Alex Laing, Clarinet
Annelle Gregory, Violin
Sterling Elliott, Cello
Thomas Mesa, Cello
Damien Sneed, Piano
Eugene Rogers, Conductor
KAREEM ROUSTOM Dabke for String Orchestra
SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a
CASSADÓ Intermezzo e danza finale from Suite for Cello Solo
TERENCE BLANCHARD Dance for a New Day (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
DERRICK SPIVA JR. a vision unfolding: "Anthems of a Crowd" Part I (NY Premiere)
JOEL THOMPSON Caged Bird
TRAD. "Ndikhokhele Bawo" (arr. Lhente-Mari Pitout)
JOHN LEGEND / COMMON / RHYMEFEST "Glory" from Selma (arr. Eugene Rogers)
Support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by members of Carnegie Hall’s Composer Club.
The Sphinx Virtuosi is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Including 18 of the nation’s top black and Latinx classical soloists—primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition—these artists come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences. This unique ensemble earned rave reviews from The New York Times during its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in December 2004. Allan Kozinn described the performance as “first-rate in every way,” noting 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.”
The Sphinx Virtuosi have returned to Carnegie Hall annually since 2006. 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.
EXIGENCE is a vocal ensemble that highlights professional artistry within black and Latinx communities. Led by founding conductor Eugene Rogers, EXIGENCE brings together vocal artists—including solo performers, voice teachers, conductors, and composers—who recognize the power of community and of expression through choral music.