Christine Lamprea, Cello

Kate L. Photography

NEW CELLO CONCERTO, AVAILABLE FOR PEFORMANCES IN THE '16-'17 season and beyond

Peformers include Detroit Symphony, Ensemble 212, Omaha Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony.

2013 Sphinx Laureate Christine Lamprea and award winning African-American composer Jeffrey Mumford are collaborating on a new concerto. In the words of Jeffrey Mumford, "From the first time I heard Ms. Lamprea play, I wanted to create a vehicle for her considerable talents. While her repertoire is vast, she has a particular (and refreshing) affinity for new music. Everything she plays is informed by consummate musicianship, intelligence, vision, and a profound depth of purpose that communicates immediately and compellingly."

Ms. Lamprea says, "This commission is a complete project in the sense that it benefits all parties. Jeffrey’s music is on the forefront of American innovation, in addition to being passionate and engaging, providing an audience with a sense of fulfillment upon listening. The music itself will be a substantial addition to the cello repertoire.I believe this collaboration has great potential for social impact inside and outside the concert hall, for musicians and non-musicians alike."

The concerto will be dedicated to the memory of distinguished American composer Elliott Carter, who passed away at last year the age of 103, and with whom Mr. Mumford studied. Says Mumford, "I am honored to say that Mr Carter was always a generous and gracious supporter of me and my work. Since his passing, I have been thinking of just the right vehicle for a work in his memory, and I strongly feel that this concerto will be."

So far, two orchestras have stepped forward to partner with them in a developing consortium. They are the Detroit Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director and the New York based orchestra Ensemble 212, Yoon Jae Lee, Music Director.

Both Mr. Mumford & Ms, Lamprea welcome other orchestras who wish to be part of this exciting project for the '16-'17/ '17-'18 seasons and beyond!

Noted Sphinx Organization Executive and Artistic Director, Afa S. Dworkin, "This collaborative project is not only unique in its artistic nature, but also, highly resonant with Sphinx’s mission and its commitment to advancing the work of exceptional artists of color."

to book or become involved, please write to christine on the contact page