The planned gala for April 7th has been postponed. Because of problems with the venue, PVCO has been forced to postpone our gala concert at the Arts Ballroom. This is only the 2nd time in 25 years of operation that a long planned concert has been cancelled on short notice. All ticket sales have already been refunded. Please watch this space to find out our next new concert date.

The Philadelphia Virtuosi and Daniel Spalding
are pleased to announce its
April 7th, 2017 Gala Concert
to be held at
Arts Ballroom, Philadelphia, at 7:30pm.

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From Carnegie Hall to Rio de Janeiro to Moscow, and through internationally acclaimed recordings, the Philadelphia Virtuosi has dazzled audiences over the past 25 years with their powerful yet whimsical performances. Founder and Music Director Daniel Spalding is recognized as “one of the most innovative conductors on today’s music scene”, and is bringing his ensemble home to Philadelphia for a 2017 concert series that promises to become one of the most desirable happenings in the city.

Theatrical, interactive, and daring, the programs are set to compliment the most beautiful venues in the city with fascinating music, matching the drama of classical music with the polished intimate feel of an elegant night club. Get to know the city and meet exquisite artists in post-concert receptions, this time including the brilliant Liliana Ruiz over sangrias and tapas (included in the price of the tickets). If you feel like dressing up think of wearing a spot of red to set the mood for the famous tunes of Bizet’s opera Carmen (re-scored for luscious strings and 50 percussion instruments).

Already known to be “as rocking as one can imagine that a chamber orchestra can get” this group is ready to raise the roof and make this evening great fun, one you will not forget. VIP tickets include an exclusive private meet-and-greet prior to the concert with conductor Daniel Spalding, the best seats in the house, special pre-concert hors d’oeuvres and complimentary cocktails.

This spirited romp was nothing short of breathtaking.


. . . with amazing precision and concentration, Daniel Spalding found a lovely, buoyant pulse that made the music sing.


A riveting performance . . . a truly magical evening. . .


. . . the orchestra performed with extraordinary virtuosity, drawing incessant and warm applause from the public.


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Under the leadership of President and CEO Charbel Louis Karam, the Philadelphia Virtuosi will be announcing soon a new innovative concert series in Center City Philadelphia!

August 15, 2015
After a long search, Charbel Louis Karam has been appointed to the position of President of the Board and CEO of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Inc. PVCO Music Director Daniel Spalding, who founded the orchestra in 1991, commented: “I am thrilled with the prospect of working with Charbel. He is the right person to guide PVCO as we re-focus our efforts on presenting to the Philadelphia public our vision of the ultimate classical music experience”.
Mr. Charbel Louis Karam has been the Executive Vice President at C&D Technologies, Inc. since April 2015 and served as its Vice President of Marketing, Product Management & Customer Service until April 2015. Mr. Karam joined C&D Technologies, Inc. with an impressive background in marketing, sales, business development, M&A, supply chain, and operations. Most recently, he served as the President of UCT Coatings, iNC. a surface technology and coatings company. Prior to … UCT Coatings, he held the role of Vice President and Global Account Executive at Chromalloy. Previously, he held various leadership roles with Pratt & Whitney and Hydroxyl Systems in Canada as well as Airbus, in Toulouse, France. He is also an experienced commercially rated pilot. He holds a M.B.A. and a Master’s Degree in Integrated Logistical Support from the Business & Law University of Aix-en-Provence in France.


The Philadelphia Virtuosi will be performing for the Lansdale Community Concert Association on May 16th at 8:00 pm on the stage of North Penn High School. The core orchestra is being augmented for this performance, more than doubling our usual size. Most of the program will be from our recent Russian tour repertoire and will again feature pianist Gabriela Imreh as soloist. Tickets are available through the Lansdale Community Concert Association. This is a rare repeat performance on this music series. We last appeared in 2008.

Our poster outside Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall.

Our poster outside Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall.

Some very quick sight-seeing.

Some very quick sight-seeing.

Dress Rehearsal in Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Concert Hall.

Dress Rehearsal in Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Concert Hall.

Philadelphia Virtuosi at the Mariinsky after the concert.

Philadelphia Virtuosi at the Mariinsky after the concert.

The Philadelphia Virtuosi played to sold out standing room only audiences at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and at the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall in Saint Petersburg during its two week, seven concert tour. Warmly received by audiences and supported by the US Department of State, Music Director Daniel Spalding, piano soloist Gabriela Imreh, and the 14 member orchestra braved a daunting travel schedule that took them not only to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, but also to Samara, Saratov, and the Siberian cities of Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, and Kemerovo. This tour will be long remembered by all involved.

PVCO 2014 best photoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / ARTS EDITORS AND MUSIC WRITERS September 5, 2014 PHILADELPHIA VIRTUOSI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TO PREVIEW ITS UPCOMING TOUR TO RUSSIA For more information: 866-403-6844 (Photos available) Please consider presenting a lead story this week about this unique event! WHO: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Spalding Music Director & Conductor presents “An American Experience” WHAT: FREE concert featuring pianist Gabriela Imreh “An American Experience” WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Westtown School, 975 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19382-5700 TICKETS: FREE and Open to the Public, tickets are not required PROGRAM: J.S. Bach/Stokowski: Air & Preludio for Solo Violin Vittorio Giannini: Concerto Grosso for Strings Bernstein/Spalding: West Side Story Suite Gershwin: Lullaby for Strings Dvorak: “American Quartet” (String Orchestra version) Copland: Hoe Down from “Rodeo” DETAILS: Known for their innovative programming and fiery performances, Music Director & Conductor Daniel Spalding and the 14 member Philadelphia Virtuosi are presenting to the public a preview of their program for their upcoming tour of Russia. The Philadelphia Virtuosi will be leaving for their Russian tour on November 1st, which will take them to seven major Russian cities including Samara, Saratov, Moscow (for a performance at the great Tchaikovsky Hall), St. Petersburg, and the Siberian cities of Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, and Kemerovo. “This upcoming tour has been a long time in the making and thanks to the support of the American Embassy in Moscow, it has become a reality. In these times of increased international tension we look forward to serving as ambassadors of peace and hope that music will again help to build bridges of friendship between our peoples. Classical music is something that is held in high regard in both our cultures so it seems that this is actually a good time to make such a tour.” The Philadelphia Virtuosi has developed a close relationship with Westtown School over the past 15 years and has given several concerts at Westtown in recent years. Joining the orchestra is Romanian born pianist Gabriela Imreh, who appears frequently with the Philadelphia Virtuosi on tour. She will be performing in “West Side Story Suite” for piano and strings, especially arranged for the group by Music Director Daniel Spalding. The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra has a fast-growing international reputation for excellence and is known for its CD recordings on international labels such as New World Records, Arabesque, and Naxos. The orchestra’s electric performances are often described by the press with comments such as “captivating” (London Observer), “dazzling” (Palm Beach Daily News), and “exciting” (San Francisco Examiner).

The following is a letter of support from Mayor Michael A. Nutter: It is with great pride to learn that the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra has been invited to tour Russia and to perform in the great Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. For 22 years, the Philadelphia Virtuosi has been part of our area’s thriving cultural landscape, performing concerts in all areas of the city and bringing classical music to our neighborhoods. Since 1996, they have traveled extensively as one of Philadelphia’s cultural ambassadors that have included performances in dozens of cities across Pennsylvania, in 29 states across the nation, in Bermuda, Mexico, Serbia, Argentina, and Brazil. The City of Philadelphia is also proud of its rich cultural heritage and diverse population. The musicians in the Philadelphia Virtuosi are reflective of this diversity; current members include not just native born Americans but immigrants from Turkey, Albania, Kazakhstan, Korea, Russia, Serbia, and Spain. Some of these professional musicians came here to study at the great universities and conservatories located in this city. This is but one example as to how classical music brings together people from around the world. Historically, the Mid-Atlantic region was the first in the United States to develop strong ties with Russia. Today it continues to be the leading region for Russian-American business, technology, education and culture. Our great city is home to one of the largest populations of Russian-Americans in this region. Therefore, it is more than fitting that cultural exchange continues in a spirit of peace and friendship. Michael A. Nutter, Mayor

Here is the itinerary for the tour in Russia: Depart USA via JFK – November 1st Arrive Samara via Moscow November 2nd Rest & Rehearsals – November 3rd & 4th 1. Samara – November 4th 2. Saratov – November 5th 3. Мoscow – November 7th (Tchaikovsky Hall) 4. St. Petersburg – November 8th 5. Krasnoyarsk – November 10th 6. Novosibirsk – November 12h 7. Kemerovo – November 13th Depart for USA via Moscow – November 14th Arrive at JFK in USA – November 14th

Here is the updated itinerary for the tour in Russia:
Depart USA via JFK – November 1st
Arrive Samara via Moscow November 2nd
Rest & Rehearsals – November 3rd & 4th
1. Samara –  November 4th 
2. Saratov  – November 5th
3. Мoscow – November 7th (Tchaikovsky Hall)
4. St. Petersburg – November 8th
5. Krasnoyarsk – November 10th
6. Novosibirsk – November 12h
7. Kemerovo – November 13th
Depart for USA via Moscow – November 14th
Arrive at JFK in USA – November 14th

Tchaikovsky Hall

Tchaikovsky Hall


Our Friends at Meadow Lakes Retirement Community in Hightstown, New Jersey have again invited us to perform on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, at 7:30 PM. The Philadelphia Virtuosi has performed here many times over the past 15 years. Many of the residents are former New Yorker’s who are used to high performance standards, so as always, we are pleased to be invited back to perform for this discriminating audience. This program will feature Gabriela Imreh in Franz Liszt’s “Maladiction” for Piano & Strings.

Westtown School

Westtown School

Returning for its 4th appearance, Philadelphia Virtuosi will be performing a full concert program at Westtown School on Sunday, September 14th, 2014, at 7:30 PM. The students at Westtown School are always appreciative and enthusiastic about music–this is one of our favorite places to perform. We would like to thank Sue Gold, head of the Shoemaker Series, for making this performance possible.

A Beautiful Venue

A Beautiful Venue

The Philadelphia Virtuosi’s annual tradition to open it’s season with a free program at Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia will take place on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 at 2 PM. It is always rewarding to perform at this beautiful venue. Program details will be announced at a later date. This concert is made possible with a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Despite rising international tensions, the tour to Russia is still on. St. Petersburg has been added and the dates have been adjusted. Here is the schedule:

4th November – concert in Samara
train travel to Saratov (night)
5th November – concert in Saratov
train travel to Moscow (night)
7th November – concert in Moscow
express train travel to St. Petersburg (morning next day)
8th November – concert in St. Petersburg
9th November – flight to Krasnoyarsk (night)
10th November – concert in Krasnoyarsk

11th November – train travel to Novosibirsk
12th November – concert in Novosibirsk

13th November – bus travel to Kemerovo, concert in Kemerovo

Watch this space for further developments.

Philadelphia Virtuosi’s tour to Russia is beginning to take shape for next November. Here is the schedule as of today:

November 3, 4, 5 – concerts in Saratov, Samara and Orenburg
November 7 – concert in Moscow
November 9,10 – concerts in Krasnoyarsk and Kemerovo

There could be more dates added, but right now, this is looking good!hall_tsch1[1]


A tour of Russia is in the works including a performance on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at the famed Moscow Philharmonic Tchaikovsky Hall. This will be PVCO’s first tour in Russia and is being made possible with the support of the American Embassy/Department of State. Stay tuned to this website for further developments.


The Philadelphia Virtuosi will be performing at Monroe Village, located in Jamestown, New Jersey on January 11th, 2014 at 7:30 PM. The orchestra will be returning to this exclusive retirement community for the 4th time. The program will feature works by Bach, Piazzolla, Mendelsshon, and Brahms and will feature pianist Gabriela Imreh. It is always a pleasure to perform for this warm and appreciative audience. Music Director Daniel Spalding will conduct.

The family of Eleanor Farmer along with Maestro Spalding (way in the back.)

The family of Eleanor Farmer along with Maestro Spalding (way in the back.)

spald6 spald2 spald5 spald4 spald3 spald2Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PVCO was able to continue its annual concerts at Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. This is a splendid venue. The concert was dedicated to Eleanor Farmer, who passed away this past year. Eleanor was a dedicated supporter of our concert series at the Church and many of her family members attended the concert. It was a delight to meet them all. We have received another grant form the Pennsylvania Council so it looks like we will be able to be back again next year!

Thank you so very much for visiting the Philadelphia Virtuosi. Please check this page for news and future events. We hope to see you at our next concert!

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