NEW YORK, NY - Columbia High School students attended the 11th Annual Sphinx Virtuosi concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The Sphinx Viruosi is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 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, according to the Sphinx Virtuosi website.

This year’s program, Music Without Borders, illuminated works by composers from communities searching for harmony and separated by time, distance, hardship, and conflict, explained James A. Manno, Fine Arts Supervisor for the South Orange - Maplewood School District, who organized the trip.

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The concert included works by Emmy nominated Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, Dmitri Shostakovich, Gaspar Cassadó, and features a newly commissioned work by Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard. Columbia High School students had the opportunity to meet Blanchard and take a photo together, shared Manno.

Sphinx’s first vocal ensemble, EXIGENCE, made their Carnegie Hall debut as a featured guest artist, joined by pianist and Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient Damien Sneed, said Manno.

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