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Sphinx Virtuosi

For Justice and Peace - Peak Debut

One of the nation’s most dynamic chamber orchestras, the Detroit-based Sphinx Virtuosi makes its Peak Performances debut with a program driven by issues of social justice. Comprising 18 prizewinning Black and Latinx soloists, the performance includes a new composition and inspiration for the title of the program by Xavier Foley, Philip Herbert‘s requiem for a life lost to violence, Jessie Montgomery‘s homage to African-American artists in the Civil Rights era, Michael Abels‘ ode to the well-being of earth, and more. With “immeasurable power, unwavering command, and soulful beauty” (The Washington Post), these talented young artists address our current moment with a sensitivity and clarity that points toward peace.

Aldemaro Romero
Fuga con pajarillo (Fugue with little bird)

Béla Bartók
Divertimento for Strings

Jennifer Higdon
Southern Harmony

Michael Abels
Global Warming


Philip Herbert
Elegy: In Memoriam – Stephen Lawrence

Xavier Foley
For Justice and Peace for Violin, Bass, and String Orchestra

Jessie Montgomery
Source Code

Franz Schubert
Death and Maiden, Finale


First Impressions
Sunday, October 6, post-performance
Alexander Kasser Theater
Featuring members of the Sphinx Virtuosi company
For more information, visit www.peakperfs.org/engage


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Programs in Peak Performances’ 2019-20 season are made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.