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Sphinx Symphony Orchestra performs on Feb. 2

DETROIT: 2019 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.


A recent 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.


“Community 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.”


Orchestra 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.

Concert tickets are available for an optional $5 donation at SphinxMusic.org.




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