Saturday, February 28, 2009

'Sphinx Journeys' Premieres on WRCJ 90.9 FM & Online Sunday, March 1, 5:00 PM

[A Journey of the Harlem Quartet]
Join us this Sunday

This weekend, an exciting new initiative begins at Sphinx. We invite you to join us on a journey through the music of Black and Latino classical composers and performers. “Sphinx Journeys,” a seven-part radio series, will take our listeners on an exploration of music created by composers and performers of color. Each one-hour episode is hosted by Founder and President Aaron Dworkin—the series premieres this Sunday, March 1 on WRCJ 90.9 FM in Detroit and will be heard on Sundays at 5 p.m. Listeners around the world can listen on the web at
The first episode is “A Journey of the Harlem Quartet,” featuring the all Black and Latino professional string ensemble comprised of First Place Laureates of the national Sphinx Competition. The quartet consists of violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White along with violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and cellist Desmond Neysmith. 

Tune in to hear The Harlem Quartet playing music from At the Octoroon Balls, composed by Wynton Marsalis; Mi Menor Conga by Guido Lopez Gavilan (Ilmar’s father); and Take the A Train, by Billy Strayhorn. You can be among the first to preview the First Episode here: 

Future episodes will focus on the music of William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Ástor Piazzolla and many others. All programs may also be heard online, at time of broadcast, at and will eventually be available “on demand” at the same site. “Sphinx Journeys” is a co-production of WRCJ 90.9 FM and The Sphinx Organization, with funding provided by The Kresge Foundation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. WRCJ 90.9 FM is a listener supported service of Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television. Happy Listening! [Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), Aaron P. Dworkin (b. 1970) and William Grant Still (1895-1978) are profiled at]

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