Catalyst Quartet also on the program
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sphinx Virtuosi chamber ensemble

The Sphinx Virtuosi will perform Music of the Americas on Oct. 28. (photo courtesy of Sphinx Virtuosi)

The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present the Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. in the West High School Auditorium. The ensemble will perform Music of the Americas, a program that features music by Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov, Alberto Ginastera, and others.

The Sphinx Virtuosi is made up of top alumni soloists of the national Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players. The ensemble’s parent organization, known simply as Sphinx, is committed to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

The Music of the Americas program will also feature the Catalyst Quartet, which is comprised of the Sphinx Performance Academy’s principal faculty.

A Washington Post review of a recent Music of the Americas performance noted that the “program of largely Latin American music…was beautifully played—and, frankly, a refreshing counterpoint to the pallid menu of Bruckner, Beethoven, and other low-risk composers…”

The performance is supported by the Hancher Partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the UI Foundation.

How to get tickets

Tickets for the Sphinx Virtuosi are $40 and $30 for nonstudents; $36 and $10 for college students; $40 and $30 for senior citizens; and $20 and $10 for youth. Tickets are available from the Hancher Box Office, located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp.

The Hancher Box Office is open for phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the West High School Auditorium.