Sphinx Virtuosi Returns to Harris Theater With Catalyst Quartet

Sphinx Virtuosi

The  internationally heralded Sphinx Virtuosi (formerly known as the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra), joined by the Catalyst Quartet, will return to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm.  Presented in collaboration with the Music Institute of Chicago, this very special program will feature solo performances by eighteen year-old Music Institute of Chicago alumnus Gabriel Cabezas, a cellist and Sphinx competition winner, and seventeen year-old violinist Alexandra Switala, winner of the 2011 Sphinx Competition Junior Division and a current Music Institute of Chicago Academy Fellowship recipient.

Tickets to this performance are $10 each and available through the Harris Theater Box Office and be purchased by calling 312-334-7777 or online at www.harristheaterchicago.org.

The Sphinx Organization is the national non-profit arts and youth development organization dedicated to building diversity in classical music.  The mission of the Sphinx Organization is to increase African American and Latino participation in music schools, as professional musicians, as classical music audiences, and to administer youth development initiatives in underserved communities through music education.  Sphinx envisions a world in which classical music reflects cultural diversity and plays a role in the everyday lives of youths.

Heralded by The New York Times as “first rate in every way,” the 25-member Sphinx Virtuosi and Catalyst Quartet are comprised of the top Laureates of the national Sphinx Competition for young African American and Latino string players. The acclaimed ensembles will perform a diverse program to include works by Schubert, Bartok, Golijov, Handel-Halvorsen, and more.

Dr. Mark George, President and CEO of the Music Institute of Chicago added, “The Music Institute of Chicago invests significantly in the development of young classical musicians of color. We are proud to have our students and alumni perform with the Sphinx Virtuosi and wholeheartedly support the mission of the Sphinx Organization.”

For more program details, visit HarrisTheaterChicago.org.

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