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Sphinx Virtuosi
10.22.23 | Armstrong Concert Hall
Sphinx Virtuosi



Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.
Armstrong Concert Hall 
Shenandoah Conservatory

The national Sphinx Virtuosi tour is made possible with the generous support of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Robert F. Smith, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Habari Gani*

Quenton Xavier Blache (b. 2001)

Habari Gani was commissioned with a gift from the Keith and Renata Ward Emerging Composer Fund.

Abran Paso*

Javier Farías (b. 1973)

Selections from Sonata da Chiesa

VI. Dona Nobis Pacem
VII. Exultate

Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941)


Andrea Casarrubios (b. 1988)

- intermission -

Concertante for Two Double Basses with String Orchestra (“Galaxy”)*

Xavier Foley (b. 1994)

Xavier Foley, double bass
Kebra-Seyoun Charles, double bass

Sinfonietta No. 2 (“Generations”)

Misterioso: Allegro
Alla sarabande
Alla Burletta
Allegro vivace

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932–2004)

*denotes new work for Sphinx Virtuosi

Meet the Ensemble
Sphinx Virtuosi
Ensemble Roster
Violin 1

Clayton D Penrose-Whitmore (Concertmaster)
Ruben Rengel
Meredith Riley
Sandro Leal-Santiesteban

Violin 2

Patricia Quintero-Garcia (Principal)
Maïthéna Girault
Thierry de Lucas
Sabrina Bradford


Celia Hatton (Principal)
Robert Alvarado Switala
Bill Neri
Kayla Cabrera


Eri Snowden-Rodriguez (Principal)
Ismar Gomes
Diana Flores
Lindsey Sharpe


Kebra-Seyoun Charles (Principal, first half of program)
Xavier Foley (Principal, second half of program)
Christopher Johnson

Performance Sponsor

Mid Atlantic Arts

This engagement of Sphinx Virtuosi is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Marion Park Lewis Foundation

Support for Sphinx Virtuosi funded in part by Marion Park Lewis Foundation.

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Accessibility & Reminders

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available across the courtyard in Gregory Hall (approximately 100 feet from the Armstrong Concert Hall lobby). Please notify house management for assistance.

Patrons are requested to silence cell phones and other electronic devices during performances. The taking of photographs and the use of recording equipment are not permitted during performances.