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Speaker: Members of Sphinx Virtuosi

This Zoom event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit 

Sphinx Virtuosi is a Detroit-based chamber music orchestra dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Following an in-person performance at the Fairfax Center for the Arts on October 17 at 3 p.m., the orchestra will remain in the area two more days as part of the Mason Artist-in-Residence program, participating in workshops, class visits, and community engagement events. As part of their outreach, Sphinx Virtuosi will present a special Zoom class on Monday Oct 18 with LLI, Fairfax OLLI, and Annandale LLI starting at 1:30 p.m. and running until 3 p.m. The digital event will be a lecture-demonstration where members of the orchestra will play a few pieces and discuss their history and purpose. If you have attended a classical music performance, you may have observed a lack of diversity in the audience, program, and performers. Sphinx Virtuosi works to combat that as an ensemble comprising Black and Latinx musicians that performs works by traditionally underrepresented artists. The panel will discuss their current work in education and diversity and will take questions at the end. The link to this Zoom session is forthcoming via email to those who register for the class.