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.

After each rehearsal, Solisti Rossi musicians come together to enjoy a community dinner sponsored, in part, by Pizzeria Locale.

Erik Peterson, Solisti Rossi Artistic Director

Concert Schedule – Fall 2017

Solisti Rossi will be performing for the first time on October 20th at 4:30 PM at the Highlands Center in Denver (2945 Julian St, Denver, CO 80211).


Solisti’s final Fall 2019 performance will be on November 24th at 4:30 PM at the Highlands Center in Denver (2945 Julian St, Denver, CO 80211).


For both performances: Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students and/or youth (10-18). Children under 10 may attend for free! Call Megan at 303.449.1106 or email to reserve your tickets today!


Calendar — Fall, 2019

Solisti Rossi Large Ensemble:

  • Rehearsals on Sundays: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
  • Dress Rehearsal: Saturday October 19
  • Performance: Sunday, October 20 at 4:30 PM

Solisti Rossi Chamber Music Ensembles:

  • Rehearsals on Sundays: October 27, November 3, 10, 17
  • Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, November 23
  • Performance: Sunday, November 24 at 4:30 PM


  • 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.


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: By appointment

WHERE: Rocky Ridge Music Academy, 3401 W. 29th Ave. Denver, CO 80211

CONTACT: To schedule an audition, please email 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. We will contact you by email to arrange your audition.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Rehearsal and performance dates:

Chamber Orchestra: 7 rehearsals + performance.

January 12, 19, 26

February 2, 9, 23

SATURDAY, Feb. 29: 3:30 dress rehearsal.

SUNDAY, Mar. 1: 6:00pm warm up, 7:00pm performance.


Chamber Music Ensembles:  5 rehearsals + performance.

March 15, 21 (Saturday), 22 (12:45 – 5:30 Field Trip to see Marin Alsop and the CSO and S.R. rehearsal), 29

SATURDAY, April. 4: 3:30 dress rehearsal.

SUNDAY, April 5: 3:30 warm up 4:30 performance.