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Sphinx Virtuosi: Music Without Borders

A chamber ensemble comprised of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical string soloists, the Sphinx Virtuosi returns to Saint Paul after acclaimed performances at the Ordway in 2016 and 2017. The orchestra will perform music by composers from communities searching for harmony and separated by time, distance, hardship and conflict. Included are works by Emmy-nominated Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, three-time Grammy-nominated Uruguayan-American composer Miguel del Aguila, multiple Grammy Award-winning American jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, and the Chamber Symphony of one of the towering figures of classical music, Dmitri Shostakovich. 

Co-presented by the Arts Partnership (The Ordway, Minnesota Opera, Schubert Club and the SPCO)

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Triptyque for String Orchestra, Yasushi Akutagawa

Life is a Dream (La vida es sueño), Op. 76, Miguel del Águila

Solo Cello Suite, Gaspar Cassadó (Sterling Elliott, cello)

Dance for a New Day, Terence Blanchard (Annelle Gregory, solo violin; Thomas Mesa, solo cello)


Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a, Dmitri Shostakovich

Dabke from A Voice Exclaiming, Kareem Roustom

America, Leonard Bernstein arr. Norpoth


Violin I
Suliman Tekalli (Concertmaster)
Annelle K. Gregory (Assistant Concertmaster)
Patricia Quintero
Clayton Penrose-Whitmore

Violin II
Emilia Mettenbrink (Principal)
Meredith Riley
Chauntee Ross

Celia Hatton (Co-Principal)
Robert Switala (Co-Principal)
William Neri
Caitlin Adamson

Thomas Mesa (Principal)
Erica Snowden Rodriguez
Ryan Murphy
Caleb Jones

Double Basses
Jonathan Colbert (Principal)
Benjamin Harris