Thursday, September 28th, 2023 @ 8:00:pm
Welcome Mason-Artist-in Resident Sphinx Virtuosi, the Detroit-based chamber orchestra dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Prepare to stretch beyond the usual notions of the classical music canon with a dynamic program of music by women and composers of color. The program’s centerpiece and title work, Tracing Visions by American composer Valerie Coleman, combs through the past to discover, delight, inspire, and ultimately tell a more complete story of America. The rich palette is further cultivated by summoning the pure lyricism of Florence Price. Xavier Foley’s take on the Black national anthem mirrors Jessie Montgomery’s vision of the national anthem, with all of its richness, conflict, and celebration in Banner! You will hear again from Jessie Montgomery in the premiere of Divided. Also showcased are Cuban composer Guido Lopez Gavila’s work for string orchestra Camerata en Guaguancó and a movement from Argentinian Alberto Ginastera’s Concerto for Strings IV. With Tracing Visions, Sphinx Virtuosi contemplates our country’s present division and through creative expression, offers ways to evolve together toward a more just and equitable future. As Mason Artists-in-Residence, ensemble members will spend time participating in engagement activities with the greater northern Virginia community and Mason students.