Sphinx Virtuosi

May 30, 2023, 8:00 pm

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Sphinx Virtuosi (Photo: Scott Jackson)

A self-conducted chamber orchestra, Sphinx Virtuosi is the most prestigious group of musicians to represent the magnificently impactful Sphinx Organization. Founded in 1997, the Sphinx Organization is a social justice non-profit that aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts by uplifting marginalized voices in classical music.

The 2021 Carnegie Hall performance by these “top-notch string players” received an extended standing ovation for music making described as “splendid,” “vibrant,” and “arresting” (The New York Times). In this broadcast, the ensemble premieres exciting new works by Valerie Coleman, Jessie Montgomery, and Xavier Foley alongside music by Villa-Lobos, Carlos Simon, and Beethoven. Such a varied program is characteristic of Sphinx Virtuosi’s insightful, ongoing exploration of the classical canon’s evolution into historical and modern day Black and Latinx composers.


Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras No. 9
Valerie Coleman: Tracing Visions (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Carlos Simon: Between Worlds
Jessie Montgomery: Divided (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall

Xavier Foley: An Ode to Our Times (World Premiere)
Beethoven: Finale from Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Bridgetower” (arr. for string orchestra by Rubén Rengel)