Monday, July 3, 2017

Sphinx Monthly Headlines - July, 2017: Jimmy Lopez, Annelle Gregory, Aaron Dworkin, Sphinx Virtuosi, INTAKE, Lara Downes, Thomas Mesa, Aaron Olguin, Meredith Riley

Jimmy Lopez

Guardian of the Horizon: Concerto Grosso for Violin, Cello, and Strings was co-commissioned by the Sphinx Organization, with the support of Linda and Stuart Nelson, Carnegie Hall, and New World Center in honor of Sphinx's 20th Anniversary Celebration. The World Premiere will take place at New World Center, Miami, FL on September 28, 2017 and the Carnegie Hall performance will take place on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Don't miss this opportunity to book the Sphinx Virtuosi during their upcoming tour! Open dates include Oct. 1Oct. 7-11, and Oct. 24/25

Annelle Gregory, winner of the 2017 Robert Frederick Smith Prize

Apply now for the chance to win up to $50,000, solo appearances with major orchestras, a performance with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and a custom-made gold bow by Berg Bows International! The complete repertoire list, eligibility requirements and application guidelines for the upcoming national Sphinx Competition are available online. The registration fee is $35.

Don't miss the second annual epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity, Feb. 1-4, 2018 in Detroit, MI. Join hundreds of musicians, industry leaders, educators, funders, diversity advocates, and more for this transformative weekend. 

Registration is now open - for more information visit

Learn more about Sistema Global - Friends of El Sistema Worldwide here.

7pm concert, 8:30pm afterglow reception for gala sponsors. 

See gala levels here or email to reserve advance box seating. General admission tickets for sale starting 8/28 at

The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and its cultural partners, the National Council of the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services; are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs in the field of Creative Youth Development across the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people INTAKE was founded by Sphinx SPA Faculty alum and MPower recipient Angie Durrell.
Learn more about INTAKE 

Cadenza Artists is proud to announce their newest roster addition, pianist Lara Downes. Recognized as an iconoclastic pianist whose artistry has been called "luscious, moody and dreamy" by the The New York Times and "ravishing" by Fanfare Magazine, Lara Downes takes inspiration where she finds it, going beyond labels like "classical" or "eclectic" to make music that is timeless and timely, starts conversations, and resonates with the world we live in. A Sphinx Medals of Excellence recipient, Lara has also received the 2017 UC Davis Innovator of the Year award for her Sono Luminus recording "America Again", inspired by the words of Langston Hughes and a vision for equality, diversity and unity, expressed through the blended history of American music.

Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa was the winner of the 2016 Sphinx Competition. The Cleveland Plain Dealer said, "A listener with closed eyes would have been hard pressed to distinguish the 26-year-old's shapely, expressive performance with that of another gifted artist two or three times his age." He has been concerto soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, among others. He holds degrees from The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, and currently pursues a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.

Bassist Aaron Olguin recently won The Gary Karr Prize (1st Place) at the 2017 International Society of Bassists Double Bass Competition. This monetary award also included a new bow and the honor of performing at the ISB's opening recital in 2019. Aaron's participation at the 50th anniversary of the convening, along with a featured performance by his quartet [Bassinova Quartet], were made possible by a 2017 Sphinx MPower Artist Grant.

Meredith Riley Joins Richmond Symphony

Sphinx Competition alum and Sphinx Virtuosi member Meredith Riley will join the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Richmond, Virginia.

Astera String Quartet Making Their Mark
Sphinx artists Hannah White and Kayla Cabrera's quartet, Astera, received 2nd Place at the Fischoff National Competition and first prize in the International M-Prize Competition.
Comments by email:

1) Thank you Bill! Best, Lara [Lara Downes]

2) Thank you so much, Mr. Zick! ~ Annelle [Annelle Gregory]

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