Tonight (Nov. 5), the Vail Series presents Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductor-less ensemble of soloists made up of some of the top black and Latino string players in the nation, and the Catalyst Quartet.
Founded by Aaron Dworkin in 1996, the Sphinx Organization sponsors competitions for young musicians from backgrounds often underrepresented in concert halls. Many of the competition’s most talented alumni go on to play with the ensemble, which The New York Time’s music critic, Allan Kozinn, described as “first-rate in every way.” A yearly fixture in Carnegie Hall since 2006, the Sphinx Virtuosi enjoy introducing audiences to a variety of music, performing masterpieces by Bach and Tchaikovsky alongside less well-known works by composers of color, such as Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, George Walker, Michael Abels, and Astor Piazzolla.
Check out the video to get a sneak peek of the group in a previous performance. Tonight Karla Donehew Perez will serve as concertmaster.