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Sunday, January 29, 2023 2:00 PM // Hill Auditorium

25th Anniversary Tour
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
EXIGENCE (Eugene Rogers, music director)

Performance
 

In this concert, postponed from January 2021, Detroit’s Sphinx Organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, and UMS presents the full orchestra on its first-ever national tour, immediately after its Sphinx Competition performances.

The all-Black and Latinx Sphinx Symphony Orchestra is 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 several pieces, including Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a powerful multi-movement choral work that was premiered by the U-M Glee Club in 2016 and memorializes the last words spoken by seven African-American men killed by police or other authority figures.

Please note new performance start time of 2 pm.

This concert is presented in conjunction with SphinxConnect, a national convening focused on diversity and inclusion in the arts.

PROGRAM

Carlos Simon Motherboxx Connection
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Ballade for Orchestra
Valerie Coleman Seven O’Clock Shout
Michael Abels Delights and Dances
Traditional, arr. Augustus Hill Fix Me, Jesus
Carlos Cordero Holding Our Breath
Joel Thompson Seven Last Words of the Unarmed
John Legend / Common, arr. Eugene Rogers “Glory” from Selma

Meet the Artists

Eugene Rogers
Eugene Rogers
Music Director
Aundi Marie Moore
Aundi Marie Moore
soprano

Thank You to Our Sponsors

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

  • Ken Fischer Legacy Endowment Fund

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

  • Joel Howell and Linda Samuelson
  • Caitlin Klein and Joe Malcoun

MEDIA PARTNERS

Buy Tickets

25th Anniversary Tour
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
EXIGENCE (Eugene Rogers, music director)

Hill Auditorium
Starting at $14 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

CHOOSE A PERFORMANCE:

Buy Tickets Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

1/29/23 2:00 PM
Hill Auditorium

25th Anniversary Tour
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
EXIGENCE (Eugene Rogers, music director)

Performance
Buy Tickets
Starting at $14 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

In this concert, postponed from January 2021, Detroit’s Sphinx Organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, and UMS presents the full orchestra on its first-ever national tour, immediately after its Sphinx Competition performances.

The all-Black and Latinx Sphinx Symphony Orchestra is 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 several pieces, including Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a powerful multi-movement choral work that was premiered by the U-M Glee Club in 2016 and memorializes the last words spoken by seven African-American men killed by police or other authority figures.

Please note new performance start time of 2 pm.

This concert is presented in conjunction with SphinxConnect, a national convening focused on diversity and inclusion in the arts.

PROGRAM (Sun 1/29/2023: Hill Auditorium)

Carlos Simon Motherboxx Connection
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Ballade for Orchestra
Valerie Coleman Seven O’Clock Shout
Michael Abels Delights and Dances
Traditional, arr. Augustus Hill Fix Me, Jesus
Carlos Cordero Holding Our Breath
Joel Thompson Seven Last Words of the Unarmed
John Legend / Common, arr. Eugene Rogers “Glory” from Selma

Buy Tickets

25th Anniversary Tour
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
EXIGENCE (Eugene Rogers, music director)

Hill Auditorium
Starting at $14 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

CHOOSE A PERFORMANCE:

Buy Tickets

Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

Meet the Artists

Eugene Rogers
Eugene Rogers
Music Director
Aundi Marie Moore
Aundi Marie Moore
soprano

Thank You to Our Sponsors

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

  • Ken Fischer Legacy Endowment Fund

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

  • Joel Howell and Linda Samuelson
  • Caitlin Klein and Joe Malcoun

MEDIA PARTNERS

Eugene Rogers
Eugene Rogers
Music Director

A two-time Michigan Emmy Award winner, a 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, and a 2015 GRAMMY® Award nominee, Eugene Rogers is recognized as a leading conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to being the founding director of EXIGENCE, Dr. Rogers is the director of choirs and an associate professor of conducting at the University of Michigan. Recently, he was named as the fifth Artistic Director of the two-time GRAMMY® Award-Winning Ensemble, The Washington Chorus (Washington, D.C.).

Learn more at eugenerogers.com

Aundi Marie Moore
Aundi Marie Moore
soprano

American soprano Aundi Moore has quickly established herself as an exceptional talent with her recent appearance as Strawberry Woman in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Porgy and Bess last season. Previous career highlights on the opera stage include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at L’Opéra de Monte Carlo for her international operatic debut, Nedda (I Pagliacci) at Sarasota Opera, Mimi (La Boheme) in Italy at the Amalfi Coast Festival, Serena (Porgy and Bess) at Atlanta Opera and at Virginia Opera, Young African American Soprano in Ricky Ian Gordon’s world premiere of Rappahannock County at Virginia Opera, Soprano 2 in the US premiere of Michael Nyman’s Facing Goya at Spoleto Festival, and the role of Odessa Clay in the world premiere of D. J. Sparr’s Approaching Ali commissioned by Washington National Opera.

Learn more at aundimariemoore.com

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