October 4, 2016

CSA Hosts Sphinx Virtuosi In Charlotte

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Thanks to the generous support of the Arts & Science Council and the Knight Foundation, Community School of the Arts will bring the Sphinx Virtuosi to Charlotte to present special educational and community-wide performances Oct. 12-14, 2016.

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 African-American and Latino classical soloists, these alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences. Inspired by Sphinx’s overarching mission, the Sphinx Virtuosi works to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through performances of varied repertoire.

During its time in Charlotte, the Sphinx Virtuosi will visit approximately 15 schools to provide a number of experiences for students, including school-wide performances, smaller performances for arts departments, orchestra classes, and master classes for orchestra students.

Sphinx will also present two free public performances of the concert “Latin Voyages: Viajes Latinos” for the community. The concert takes the listener on a journey — a quest from the tantalizing Argentine tango to the nocturnal imagery of Mexico, a grand tribute to the great Piazzolla, and a final invitation to a Catalan dance. Sphinx invites concertgoers to explore the great palette of the strings medium through the prism of celebrated composers of Latin heritage. Celebrate the intricate mosaic of sounds and colors that pay homage to our vastly diverse heritage through music.

CSA is happy to partner with The Mint Museum for the first free community concert, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the museum’s Uptown location (500 South Tryon St., Charlotte).

The second free community concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at First Baptist Church West (1801 Oaklawn Ave., Charlotte).

Online ticket reservations has ended. Additional free tickets will be handed out at the door.

6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Mint Museum Uptown (500 North Tryon St.)

7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at First Bapitst Church West (1801 Oaklawn Ave.)