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virtuoso

1. a consummate master of musical technique and artistry
2. a connoisseur, dilettante, or collector of art objects

Virtuoso

 

a musician, performer, or artist who brilliantly overcomes considerable technical difficulties. The term “virtuoso” is applied primarily to music performers—instrumentalists and vocalists. The art of the virtuoso is inextricably linked with artistic inspiration, which captivates the audience and facilitates a brilliant and memorable interpretation of a work. Virtuosity allows the substance of a musical work to reach the listener with maximum completeness. However, when the performer is preoccupied with virtuosity in a one-sided manner, substance is relegated to the background and even falls victim to a demonstration of technical mastery in playing.

G. M. KOGAN

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However, The English Virtuoso is a book worth reading, as it points out, even if sometimes only in passing, several aspects of importance to the history of this socio-cultural category, such as the reliance of virtuosi on patronage, the attempts at creating a national identity based on acquisitions of exotic or curious material, and the importance of visual representation as a common ground between art, medicine, and antiquarianism.
WHO: Two acclaimed performing artists from Mexico, tenor GABRIEL GONZALEZ, flutist HORACIO FRANCO WILL PERFORM WITH THE VIRTUOSI ORCHESTRA.
Approximately 400 guests will attend this event supporting Virtuosi of Houston.
WHY: The event is the most significant annual fundraiser for Virtuosi of Houston.
Virtuosi of Houston (VOH) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996.