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Sphinx Virtuosi

Sunday, March 30, 2025 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Adult: $55
Student: $17.50
Youth: $7.50

Tickets for this presentation will be available directly through The Prior Performing Arts Center at the College of the Holy Cross starting in July 2024.

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Sphinx Virtuosi - a co-production between The Prior Performing Arts Center of the College of the Holy Cross & Music Worcester

The Sphinx Virtuosi is a dynamic and inspiring professional self-conducted chamber orchestra and serves as the flagship performing entity of the Sphinx Organization—the leading social justice non-profit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Comprised of 18 accomplished Black and Latinx artists, a critical aim of the Sphinx Virtuosi is to evolve and transform the face of classical music through artistic excellence, pioneering programming, and impassioned community engagement. Its members serve as cultural and diversity ambassadors for audiences and communities around the United States and abroad.

Heralded for its kaleidoscopically varied repertoire and bold thematic programming, Sphinx Virtuosi concerts give prominence to historically excluded Black and Latinx composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Alberto Ginastera, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and George Walker. In an effort to expand its repertoire and engage new audiences, the ensemble commissions new works annually. Commissions have included major new works from Michael Abels, Terence Blanchard, Valerie Coleman, Xavier Foley, Ricardo Herz, Jimmy Lopez, Jessie Montgomery, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Carlos Simon.

Members of the Sphinx Virtuosi have performed as soloists with major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Members also hold professional orchestral and academic positions. The Sphinx Virtuosi’s community engagement initiatives regularly extend beyond masterclasses and workshops to members leading DEI initiatives within arts organizations and connecting with other Sphinx programming to further the mission of achieving excellence through diversity. As a bilingual ensemble, these artist-citizens frequently break down existing barriers empowering the artform to connect with the broader community. During the pandemic in 2020/21 the ensemble found creative ways to connect with audiences and communities virtually through performances, panel discussions, masterclasses, Q&A sessions, and more reaching over 30,000 people across 20 organizations.


Featuring Britton-René Collins, percussion

Levi Taylor Daydreaming (A Fantasy on Scott Joplin)

Scott Joplin Treemonisha Overture (arr. Jannina Norpoth & Jessie Montgomery)

Samuel Coleridge Taylor Four Novelletten, Op. 52

Juanito Becenti Hané for String Quartet

Teresa Carreño Serenade for Strings, mvt. IV Finale, Tempo di Marcia

Derrick Skye American Mirror Part One

Curtis Stewart Drill

Aaron P. Dworkin, Sphinx Organization Founder

“Classical music is both for us, and by us.”

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Sunday, March 30, 2025
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Prior Performing Arts Center
1 College St
Worcester, MA 01610 United States
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