Center Stage Series Presents Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet Oct. 26

Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductorless ensemble of soloists, comprising top alumni of the national Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino string players, brings their classical music talent to the Luther College campus at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Luther Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.Tickets are $24, $22 for seniors ages 65 and up, and $15 for youth age 4-18, and may be purchased online at

The national Sphinx Competition offers young black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of a panel of internationally renowned judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting. The competition's primary goals are to encourage, develop and recognize classical music talent in the black and Latino communities. 

The program at Luther will include repertoire in the theme of “Music of the Americas” from Latino and African American composers such as Piazzolla, Ginastera, Montgomery and Golijov.           

Members of the Sphinx Virtuosi have completed or continue to pursue their studies at the nation’s top music schools, including Juilliard, Curtis, Eastman, Peabody, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.

Several of Sphinx Virtuosi’s members have appeared as soloists with major groups, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle and Pittsburgh orchestras. The four principal players—members of the Catalyst Quartet—will be featured on small-ensemble and unaccompanied solo works.

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Sphinx Virtuosi and Catalyst Quartet