NEW YORK, NY - On Friday October 13, Columbia High School students attended the 10th Annual Sphinx Virtuosi concert at Carnegie Hall. The trip was coordinated and chaperoned by James A Manno, Fine Arts Supervisor for the South Orange Maplewood School District. "The students absolutely loved the super performances and virtuosity displayed by the Sphinx musicians," stated Manno.

The Sphinx Virtuosi , a professional chamber orchestra, is comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, all alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, according to the Sphinx Virtuosi website.

The Sphinx Virtuosi have returned to Carnegie Hall annually since 2006, performing to sold-out halls and earning outstanding reviews from The New York Times each year. "At once 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," stated their website.

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, this year’s program offered a collection of concerti through the ages ranging from baroque to modern day. The program also included two commissioned works; Guardian of the Horizon: Concerto Grosso for Violin, Cello, and Strings, by award-winning composer Jimmy Lopez and Delights and Dances by Michael Abels.

The 2017 Sphinx Virtuosi national tour is made possible by lead corporate sponsor, JPMorgan Chase.