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UMS Presents: Sphinx Symphony Orchestra with EXIGENCE

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As Detroit’s Sphinx Organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, UMS presents the full orchestra on its first-ever national tour, immediately after its performances as part of the Sphinx Competition.

The Sphinx Symphony Orchestra is the unique all-Black and Latinx orchestra composed of top professionals from around the country, with members serving as mentors to Competition finalists and promoting works by Black and Latinx composers. Sphinx’s vocal ensemble, Exigence, joins the ensemble for Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a powerful multi-movement choral work premiered by the U-M Glee Club that memorializes the last words spoken by seven African-American men killed by police or other authority figures.