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2020

26

Jan

String Masters Series – Boston Conservatory @ Berklee

Program

Jung-A Bang, Piano

Repertoire TBD

27

Jan

Masterclass @ Walnut Hill School

12 Highland St., Natick, MA

Program
09

Feb

Brookings Harbor Friends of Music

Brookings Harbor, Oregon - 7th Day Adventist Church

Program

St. Petersburg Piano Quartet

Repertoire TBD

15

Feb

Santa Barbara Symphony

The Granada Theater - 1214 State Street, Granada, CA

Program

Christian Reif, conductor

  • Michael Gilbertson: Graffiti: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra
  • Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
  • Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543
16

Feb

Santa Barbara Symphony

The Granada Theater - 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Program

Christian Reif, conductor

  • Michael Gilbertson: Graffiti: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra
  • Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
  • Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543
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

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.

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

Recital works for cello and piano

Ilya Yakushev, piano

18

Jul

Honest Brook Music Festival

Delhi, NY

Program

Works for cello and piano

Ilya Yakushev, piano

28

Jul

Lakeside Symphony Orchestra

Lakeside, Ohio

Program

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

Daniel Meyer, conductor 

29

Sep

Sphinx Virtuosi Tour

Program

Tour Dates TBD

Montgomery – Cello Concerto (soloist)

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

01

Nov

East Coast/Mid-Atlantic Live on Stage Tour (Dates TBA)

Program

Bolling – Jazz Suite for cello and piano (with recorded track)

Rachmaninoff – Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19

Ilya Yakushev, piano

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

2021

05

Jan

South Texas: Live on Stage Tour (Jan. 5th – 15th)

Program

Bolling – Jazz Suite for Cello and Piano (with recorded track)

Rachmaninoff – Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19

Ilya Yakushev, piano

20

Jan

Mid-Central/South: Live on Stage Tour (Jan. 20th – Feb. 10th)

Program

Bolling – Jazz Suite for Cello and Piano (with recorded track)

Rachmaninoff – Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19

Ilya Yakushev, piano

07

Feb

Sphinx Virtuosi Tour (Feb. 7th – Mar. 2nd)

Program

Spring Tour

Montgomery – Cello Concerto (Soloist)

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

10

Apr

Southwest/Northwest Live on Stage Tour (April 10th – 30th)

Program

Bolling – Jazz Suite for piano and cello (with recorded track)

Rachmaninoff – Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op 19

Ilya Yakushev, piano