Poster Thomas Mesa
Thomas Mesa wins 1st place in the 2016 Sphinx Competition Senior Division.
APM photo/Nate Ryan
Performance Today®

The 2016 Sphinx Competition

The Sphinx Competition is an annual event for young African American and Latino string players. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll speak to the winner and hear performance highlights from this past weekend's competition in Detroit.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

William Bolcom: Three Rags for String Quartet
Sean Lee, violin; Frank Huang, violin; Dimitri Murrath, viola; Antonio Lysy, cello
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY

Peter Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: Movements 2-3
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Manze, conductor
Mecklenburg-Vorpommem Festival, Konzertkirche, Neubrandenburg, Germany

Igor Stravinsky: Octet for Winds
Festival Chamber Players: Matthew Ross, flute; Thomas Parchman, clarinet; Jeffrey Keeecker, bassoon; Joshua Price, bassoon; Christian Paarup, trombone; Aaron Mathias-Long, trumpet; Deanna Tham, conduc
The National Music Festival, Prince Theatre, Garfield Center for the Arts, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

Hour 2

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major
Bellingham Festival Orchestra; Michael Palmer, conductor
Bellingham Festival of Music, Western Washington University Performing Arts Center, Bellingham, WA

Camille Saint-Saens: Septet in E-Flat Major for Trumpet, Strings and Piano, Op. 65
Michael Sachs, trumpet; Martin Chalifour, violin; Jun-Ching Lin, violin; Robert Vernon, viola; Mark Kosower, cello; Timothy Pitts, bass; Joanne Pearce Martin, piano
Strings Music Festival, Strings Pavilion, Steamboat Springs, CO

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: Movement 4
Thomas Mesa, cello; Sphinx Orchestra; Andrew Grams, conductor
Sphinx Competition, Detroit, MI

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