Sphinx Virtuosi to Perform at Schwab Auditorium

Sphinx Virtuosi, a self-conducting orchestra featuring 18 string-instrument soloists of African-American and Hispanic descent, explores musical heritage with ‘Latin Voyages: Viajes Latinos’ on September 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium.

The performance will feature Argentine tango and audial representations of Mexico and Latin heritage in works by Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Williams, Javier Álvarez, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Cesar Espejo, Osvaldo Golijov and Alberto Ginastera. Ticket prices for the concert is as follows:

  • $42 for an adult
  • $15 for a University Park student
  • $32 for a person 18 and younger

These tickets are available online at www.cpa.psu.edu or by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Complimentary parking for the performance will be offered at the Eisenhower Parking Deck, and complimentary wheelchair-accessible shuttle service will be provided from the parking deck to Schwab.

The Sphinx Organization, founded by Aaron Dworkin and led by Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, aims to cultivate an appreciation of the arts among minorities through advocacy, opportunity and mentorship.

“Historically, blacks and Latinos were not included in classical music performance and academia, Sadykhly Dworkin said. “Many of the young people we touch through our educational and grass-roots programs … don’t feel included in this field and don’t feel it’s an integral part of their culture, so we’re working to overcome a much more complex set of circumstances,” she said in an interview with Lexington Herald-Leader in 2013.

A New York Times reviewer described the orchestra’s 2004 Carnegie Hall premiere as “first rate in every way.”

“The Virtuosi’s playing combined zest, attention to detail, tight ensemble, and glistening or deeply amorous tone quality, as the music called for,” wrote a Washington Post critic in reaction to a Kennedy Center performance in 2013.

For more information about the orchestra and for a list of public engagement activities featuring its musicians, go to http://cpa.psu.edu/events/sphinx-virtuosi.

photo credits: sphinxmusic.org