Thursday, July 9, 2009

2009 Sphinx Chamber Orchestra Tour Schedule

Tour Expanded to Record Number of Stops!

Launching a second year of its history-making tour, the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra is returning to the national spotlight in venues across the country including a return to Carnegie Hall. Presenters nationwide have again affirmed the importance of diverse programs that help to build diverse audiences. Sphinx proudly announces our annual showcase of outstanding Sphinx artists that brings the top young artists of color to the forefront of our field.

"Building on the phenomenal success we've had during the inaugural Fall 2008 Tour, the 2009 SCO Tour allows us to share the incredible talent of our Competition alumni and underperformed masterpieces of Black and Latino composers," said Sphinx Founder and President, Aaron P. Dworkin. "This year the number of performances has grown by 50% due to positive reviews of the inaugural tour along with our continued success in building new artistic partnerships."

2009 Sphinx Chamber Orchestra Tour Schedule

9/13- Kobacker Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

9/15- E.J. Thomas Hall, University of Akron, OH

9/18- August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Pittsburgh, PA

9/20- Oberlin College Artist Recital Series, Oberlin, OH

9/24- The Porter Center for Performing Arts, Brevard College, Brevard, NC

9/27- North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

9/29- Kilbourne Concert Series, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

10/2- Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals, Rockefeller University, New York, NY

10/5- Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

10/7- Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

10/21- California State University, Chico, CA

10/24- Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA

Last year, the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra along with the Harlem Quartet made a historic journey, marking the inaugural national tour in venues such as the Krannert Center, Detroit's Orchestra Hall, Harris Theatre and Carnegie Hall, reaching over 3,600 students during outreach sessions and concert audiences of 8,000. The tour garnered critical acclaim, including a rave review in The New York Times which described the performances as "passionate", "virtuosic", "excellent" and "elegant".

Drawn from alumni of the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players, the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra Tour continues to create new opportunities for talented young musicians of color. The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra Tour is made possible through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Target is the National Sponsor of Musical Encounters-The Tour! providing educational engagement sessions at each SCO Tour stop. [Aaron P. Dworkin (b. 1970) is an African American violinist who is profiled at]

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