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.

Erik Peterson, Solisti Rossi Artistic Director


You are invited to join us for the Solisti Rossi House Concert Fund Raiser —  Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:00 -9:00 pm at 2346 Ivy St. Denver, CO 80207. Tickets are $50 per person and may be reserved by emailing

Calendar — Fall, 2019

Solisti Rossi:

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

Chamber Music:

  • Rehearsals on Sundays: October 27, November 3, 10, 17
  • 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.


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.