Sphinx Virtuosi

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall

Presented in partnership with KLRU’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming and the Butler School of Music String Project

The Sphinx Virtuosi, led by the Catalyst Quartet, is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. This 18-piece conductorless orchestra is comprised of alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. These critically acclaimed cultural ambassadors unite each fall for a national tour.

Based in Detroit, Michigan, the Annual Sphinx Competition began in 1997. The competition gives Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete, work with an internationally renowned panel of judges, and to perform with professional musicians.

The New York Times described The Sphinx Virtuosi (formerly Sphinx Chamber Orchestra) as “first-rate in every way…they 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.” 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.

The New York Times hailed the Catalyst Quartet as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor.” Prizewinner of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012, the string quartet is comprised of alumni and top Laureates of the Sphinx Competition. In addition to leading the Sphinx Virtuosi on the annual national tours, Catalyst Quartet maintains a busy performing schedule of its own.

Catalyst Quartet Members
Karla Donehew Perez, violin
Jessie Montgomery, violin
Paul Laraia, viola
Karlos Rodriguez, cello

“A top-notch ensemble… tightly woven sound and palpable zest.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“The Virtuosi’s playing combined zest, attention to detail, tight ensemble and glistening or deeply amorous tone quality.”
The Washington Post

The Catalyst Quartet

The Catalyst Quartet

Gabi Frank, Coquetteos
John Hedges, Prayers of Rain and Wind, SV with Xavier Foley bass solo
Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, Sinfonietta No 1, complete
Jessie Montgomery, Banner!
Marcus Goddard, Allaqi, CQ
John Corigliano, Voyage for String Orchestra
Aaron Copland, Two Pieces for String Orchestra
Mark O’Connor, Elevations


Youth Performance
Thursday, October 2 | 11:00 am | Bass Concert Hall
For students in grades 7-12
Reservations required. Call 512.471.2131

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