Musco Center presents
Sphinx Virtuosi: “This Is America”
Performance with Pre-Show Q&A
ONLINE Wednesday, February 3, 2021
7 P.M. PT | LIVESTREAM
Sphinx Virtuosi is one of the United States’ most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists, primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, these artists come together as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences. Drawing inspiration from the most promising voices of today their concert showcases their mission of advancing diversity in classical music by presenting varied programs of works by composers of color alongside well-known masterpieces.
Acting as a bridge between minority communities and the classical music establishment, the Sphinx Virtuosi garners critical acclaim during their annual national tours to many of the leading venues around the country. Inspired by the Sphinx Organization’s overarching mission, the Sphinx Virtuosi work to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through performances of kaleidoscopically varied repertoire. Masterpieces by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and Mozart are performed alongside the more seldom-presented works by composers of color, including Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, George Walker, Michael Abels, and Astor Piazzolla.
Members of the Sphinx Virtuosi have performed as soloists with America's major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Members also hold professional orchestral positions, and several have been named laureates of other prestigious international competitions, including Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions. Roster members have completed and continue to pursue their advanced studies at the nation’s top music schools, including Juilliard, Curtis, Eastman, Peabody, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.
Despite the physical isolation imposed upon the pandemic, Sphinx Virtuosi is united through its shared commitment to social impact through their musical expression. Inspired by the music of Michael Ablels, one of the most versatile composers of today, spanning cinema and symphonies alike. The sounds of Jesse Montgomery's Source Code redefine their canon of tomorrow. Starting with the new work by Xavier Foley, “Ev’ry Voice” and on their journey toward other American classics, Sphinx Virtuosi seeks to find new ways to lift the voices of black and brown communities through the lens of black and brown musicians. Though distances and time has separate them, a collaboration endures to share the voices of their flagship ensembles to unify communities of color during these challenging, yet transformative times.
This concert will include a pre-concert talk at 7:00pm