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Sphinx Virtuosi

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

February 22, 2025

Performing Arts

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Experience the groundbreaking artistry of Sphinx Virtuosi, an extension of Detroit’s own, globally-renowned Sphinx Organization, committed to amplifying Black and Latinx voices in classical music. The self-conducted chamber orchestra delivers a pioneering evening titled American Form/s, a musical tapestry spotlighting the many sounds of American classical music and composers of color. Vibrant, varied, and storied, take a journey through classically-framed infusions of soul, bluegrass, jazz, blues, and elements of rag. Works range from reimaginings of Joplin’s joyous landscapes to the complex rhythms of Curtis Stewart, the brilliant influences of immigrant composers like Teresa Carreño, and the intricate harmonies and world influences of Derrick Skye, as well as modern interpretations of soul-stirring spirituals and more, celebrating the richness of the American musical landscape. Featured soloist is percussion star Britton-René Collins, Grand Prize-winner of the 2022 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and the 2021 Chicago International Music Competition.

LEVI TAYLOR: Daydreaming (A Fantasy on Scott Joplin)
SCOTT JOPLIN, arr. Jannina Norpoth, Jessie Montgomery: Treemonisha Overture
SAMUEL COLERIDGE TAYLOR: Four Novelletten, Op. 52
JUANTIO BECENTI: Hané for String Quartet
TERESA CARREÑO: Serenade for Strings, IV. Finale, Tempo di Marcia
DERRICK SKYE: American Mirror Part One