Sphinx Virtuosi
Britton-René Collins, percussion

Friday, October 18, 2024 - 7:30 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street Learn More

This concert is part of the Kardon Series and the Wagman Century Series. You can subscribe to this series, Build Your Own subscription, or purchase a Season Pass. Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

About This Performance

The Ann Hobson Pilot Fund Concert, endowed by Vivian and Mark Greenberg

American Form/s is a musical tapestry depicting the many sounds of American classical music. Vibrant, varied, storied, and new, the self-conducted string orchestra Sphinx Virtuosi takes audiences on a journey through classically-framed infusions of soul, bluegrass, jazz, blues, and elements of rag. Works range from reimaginings of Joplin’s joyous landscapes to the complex rhythms of Curtis Stewart and brilliant influences of immigrant composers like Teresa Carreño. Experience the intricate harmonies and world influences of Derrick Skye’s writing, as well as modern interpretations of soul-stirring spirituals and more in this program carefully and collaboratively curated to celebrate the richness of the American musical landscape.

As an emerging soloist to watch, percussionist Britton-René Collins embodies the artistry and passion of contemporary percussion performance. A winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, Britton-René has dedicated her art to shaping a more diverse and inclusive community for all musicians. A Grand Prize-winner of the 2022 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and the 2021 Chicago International Music Competition, Britton-René has performed as a soloist in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has made several concerto appearances, including with the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Valdosta Symphony, and the Meridian Symphony.

American Form/s
Taylor: Daydreaming (A Fantasy on Scott Joplin)*
Joplin: Treemonisha Overture (Arr. Jannina Norpoth, Jessie Montgomery)**
Coleridge-Taylor: Four Novelletten, Op. 52
Becenti: Hané for String Quartet**
Carreño: Serenade for Strings (IV. Finale, Tempo di Marcia)
Skye: American Mirror Part One**
StewartDrill*  Philadelphia Premiere

* commissioned by Sphinx Virtuosi
** arranged for Sphinx Virtuosi
Program order is subject to change.

The Artist(s)

Sphinx Virtuosi
Sphinx Virtuosi
The Sphinx Virtuosi is a dynamic and inspiring professional self-conducted chamber orchestra and serves as the flagship performing entity of the Sphinx Organization – the leading social justice non-profit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Comprised of eighteen accomplished Black and Latinx artists, a critical aim of the Sphinx Virtuosi is to evolve and transform the face of classical music through artistic excellence,… Read More
Britton-René Collins
Britton-René Collins, percussion
Hailed as an “astounding virtuoso” and “exhilarating” performer, percussionist Britton-René Collins is a winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, receiving the Ambassador Prize for her exceptional musicianship and demonstrated passion for creating social change in her endeavors as both an educator and performer. A Grand Prize winner of the 2022 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and the 2021 Chicago International Music Competition,… Read More


Sphinx Overview Video
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