Erik Peterson, Artistic Director
Rocky Ridge Music Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Peterson as Artistic Director of Solisti Rossi, a new youth chamber orchestra based on Antonio Vivaldi’s music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà of the eighteenth century. Vivaldi, nicknamed il Prete Rosso, ‘The Red Priest,’ wrote many of his 500 concertos for the all-female musicians of the Pietà, the figlie di coro. The choice of the title, Solisti Rossi or ‘Red Soloists,’ gives a nod to not only the color of Vivaldi’s hair but also to the reddish color of the Colorado River, the word ‘Colorado’ meaning ‘colored red.’
A significant feature of Vivaldi’s ensemble was the importance of the individual for the greater good. The same holds true for Solisti Rossi. All players will rotate within sections (this includes violinists rotating between 1st and 2nd violin sections); and when feasible, concerts will be performed without a conductor, being led by the rotating student concertmaster. The majority of the ensemble’s repertoire will focus on concertos — musicians from the orchestra will be selected to perform as soloists at each concert. An important component will be the opportunity to perform in chamber ensembles, the repertoire being expanded from Vivaldi to the present. Each semester will include five rehearsals culminating in a final performance.
Solisti Rossi is open to string players of all ages up through high school.
Calendar — Fall, 2019
Rehearsals on Sundays: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
Dress Rehearsal: Saturday October 19
Performance: Sunday, October 20
Rehearsals on Sundays: October 27, November 3, 10, 17, 23
Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, November 23
Performance: Sunday, November 24
Typical Schedule: Sundays 3:30 – 6:30 PM
3:30-4:20 Master Class, sectionals or practice time
4:30 -5:30 (10 minute break) 5:40-6:30 Rehearsal
* Following the weekly Sunday evening rehearsals, a community dinner will take place.
Tuition — $300 per semester
WHO: Students through high school age are welcome to audition. Prepare a complete movement (first movement is preferable) of any concerto. Memorization and accompanist are not required.
WHEN: Sunday, April 14 beginning at 3:00 pm
WHERE: Rocky Ridge Music Academy, 3401 W. 29th Ave. Denver, CO 80211
CONTACT: To schedule an audition, please email RRMC@RockyRidge.org with your name, DOB, instrument, email address, and the name of the concerto movement you would like to perform. There is no fee to audition. For scheduling purposes, we ask that you keep free 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on April 14. We will email your audition time on April 13.
A Fund-Raiser for Solisti Rossi
You are invited to join us for the Solisti Rossi Fund Raiser — Sunday April 7, 3:00 -5:00 pm at the home of Dianne and Adam Betkowski, 635 Williams St. Denver, CO 80218. Tickets are $50 per person and may be reserved by emailing RRMC@RockyRidge.org