January 11th, 2018Premieres & Commissions
EXIGENCE, the new Sphinx Organization vocal ensemble, is dedicated to the belief that there is a great need—an exigence—for diversity in the arts and the world of choral music. Led by founding conductor Eugene Rogers, EXIGENCE is comprised of vocal artists within the Black and Latino communities, including solo performers, voice-teachers, conductors, and composers who recognize the power of community and expression through choral music.
A Vision Unfolding is the inaugural performance by this groundbreaking group and will feature a range of music from traditional classical concert repertoire to newly commissioned works by Black and Latino composers. Using three perspectives of the concert theme, A Vision Unfolding of mercy, equanimity and hope, the program includes works by Verdi, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Woo, Guillaume, Castañeda, Hearne, Hill and two premieres – A Vision Unfolding by Derrick Spiva, Jr. and Caged Bird by Joel Thompson.
A Vision Unfolding at the Hartford Baptist Memorial Church in Detroit on February 2nd, 2018, is a part of SphinxConnect – Sphinx's national convention, the epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity. Tickets for A Vision Unfolding will be available online or at the door. This inaugural performance by EXIGENCE will be followed by a performance on Feb. 4th at the Finals Concert of the national Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players (tickets sold separately).
Please join us for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of music with EXIGENCE: A Vision Unfolding.
“We believe that vocal concert music continues to need more voices at the table from disparate backgrounds and perspectives”
–Dr. Eugene Rogers, EXIGENCE founding director