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Nation’s top young Latino and black musicians compete for solo performances, prizes


Detroit/Ann Arbor: The 15h Annual Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino String Players will bring 19 of the country’s top young black and Latino string players to southeast Michigan.


Over the past 15 years, Sphinx artists have made more than 250 solo appearances with orchestras around the country, engaged 100,000 young people in schools and community centers nationwide, and reached 5 million in broadcast audiences.


The Sphinx Competition, to be held February 8-12, 2012, will feature performances in Ann Arbor and Detroit and professional development opportunities for all participants. This year the inaugural Arthur Johnson Memorial Lecture celebrates the legacy of the civil rights leader and will also honor a leader in the community.


Selected from a national pool of applicants, the 19 semi-finalists will compete for more than $25,000 in prizes, performance opportunities with major orchestras across the country and full- tuition scholarships to leading music institutions. This year's semi-finalists range in age from 12 to 25, and hail from 12 states.

Junior Division Laureates will compete for first place at the Honors Concert on Friday, February 10th at 12:00PM at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium in partnership with the University Musical Society.


The Senior Division culminates in the Finals Concert Sunday, February 12th at 2:00PM at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. For the first time in Sphinx’s history, the live audience will be able to text their Audience Choice nominations at the concert. The winner will receive live recognition and a cash award in addition to other prizes.

Both the Honors and Finals Concerts will feature the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Morgan. Brought to this year’s events through the support of Lillian and Don Bauder and the Bauder Conductor Fellowship, Morgan is a prominent conductor and music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony.  

Guest artists the Catalyst Quartet, a Sphinx Ensemble, will be featured during the Competition. The Catalyst Quartet comprises top Laureates and Alumni from the Sphinx Competition. The Catalyst Quartet inspires new and young audiences with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire by a wide range of composers.


Each year, young black and Latino string players from around the country audition for the competition, which has awarded more than $1 million in prizes and scholarships since 1998.


General admission tickets are $12 and $5 tickets are available for groups of ten or more by contacting Margaret Cassetto, 313-877-9100 ext.714 or email: [email protected]


 To purchase tickets visit www.SphinxMusic.org or call the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office at 313-576-5111.


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