About This Performance
Comprising 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists, the Sphinx Virtuosi are primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition. We proudly welcome them to the Perelman Theater in a program that draws inspiration from the most promising voices of today and seeks to lift the many voices within our communities. “The Sphinx Virtuosi are first-rate in every way,” raved a New York Times critic.
Foley: Ev’ry Voice
Coleridge-Taylor: Four Novelletten [Sel.]
Price: Quartet No. 2 in A Minor [Sel.]
López-Gavilán: Camerata en Guaguancó
Ginastera: Concerto for Strings, Op. 33 [Sel.]
Please note this program will be performed without an intermission.
The Sphinx Virtuosi are the nation’s most dynamic, exhilarating professional chamber orchestra, dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists, the Virtuosi are primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, and its members work together as cultural ambassadors reaching new audiences.
This unique ensemble earned rapturous reviews from The New York Times during its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in December 2004: Allan Kozinn described their performance as “first-rate in every way.” Acting as a bridge between minority communities and the classical music establishment, the Sphinx Virtuosi continue to garner 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 the Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions.