Chautauqua Chamber Music: The Switala Duo, Sphinx Artists

Monday, July 20, 2020
04:00pm EDT

Location CHQ Assembly Video Platform

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Bartok: Selections from 44 Duos for Two Violins (1931)

  1. Serbian Dance
  2. Pizzicato
  3. Scherzo

Augusta Read Thomas: Silent Moon for Violin and Viola (2006)
Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin Solo (2014)
Quincy Porter: Suite for Viola Alone (1930)
Manuel Ponce: Sonata en Duo (1938)

The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization is dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. We are thrilled to partner with Sphinx to feature two artists who are siblings and former winners of the Sphinx Competition. Violinist Alexandra Switala made her professional debut in Texas with the Ft. Worth Symphony at the age of 13, and has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States including the New World Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the South Bend Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and The Cleveland Orchestra. Robert Switala began his musical studies at age 6 on violin and began playing viola at 14. Formerly first violin of the El Paso and Las Cruces symphony orchestras, Robert is now Principal Viola of the SPHINX Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster for the Thompson Street Opera Company, and faculty at the Des Plaines School of Music.

Chautauqua Chamber Music – 2020 Online
This beloved series has moved online so that we can bring you great music from Chautauqua and around the world, right into your home. Chamber artists will be performing live and pre-recorded concerts, all curated especially for our Chautauqua audience and community. Performances will last approximately 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of conversation with hosts Deborah Sunya Moore, Vice President of Performing and Visual Arts, and Timothy Muffitt, School of Music Artistic Director. Audience members will be invited to submit questions for the artists and we look forward to stimulating conversation, which will all be moderated with our hosts, live from Lenna Hall at Chautauqua each Monday of the season at 4 p.m. EST. Join us for music and more.