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The Philadelphia Virtuosi orchestra headed to the Beav

Kris Sabel
Vail CO, Colorado
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Editor’s note: Director’s Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.

On Tuesday evening the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s classical music series continues with a concert by The Philadelphia Virtuosi, a distinguished ensemble with a fast-growing international reputation for excellence.

Praised for its “innovative programming” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the orchestra’s electric performances are often described by the press as “captivating” (London Observer), “dazzling” (Palm Beach Daily News), “exciting” (San Francisco Examiner), “breathtaking” (Bermuda Royal Gazette) and “magnificent” (San Bernardino County Sun). The Orchestra’s dynamic virtuosity and intimate style have garnered raves from audiences and critics from coast to coast. The Philadelphia Virtuosi have performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie (Weill Recital) Hall, the Bermuda Festival, on three extensive tours to South America and in virtually every region of the United States. Their recent performance at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts was proclaimed “Classical Performance Highlight of the Year” by the Palm Beach Daily News. And the San Bernardino County Sun described their playing as “the fulfillment of what fine music making really means.”

Music Director and Conductor Daniel Spalding founded the ensemble in 1991 in an effort to “combine the great European chamber orchestra tradition with the extraordinary virtuosity of some of the finest musicians from the Philadelphia area and the East Coast.” Spalding will host a pre-performance discussion about the Orchestra and the evening’s program at 5:30 p.m. in the May Gallery.

The very accessible and varied program will include Bach/Stowowski “Air” and “Preludio in E,” Rossini’s “Barber of Seville,” Leo Weiner’s “Suite of Hungarian Dances and Folk songs” as well as works by Piazzolla, Addinsell and Aguilla.

In our ongoing mission to enhance the cultural life of our community, we will present a matinee performance as part of our STARS program (Support the Arts Reaching Students). The program brings over 6,000 students each year to our theatre, free of charge, to experience the performing arts in person. This performance will introduce some 500 young members of our community to the awe of classical music ” it’s an outstanding program, and we’re thrilled to have it thriving in our Valley.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; the experience of seeing and hearing classical music performed in the intimacy and warmth of the Vilar Performing Arts Center is second to none. I hope you will take this opportunity to see an exceptional concert performed in our beautiful center. I hope to see you at the theatre.


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