UNCW Presents

Sphinx Virtuosi

Sphinx Virtuosi

The Sphinx Virtuosi is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, these alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences. This unique self-conducted ensemble earned rave reviews from The NewYork Times during its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in December 2004. Allan Kozinn described their performance as “first-rate in every way” and “the ensemble produced a more beautiful, precise and carefully shaped sound than some fully professional orchestras that come through Carnegie Hall in the course of the year.”

Inspired by Sphinx’s overarching mission, the Sphinx Virtuosi works to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through performances of varied repertoire.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, this exciting program offers a collection of concerti through the ages, performed by the 18-piece self-conducted Sphinx Virtuosi. From baroque to modern day, the program has something for every listener, showcasing tremendous variety in languages and styles, from baroque to contemporary. The tour will include the newly commissioned Guardian of the Horizon: Concerto Grosso for Violin, Cello, and Strings, by award-winning composer Jimmy Lopez, made possible in part with the support of Linda and Stuart Nelson. The Concerti per Venti program will also feature Delights and Dances by Michael Abels, a three-movement work for string quartet and string orchestra (commissioned by Sphinx in 2012), Concerto Grosso by Vaughan Williams and Beethoven’s timeless Grosse Fugue.