Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 8PM
With dozens of national and international tours over the past 25 years, the Philadelphia Virtuosi has dazzled audiences from Los Angeles to New York’s Lincoln Center and from Rio de Janeiro to Moscow’s iconic Tchaikovsky Hall. Their unique and powerful performances have re-defined the classical music experience. Founder and Music Director Daniel Spalding, recognized as “one of the most innovative conductors on today’s music scene” is bringing to the Uptown Theater a new exclusive production designed to leave audiences not just entertained, but enthralled.
Teaming up with sensational Flamenco dancer Liliana Ruiz, Maestro Spalding and his 22 piece orchestra includes a unique makeup of strings and five virtuoso percussionists performing on over 40 instruments. Add to that the amazing footwork, the clatter of the castanets and the brilliant costumes of Liliana Ruiz, and we have an exciting and unique interpretation of Bizet’s “Carmen” as arranged by Russian composer Rodin Shchedrin – his most played and most famous work. The Philadelphia Virtuosi’s CD recording of this work was a Grammy finalist. This program will also include “Danzon” by Leonard Bernstein and Three Tangos by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most revered composer, again using drums, marimbas and xylophones to bring forth the authentic flavor and syncopated rhythms of the music.