October 17, 2021
$48, $41, $29, half-price for youth through Grade 12
4400 University Drive, MS 4C1, Fairfax, VA 22030
Sphinx Virtuosi: Tracing Visions
Welcome Mason Artist-in-Residence Sphinx Virtuosi, the Detroit-based chamber orchestra dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Prepare to stretch beyond the usual notions of the classical music canon with a dynamic program of music by women and composers of color. The evening begins with Xavier Foley’s Ev’ry Voice, a take on the Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” mirrored later in the program by Jessie Montgomery's vision of the national anthem, with all of its richness, conflict, and celebration in Banner! Montgomery’s creative genius is displayed again in the regional premiere of Divided, a cello concerto which is a musical response to the current American political climate. The program also features Four Novelletten, a beautifully crafted work by Samuel Coleridge Taylor that infuses the modern string orchestra with romantic sentimentality. In addition, works by Cuban composer Guido Lopez Gavila, Florence Price, and Alberto Ginastera are featured. With this program, Sphinx Virtuosi contemplates our country’s present division and through creative expression, offers ways to evolve together toward a more just and equitable future. During their residency, ensemble members will spend time participating in engagement activities with the greater northern Virginia community and Mason students.