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2020

04

Mar

Supreme Court of the United States

Washington D.C.

Program

Presenting as part of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence ceremony, works by Jessie Montgomery and Davone Tines.

06

Mar

NYC House Concert

Program

Featuring solo cello works for the PARMA Album of new music to be released in the Spring.

12

Mar

February 17th – March 12th: Sphinx Virtuosi Spring Tour

Program

“For Justice and Peace”

Performances include The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and Ordway Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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In his Elegy, a Black British composer, Philip Herbert, looks to solace when justice could not be served for an 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence, whose life was lost to a tragic incident of violence. Justice and peace find their way into music without regard to time and place: on this program, we offer Jessie Montgomery’s Source Code, which pays homage to African American artists prominent during the peak of the Civil Rights era in the United States.  Even Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, written only a few short years after the composer’s arrest due to rebellious behavior toward the authorities, suggest the most unlikely use of power and protest. Bela Bartok, who was destined to leave Europe for America was looking for peace and solace during a challenging time for his homeland Hungary, as World War II approached.  As we reflect on the historical and current challenges of Venezuela, we chose the music of Romero, who invoked traditional dance and improvisatory qualities to entice his audiences. Xavier Foley’s new work pays tribute to some of the divisiveness of our days, while also offering light and hope. Abels’ Global Warming speaks to not only the well-being of our earth, but expresses a hopeful outlook he had upon global relations and transcending cultural difference.   In the end, as a listener, you must decide the role both artists and citizens can play in propelling peace and positivity.

19

Mar

PARMA Album Release at DiMenna Center

DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 W. 37th St., NYC)

Program

Concert of complete works on the PARMA Album to be released in the late Spring.

DIVISION OF MEMORY

 

ROOTS
ELIZABETH START: Echoes in Life
Native-America melodies of the Paiute, ancestral, “a reverie of things felt.”
LYDIA JANE PUGH: Carolina’s Jig
Tradition and folksong 
TRAUMA
HOLLOWAY: Novella
Mourning through loss, escapism
CHENETTE: Elegy and Affirmation
Mourning through loss, interconnectedness
INSPIRATION
YEE-PAULSON: Suite for Solo Cello
Celebrate our humanity and our distinct capability to be inspired by our memories.
28

Mar

Camerata Musica

Columbia Basin College Theater - Pasco, Washington

Program

St. Petersburg Piano Quartet

PROGRAM TBD

04

Apr

Residency with The Minnesota Orchestra: March 30th – April 4th

Program

Details TBD

05

Apr

Duffy Larsen Series – SPPQ

Program

Program TBD

22

Apr

The Parcival Trio

Stony Brook University

Program

Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio

Emmanuel Vukovich, violin

Kyungwha Chu, piano

02

May

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Program

SAINT-GEORGES: Symphony in D major Op. 11, No. 2
HAYDN: Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1
featuring Santiago Cañón-Valencia
–Intermission–
PINZÓN: Rapsodia a los cuatro elementos
PONCE: Estampas nocturnas
MONTGOMERY: Starburst

16

May

Sphinx Virtuosi @ Menuhin Competition

Richmond, Virginia

Program

Repertoire TBA

30

May

Filarmonia: Brahms

Xalapa, Mexico

Program

With the incredible Filarmonia orchestra in Xalapa, Mexico, Brahms Double Concerto with Chloe Trevor, violinist.

07

Jun

Filarmonia: Dvořák

Program

With the incredible Filarmonia Orchestra in Xalapa, Mexico, Dvořák‘s epic cello concerto in B minor.

14

Jun

RECORDING: The Parcival Trio

Program

Recording project for the Parcival Trio that is a collaboration with the McGill School of Music’s recording department and world-renowned producer, Martha De Francisco.

Beethoven: “Archduke” Trio

Sheila Silver: To the Spirit Unconquered

24

Jun

Heifetz International Music Institute (June 24th – July 6th)

Staunton, Virginia

Program

Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (Ages 9-13)

  • Chamber Music and Practice Coach

Regular Program (Ages 15-30)

  • Faculty teaching Assistant
02

Jul

The Crossing Choir

The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, PA

Program

The Book of Never, a world premiere from Aaron Helgeson
on texts of the Novgorod Codex

a world premiere from Tawnie Olson
with major support from the Barlow Foundation

I heard the voices of Children (2019) by Toivo Tulev
on texts of William Blake, a Ballyeamon cradle song,
and names of the lost children of Tuam
a co-commission of The Crossing and the
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Three new works that confront our use of words: writing, naming, calling.

Based on the Novgorod Codex — a 10th-century book of Russian psalms overwritten hundreds of times with heretical sermons — Aaron Helgeson’s The Book of Never confronts our complex present by unearthing phantoms of our ancient past. Dense harmonies build on layered echoes of ancient hymn fragments: a banished monk’s apocalyptic visions of a distant future. Toivo Tulev turns to the eerie mystery often felt in poems of William Blake as he weaves into the musical fabric names of the lost children of Tuam. And Tawnie Olson takes our new commission as an opportunity to hear our own words, or those like us: how we use our voices to refer to others, what it means, and how it feels

07

Jul

Sphinx Performance Academy: July 7th – July 18th

The Juilliard School - NYC

Program

Cello faculty @ The Juilliard School

11

Jul

Wildflower Music Festival

White Mills, PA - Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango

Rachmaninoff:  Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

Claude Bolling: Selections from the Jazz Suite

Ilya Yakushev, piano

18

Jul

Honest Brook Music Festival

Delhi, NY

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

Claude Bolling: Selections from Jazz Suite

Ilya Yakushev, piano

20

Jul

Heifetz International Music Institute (July 20th-July 26th)

Staunton, Virginia

Program

Regular Program (Ages 15-30)

  • Faculty Teaching Assistant
28

Jul

Lakeside Symphony Orchestra

Lakeside, Ohio

Program

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Daniel Meyer, conductor 

08

Sep

Sphinx Virtuosi: University of North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Program

Montgomery – Divided, for Cello and Orchestra (Commission Premiere)

Thomas Mesa, Cello

PROGRAM

Joplin arr. Montgomery & Barefield (2019): Overture from Treemonisha
Gershwin: Lullaby for String Orchestra
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Blue/s Forms for solo violin
III. Jettin’ Blue/s
Jessie Montgomery: Banner! for quartet and string orchestra
*****
Copland: Two Pieces for String Orchestra
Jessie Montgomery: Cello Concerto
Chavez: Sarabande for Strings
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1

27

Sep

Sphinx Virtuosi: Beaches Fine Arts Series

Jacksonville, FL

Program

Montgomery – Divided, for Cello and Orchestra (Commission Premiere)

Thomas Mesa, Cello

PROGRAM

Joplin arr. Montgomery & Barefield (2019): Overture from Treemonisha
Gershwin: Lullaby for String Orchestra
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Blue/s Forms for solo violin
III. Jettin’ Blue/s
Jessie Montgomery: Banner! for quartet and string orchestra
*****
Copland: Two Pieces for String Orchestra
Jessie Montgomery: Cello Concerto
Chavez: Sarabande for Strings
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1

14

Oct

Sphinx Virtuosi: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Program

Montgomery – Divided, for Cello and Orchestra (Commission Premiere)

Thomas Mesa, Cello

PROGRAM

Joplin arr. Montgomery & Barefield (2019): Overture from Treemonisha
Gershwin: Lullaby for String Orchestra
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Blue/s Forms for solo violin
III. Jettin’ Blue/s
Jessie Montgomery: Banner! for quartet and string orchestra
*****
Copland: Two Pieces for String Orchestra
Jessie Montgomery: Cello Concerto
Chavez: Sarabande for Strings
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1

15

Oct

Sphinx Virtuosi: Carnegie Hall

New York, NY

Program

Montgomery – Divided, for Cello and Orchestra (Commission Premiere)

Thomas Mesa, Cello

PROGRAM

Joplin arr. Montgomery & Barefield (2019): Overture from Treemonisha
Gershwin: Lullaby for String Orchestra
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Blue/s Forms for solo violin
III. Jettin’ Blue/s
Jessie Montgomery: Banner! for quartet and string orchestra
*****
Copland: Two Pieces for String Orchestra
Jessie Montgomery: Cello Concerto
Chavez: Sarabande for Strings
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1

25

Oct

Organ and Cello Recital

Sun City, Arizona

Program

Works for cello and organ

Greg Zelek, organist

27

Oct

Astral Artists: Organ and Cello Recital

601 North Ithan Avenue - Bryn Mawr, PA

Program

At Beaumont community center on a gorgeous historic organ, a program of works for cello and organ.

Greg Zelek, organist

02

Nov

Live on Stage Tour: Olney, Illinois

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

06

Nov

Live on Stage Tour: Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

08

Nov

Live on Stage Tour: Waynesboro, PA

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

09

Nov

Live on Stage Tour: Saverna Park, Maryland

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

13

Nov

Madison Symphony Orchestra

Overture Center for the Arts

Program

John DeMain, conductor

Dvořák – Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191

 

14

Nov

Madison Symphony Orchestra

Overture Center for the Arts

Program

John DeMain, conductor

Dvořák – Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191

 

15

Nov

Madison Symphony Orchestra

Overture Center for the Arts

Program

John DeMain, conductor

Dvořák – Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191

17

Nov

Live on Stage: Seaford, Delaware

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

19

Nov

Live on Stage Tour: Culpepper, Virginia

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

20

Nov

Live on Stage Tour: Portsmouth, Virginia

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

22

Nov

Live on Stage Tour: Mathews, Virginia

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

24

Nov

Live on Stage Tour: Lewistown, PA

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

2021

12

Jan

Live on Stage Tour: Harlingen, Texas

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

14

Jan

Live on Stage Tour: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

15

Jan

Live on Stage Tour: Silver City, New Mexico

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

17

Jan

Live on Stage: Pampa, Texas

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

19

Jan

Live on Stage Tour: Ponca City, Oklahoma

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

28

Jan

Live on Stage Tour: Palm Springs, California

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

29

Jan

Live on Stage Tour: Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

31

Jan

Live on Stage Tour: Los Gatos, California

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

03

Feb

Live on Stage Tour: Crescent City, California

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

05

Feb

Live on Stage Tour: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

13

Feb

Sphinx Virtuosi: Chamber Music Society of Detroit

Detroit, MI

Program

Montgomery – Divided, for Cello and Orchestra (Commission Premiere)

Thomas Mesa, Cello

PROGRAM

Joplin arr. Montgomery & Barefield (2019): Overture from Treemonisha
Gershwin: Lullaby for String Orchestra
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Blue/s Forms for solo violin
III. Jettin’ Blue/s
Jessie Montgomery: Banner! for quartet and string orchestra
*****
Copland: Two Pieces for String Orchestra
Jessie Montgomery: Cello Concerto
Chavez: Sarabande for Strings
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1

24

Feb

Sphinx Virtuosi: Portland Ovations

Portland, Oregon

Program

Montgomery – Divided, for Cello and Orchestra (Commission Premiere)

Thomas Mesa, Cello

PROGRAM

Joplin arr. Montgomery & Barefield (2019): Overture from Treemonisha
Gershwin: Lullaby for String Orchestra
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Blue/s Forms for solo violin
III. Jettin’ Blue/s
Jessie Montgomery: Banner! for quartet and string orchestra
*****
Copland: Two Pieces for String Orchestra
Jessie Montgomery: Cello Concerto
Chavez: Sarabande for Strings
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1

28

Mar

Live on Stage Tour: Victorville, California

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

30

Mar

Live on Stage Tour: Borrego Springs, California

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

11

Apr

American Philosophical Society Recital

Program

Repertoire TBD

15

Apr

Live on Stage Tour: Moses Lake, Washington

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

17

Apr

Live on Stage Tour: Coos Bay, Oregon

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

18

Apr

Live on Stage Tour: Roseburg, Oregon

Program

IT Duo

Ilya  Yakushev, piano

Program

Beethoven: Variations in Eb Major

Claude Bolling: Jazz Suite (with recorded percussion track)

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

01

May

China Recital Tour

Program

Dates TBD

Repertoire TBD

includes…

Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69