Engaging diverse communities through innovative programming, education, and outreach. 

About Sphere Ensemble

Sphere Ensemble was formed in 2011 by professional string players driven to explore the vast potential of the string ensemble repertory.  Moving beyond the stereotype of classical music tradition, Sphere’s programs include both masterpieces of string orchestra repertoire and exceptional works drawn from all genres to create a new definition of modern performance.  Innovative arrangements are written by group members generating a unique and transformative musical experience.  Sphere’s debut album, Divergence, was named one of Colorado Public Radio’s Top 20 classical album releases of 2015.  
Since 2018, Sphere Ensemble has new leadership and vision with Executive Director Alex Vittal, longtime viola player and arranger in the group.  Alex has continued to expand the reach of Sphere Ensemble in Front Range communities by bringing performances and educational programming to marginalized audiences including Title I schools and communities, homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, women’s shelters, children’s hospitals, and assisted living and memory care facilities.  
 
He is joined by Alejandro Gómez Guillén, a highly acclaimed violinist and conductor, as Artistic Director. Alejandro has furthered Sphere's collaborative approach to music-making while also bringing a dynamic and passionate presence. Alejandro is currently the Artistic Director and conductor of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, and he is also a former Associate Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony as well as Freeman Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta.  Alex, Alejandro, and Sphere are excited to continue creating Sphere’s signature brand of music.

Thanks to the generous support at 2018's fundraising event, in the 2018/2019 season Sphere gave:

  • 5 concerts, in Boulder, Denver, and Westcliffe, CO

  • 7 free outreach performances

    • For residents, staff, and family members at Brookside Inn Skilled Nursing Facility

    • Workshop and play-along with young musicians from El Sistema Colorado

    • For youth, staff, and allies at Rainbow Alley, an LGBTQ+ safe space in Denver

    • 2 performances for K-12 students at Custer County School in Westcliffe, CO

    • At Denver Children’s Hospital 

    • In Bone Marrow Transplant and Oncology Units at Anschutz Cancer Center 

  • Premiered 7 new arrangements

 

Our 2019/2020 season got underway with two successful concert programs in September and November, including outreach events at Metro Caring and Gilliam Youth Services Center. Our March 2020 concert had to be postponed due to COVID-19, and we have moved our 2020 annual fundraiser to a virtual format. During this modified season, we have continued to create new arrangements made exclusively by and for Sphere Ensemble, as well as increasing the compensation for our hardworking musicians.

Photo by Danielle Lirette
Photo by Danielle Lirette

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