Orchestra performs on Feb. 2
marks the fifteenth year of the partnership between
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and the Sphinx
Organization, the national social justice nonprofit
dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity
in the arts.
element of the partnership is Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’
sponsorship of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra (SSO)—a key
component of the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latinx
string players, Sphinx’s flagship program.
starts here with each and every note played,” said Mary Beth
Halprin, Director of Corporate Communications for
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and vice chair of board of the
Sphinx Organization. “The Sphinx Organization has impacted
millions of individuals through education, instruments, grants,
scholarships and audiences. We are grateful for the ability to
multiply that impact through our long-standing partnership.”
members serve as mentors to the Sphinx Competition semifinalists
onstage and through master classes and lectures during the
competition week. The SSO includes past and present members of
nearly a dozen of the nation’s foremost orchestras, as well as
faculty members of leading music institutions in the country.
Some of the organizations represented include: Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati
Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony
Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, The Orchestra of the
Metropolitan Opera House, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Puerto
Rico Symphony Orchestra, Harlem School of the Arts, Mason Gross
School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New England
Conservatory of Music, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins
University, & University of Michigan School of Music.
The SSO will
perform in Detroit on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the
Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center as part of the
22nd annual Finals Concert of the Sphinx Competition.
The orchestra will perform with the three Senior Division
finalists as they compete for the $50,000 first-place Robert
Frederick Smith prize and the $5,000 Audience Choice Award, also
presented by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
tickets are available for an optional $5 donation at SphinxMusic.org.