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Sphinx Competition finals concert at Orchestra Hall features top Black and Latinx musicians


DETROIT, December 13, 2018: In February 2019, the Sphinx Organization in partnership with DTE Energy Foundation will bring 19 young Black and Latinx string players from around the country to Detroit to compete in the 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition.


The competition culminates in a public concert at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 7:30PM, where the three Senior Division finalists of the competition will take the stage to compete for the first place $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith prize. The concert will feature performances by each competition finalist; the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, presented by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and EXIGENCE Vocal Ensemble, a professional vocal ensemble led by founding conductor Eugene Rogers. A celebratory dance party will follow the concert. 


“The support of the Detroit community in celebrating this momentous event with us is an annual highlight for Sphinx,” said Sphinx President and Artistic Director Afa S. Dworkin. “Each year, we look forward to coming together with old friends and new to experience inspirational performances and be transformed by the power of diversity in our artform.”


The Sphinx Competition is Sphinx’s flagship program, launched in 1998 with the goal of encouraging, developing and recognizing classical music talent in the Black and Latinx communities. There are two divisions of the competition based on age, Junior Division (17 and under) and Senior Division (18-30).


Through the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx has awarded more than $2.5 million in prizes and scholarships since its inaugural year. In 2019, the 19 semifinalists will convene in Detroit from January 29 to February 3 and will participate in master classes, professional development sessions, and compete for more than $100,000 in prizes and performance opportunities with major orchestras across the country.


Since 2007, the Sphinx Competition has been presented by the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy. Their 2019 sponsorship represents the continuation of a long-standing partnership with Sphinx and a dedication to supporting nonprofits throughout the company’s 450 service communities.


“The DTE Energy Foundation has been a proud supporter of Sphinx for more than 15 years,” said DTE Energy Foundation President Lynette Dowler. “This competition plays a critical role in encouraging young musicians in the Black and Latinx communities to pursue classical music. We are proud to play a part in making these remarkable musicians’ dreams come true.”


Tickets to the Finals Concert are available at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office at DSO.org or 313-576-5130. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Tickets@SphinxMusic.org.


Sphinx programs reach more than 100,000 students and artists, as well as live and broadcast audiences of more than two million annually. Read more about Sphinx’s programs at www.SphinxMusic.org.



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