Monday, November 2, 2009

Sphinx Musicians, Students to Visit White House for Classical Music Series

[Sphinx Prep students at a Violin Lesson]

The White House will host musicians from the Sphinx Preparatory Music Institute at Wayne State University, Sphinx Competition Alumni, and Sphinx Performance Academy students as a part of its forum on Classical Music on November 4, 2009. All the musicians will take part in the Classical Music Student Workshop Concert where Mrs. Obama will introduce Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt.

Metro Detroit piano students David Valentine II, Alexandra Halladay, Breanna Lockhart, Jaina Bennett and Lindsay Walker will all attend a class taught by Awadagin Pratt, who was recently a member of the Sphinx Competition Jury earlier this year. Competition Alumni Maia Cabeza, Robert Switala, Alexandria Switala, Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, all violinists, will attend a class with Joshua Bell.

Sphinx musicians will also participate in a class with cellist Alisa Weilerstein including Competition Alumni Anna Maria Litivenko, Gabriel Cabezas and Sphinx Performance Academy students Khristine Raymond and Jordan Boucicaut. The White House music series is part of a focus on the arts and arts education and the important role it plays in the development of youth academically and in building self-esteem. For information, please visit [The Founder/President of the Sphinx Organization is violinist Aaron P. Dworkin (b. 1970), who is profiled at]

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