The Sphinx Virtuosos at the Schermerhorn on July 9

(Versión en español aquí)

(Photo: Scott Jackson)

In 1997 violinist Aaron P. Dworkin sought to “identify, empower, and support talented young artists and prepare them for professional careers in classical music.” In the last quarter of a century, the Sphinx organization has grown to a nationwide group that provides gratis education, tours of 4 world-class ensembles and a number of commissions and performances of new works by Black and Latinx composers. On Tuesday, July 9, their flagship, professional and self-conducted chamber orchestra, featuring 18 accomplished Black and Latinx artists, will be performing a concert of music inspired by the literary work and lives of Julia Alvarez and Langston Hughes.

Featured works include excerpts from Adolphus Hailstork’s  Sonata da Chiesa, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson’s Sinfonietta No. 2, “Generations,” Jessie Montgomery’s Divided, as well as new works for the Sphinx virtuosi by Quenton Balche (Habari Gani), Javier Farias (Abran Paso) and Andrea Cassarrubios (Herencia). The concert promises to be an excellent summer highlight, worth the attendance, and if you know a Black or Latinx youth with classical performance aspirations, bring them along? Tickets are available here. A performance of Montgomery’s Divided, is below.

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