For classical music lovers, this is the best time of the year! That’s because the American Virtuosi ensemble is back for two more performances at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The American Virtuosi Concert on March 30th and the American Virtuosi Gala on March 31st brings some of the world’s best performers in classical music to Fort Myers. Learn more about the musicians and their exquisite performances below.
The American Virtuosi Concert
Now in its 10th season, the American Virtuosi concert presents Southwest Florida with a memorable evening of chamber music. American Virtuosi is the final concert in the Chamber Music Series at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Each season, renowned chamber musicians perform in the outstanding first floor Grand Atrium. For just $35, concert goers can experience music by violinist Peter Winograd, cellist Andres Diaz, and pianist Wendy Chen for an unforgettable evening of live classical music. This unique engagement will also include a performances by special guests: violinist Anton Miller and violinist Rita Porfiris.
The American Virtuosi Gala
The most refined classical music fundraiser returns for another season at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center! The American Virtuosi Gala is an elegant evening of chamber music featuring a delectable four-course dinner paired with selected wine. The evening’s ensemble features some of contemporary classical music’s best performers, violinist Peter Winograd, cellist Andres Diaz, violist Jim Griffith, pianist Wendy Chen, violinist Anton Miller, violinist Rita Porfiris, and horn player Ryan Little. The evening’s meal will be prepared by Chefs Mike and Karen Gavala.
About the Classical Music Masters
Each of the ensemble’s star-studded musicians are renowned classical music performers. Peter Winograd joined the American String Quartet as the first violinist in 1990. and has been a member of the violin and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music School.
Jim Griffith received his M.M. degree from the Juilliard School. Currently, he is enjoying his twenty-ninth season as violist in the Naples Philharmonic. Mr. Griffith is also the Executive Director of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Andres Díaz won First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition. Plus, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was nominated for a 2009 Latin Grammy. Wendy Chen became the youngest winner ever of the National Chopin Competition, and was one of the inaugural recipients of the Irving S. Gilmore Young Artists Award.
The American Virtuosi performances will also feature special guests Anton Miller and Rita Porfiris. Anton Miller has been concertmaster for a number of orchestras including almost thirty years with Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Rita Porfiris has been the subject of articles and interviews in media across the globe including the New York Times, the NBC Nightly News, NPR, PBS, and the BBC. She has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide and as a soloist has appeared with numerous orchestras.
See these legendary music masters on Friday, March 30th at the American Virtuosi Concert and Saturday, March 31st at the American Virtuosi Gala! The American Virtuosi Gala is a fundraiser benefiting the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s Eclectic Education programs. Be a patron of the arts and enjoy two beautiful evenings of classical music. Get tickets here!