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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Sphinx Virtuosi

Sunday, October 15, 2017 2:00 PM

JFK Centennial Celebration Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, this exciting program offers a collection of concerti through the ages. The program has something for both seasoned listeners as well as young and new audiences, and showcases tremendous variety in languages and styles.

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, this exciting program offers a collection of concerti through the ages. This national organization is dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, and the Virtuosi are composed of winners of the renowned Sphinx Competition. The ensemble has caused a major, positive shift in the landscape of chamber artists, joining us for an evening that includes beloved masterpieces as well as new works. The program has something for both seasoned listeners as well as young and new audiences, and showcases tremendous variety in languages and styles. Some notable winners of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence are sopranos Julia Bullock and Janai Brugger, composer Gabriela Frank, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and violinist Elena Urioste.

Part of the Terrace Theater re-opening celebration!
A Fortas co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts.

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Notes from Joseph "Yossi" Kalichstein, Artistic Director of Fortas
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This amazing, conductor-less chamber orchestra is returning to help us celebrate the Terrace Theater re-opening. The group is 20 strong, yet with each individual an equally potent force. We have come to associate the word "concerto" with the image of a lone soloist in conversation with (or, in P.D.Q. Bach's creator Peter Schickele's immortal coinage, against) a huge orchestra. But, in its origin, it very often was yet another form of chamber music, pitting one set of instruments against another. Sphinx is celebrating its 20th anniversary by giving a Concerto Grosso overview, from the Baroque to the present, with a transcription of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge thrown in for good measure.

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This program is part ofJFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, inspired by five enduring ideals often ascribed to JFK: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude.
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