Brains, brawn and making the big play are on the world stage this weekend. Not the Super Bowl, we’re talking about the 2018 Sphinx Competition Finals, held at DSO Orchestra Hall in the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.
The Junior Division Honors Concert is Friday, Feb. 2, beginning at noon. The Senior Division Finals Concert is Sunday, Feb. 4, beginning at 2 p.m.
Open to all Junior High, High School, and College age Black and Latino string players residing in the U.S., the Sphinx Competition offers young Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting.
For those who’ve never attended the Finals concerts, the Sphinx Competition represents a test of artistic skills and more. Like athletes, top musicians must possess physical strength and endurance, along with finely practiced skills, incredible intellectual faculties, and focused prodigal talent. The Sphinx Competition’s primary goals are to encourage, develop and recognize classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities.
The image above depicts Annelle Gregory, 2017 first place senior Laureate. The photo was taken by Kevin Kennedy.