mexico, and a tribute to the great Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. The program invites listeners to explore the great palette of the string medium through the prism of celebrated and lesser-known composers. The music, which celebrates the intricate mosaic of sounds and colors of the diverse Latin heritage, includes works by Alberto Williams, Javier Álvarez, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Cesar Espejo, Osvaldo Golijov, Alberto Ginastera, and, of course, Piazzolla.

Adult $42
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $32

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coolBlue Concert and Conversation

1:00 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center Courtyard

Free and open to the public

The public is invited to hear a quartet of Sphinx Virtuosi musicians perform a brief concert. The one-hour session also includes conversation with the musicians and an ice cream social.

A Conversation with Sphinx Musicians and Tim Melbinger

3:00 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Penn State Altoona
Misciagna Family Center Titelman Study

Free and open to the public

A group of Sphinx Virtuosi musicians will participate in a forum, Marginalized Communities and the Arts, led by Penn State Altoona faculty member Tim Melbinger. The musicians will perform excerpts from their repertoire and take part in a conversation about access to the arts in minority communities.

An Evening with Sphinx Virtuosi

7:30 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Penn State Altoona
Misciagna Family Center Wolf-Kuhn Theatre

Free and open to the public

The Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra performs selections from its repertoire.

Free tickets, required for the evening concert, are available at the Misciagna Box Office, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at the door. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna lot. For more information, phone the box office at 814-949-5452 or visit Penn State Altoona online.