Tuesday Tune: ‘Random Acts of Culture’ With The Sphinx Virtuosi
The Sphinx Virtuosi is described as a conductorless ensemble comprising alumni from the Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino string players. The mission of the group is to bring classical music to students across the country who likely would not be exposed to it otherwise. The group has 18 members and is currently in its sixth national tour with performances at colleges and performing arts centers.
Former Sphinx Virtuosi members have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious music schools, including Julliard and Peabody, and many alumni hold prime orchestral positions. They have also appeared as guest soloists for notable orchestras such as New York Philharmonic.
While touring in 2011, members of the Sphinx Virtuosi made time to execute what they refer to as “random acts of culture.” They took to the streets of downtown Detroit playing Mozart’s “Divertimento in D Major.” Watch the video below to see them playing the classical tune in random locations across the city.
The Sphinx Virtuosi operates in support of and with support from the Sphinx Organization. Watch a video overview of the Sphinx Organization HERE. Funded partly by the Knight Foundation, the Sphinx’s mission is:
We transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts.