Sphinx Virtuosi returns to UNCSA with concert that challenges classical canon, October 5

Sphinx Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra comprised of some of the country’s finest classical black and Latin soloists, will return to UNCSA to perform Tracing Visions, a program that aims to challenge and evolve the classical canon by illuminating a new way of listening, sharing and expression.

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The group’s third concert at UNCSA will take place on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the state-of-the-art Watson Hall on the UNCSA campus. Tickets cost $ 20 regular and $ 15 student and are available online or by calling the box office at 336-721-1945. The UNCSA performance halls will be open to capacity and the public will be required to wear masks. UNCSA will broadcast the concert live through the new Live from Watson Hall series. Sign up for the free online livestream.

Sphinx Virtuosi will perform on October 5th.

In what the ensemble calls “a bit of a musical archeology project,” the program features elements of the discovery literature of Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Florence Price, and the epic Ginastera String Concerto, as well as a tour in Cuba for a glimpse into the sounds from afar that have influenced much of what we listen to today. The program seeks to tell a more complete history of America through the voice of Xavier Foley and his vision of the “black national anthem”. Jessie Montgomery’s “Banner” unleashes the vibrancy of the many voices that make up our country and its very fabric.

“Sphinx Virtuosi is one of America’s most dynamic chamber orchestras,” said Saxton Rose, Dean of the School of Music. “We are proud to offer a performance of this caliber to our students and patrons, continuing the School of Music’s long-standing commitment to performing music composed today alongside classics from centuries past,” by composers who represent the complete mosaic of our global creative ecosystem. . “

While at UNCSA, members of Sphinx Virtuosi will record the work of student composers in a state-of-the-art studio that opened this fall; will visit string masterclasses; and hold a question-and-answer session with music students.

… top notch in every way … producing a more beautiful, more precise and polished sound than some fully professional orchestras that pass through Carnegie Hall during the year.

New York Times

Sphinx Virtuosi was founded in 2004 by the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, a social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. The performers are alumni of the famous Sphinx competition who meet every fall to reach new audiences. Through the Sphinx Virtuosi National Tour, this self-managed ensemble brings fresh and diverse programming to major venues across the country and engages in immersive outreach to bring classical music to communities across the country, including students of all ages. Featuring annual stops at Carnegie Hall and Miami’s New World Center, the Virtuosi Sphinxes perform to sold-out crowds and continue to receive critical acclaim.

A New York Times reviewer described a performance by Sphinx Virtuosi as “top notch in every way … producing a more beautiful, precise and polished sound than some fully professional orchestras that pass through Carnegie Hall during the year. “

Dedicated to new music, the ensemble pioneered the discovery of gems by composers of color, with the aim of broadening the canon and amplifying new and important voices.

The Tracing Visions program includes:

  • Xavier Foley, “Ev’ry Voice”;
  • Samuel Coleridge Taylor, “Four Novelletten”;
  • Florence Price, String Quartet No. 2 in A minor;
  • Jessie Montgomery, “Banner”;
  • Andrea Casarrubios, “Seven”;
  • Guido Lopéz-Gavilàn, “Camerata en Guaguancó”; and
  • Alberto Ginastera, Concerto for strings, op. 33.

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