The Sphinx Virtuosi, the Sphinx Organization’s self-conducted ensemble of Black and Latinx soloists, has made nationwide tours for twelve years. The ensemble’s 2019 fall tour begins on September 29 with a performance at the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida, and ends on October 18 at Lafayette College’s Williams Center for the Arts in Easton, Pennsylvania, with stops in Winston-Salem, N.C. (U.N.C. School of the Arts), Des Moines, IA (Civic Music Association), Montclair, NJ (Montclair State University), New York, NY (Carnegie Hall), Boston, MA (Gardner Museum), and Cleveland, OH (Cleveland Institute of Music). The fall 2019 program will focus on themes of justice and peace as they appear in pieces including Romero Aldemaro’s Fuga con Pajarillo, Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra, Michael Abels’s Global Warming, Philip Herbert’s Elegy: In Memoriam—Stephen Lawrence, Xavier Foley’s For Justice and Peace, and Jessie Montgomery’s Source Code. Sphinx was founded in 1997 by Aaron P. Dworkin with the goal of addressing the underrepresentation of people of color in classical music. Afa S. Dworkin is the current president and artistic director of Sphinx, which organizes an annual SphinxCon convening in Detroit as well as education, artist-development, and leadership programs around the country.
Posted September 27, 2019