Sunday, March 1, 2020
Sphinx Virtuosi: For Justice and Peace
March 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM
A chamber ensemble comprised of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical string soloists, the Sphinx Virtuosi returns to the Ordway for a fourth consecutive year with their new program: For Justice and Peace.
For Justice and Peace explores how justice and peace find their way into music regardless of time and place. Featuring works that span from the Romantic Era of the 1800’s with Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and 20th century Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, who struggle with injustice and violence in their own respective times and countries, to contemporary works from black British composer Philp Herbert, Venezuelan composer Aldaro Romero, and Michael Abels, who speak to many of these same issues today. Join the Sphinx Virtuosi for a powerful exploration of the role artists and citizens play in propelling peace and positivity.
Featured Soloist: Elaine Alvarez
Cuban-American soprano Elaine Alvarez burst onto the international opera scene in 2007, with her soulful portrayal of Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Characterized by a distinct “buffed bronze soprano” (Opera News), Alvarez has blossomed into a true spinto d’agilitá, delivering performances rich with “melting, voluminous sound” (Frankfurt Allgemeine), “spectacular agility” (Opera World Magazine), and “a profoundly genuine sentimentality” (Miami Herald).
Co-presented by the Arts Partnership