All Black and Latinx Chamber Orchestra, Sphinx Virtuosi, performs at Museum of Fine Arts this Friday

Beach Drive is alive with the sound of pulsating, breathtaking music. That’s courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts’ brand new exhibition, Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney, and the myriad events accompanying the new exhibition. The Detroit-based Sphinx Virtuosi will be at the MFA as part of a special, three-day residency, culminating in a powerful concert performance of their program, For Justice and Peace.

The performance will feature John Williams’ Three Themes (arrangements from scores of Schindler’s List, Angela’s Ashes, and Hymn to the Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan); and Frank Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, a work by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. Attendees will also enjoy access to the special exhibition, Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney, before the performance, from 6 – 7 pm.

So, who are The Sphinx Virtuosi?

The Sphinx Virtuosi are the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestra, dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Comprised of eighteen of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists, the Virtuosi are alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, and its members work together as cultural ambassadors reaching new audiences.

The ensemble earned rave reviews from The New York Times during its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in December 2004: Allan Kozinn described their performance as “first-rate in every way” and said that “the ensemble produced a more beautiful, precise and carefully shaped sound than some fully professional orchestras that come through Carnegie Hall in the course of the year.”

Chamber Orchestra performs at Carnegie Hall annually

The Sphinx Virtuosi have returned to Carnegie Hall annually since 2006, performing to sold-out audiences and earning additional outstanding reviews from The New York Times each year. Acting as a bridge between minority communities and the classical music establishment, the Sphinx Virtuosi continue to garner critical acclaim during their annual national tours to many of the leading venues around the country.

St. Petersburg is so lucky to have this band visit and perform live at the Museum of Fine Arts. Tickets for the February 21 event are $20 and available online. Tickets are just $10 for members.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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