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Feb 13, 2012
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Finals Concert for the 15th Annual Sphinx Competition took place on Sunday, February 12, at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the end, Gabriel Cabezas, cellist, won First Place. On Friday, February 10, violinist Ade Williams, 14, took First Place at the Junior Division Honors Concert, also at Hill Auditorium.
The Competition participants performed with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra throughout the week. The Sphinx Symphony Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians from around the country, receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and performed under the direction of prominent conductor and music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Michael Morgan.
The Sphinx Competition offers young Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with establsihed professional musicians in a competition setting. Its primary goals are to encourage, develop and recognize classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities.
The Sphinx Organization
The mission of the Sphinx Organization is to increase the participation of Blacks and Latinos in music schools, as professional musicians, and as classical music audiences; to administer youth development initiatives in underserved communities through music education; and to promote the creation, performance, and preservation of works by Black and Latino composers.
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