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Sphinx Symphony Orchestra: Concert Evaluation Essay

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On February 23, I attended the 17th Annual Sphinx Competition held at the Detroit Orchestra Hall. The concert was phenomenal, and surprisingly enough to me I actually relished the performance. The reason the concert satisfied me was due to the fact of the meaning that was upheld throughout the concert. The Sphinx Orchestra is an amazing foundation in which supports Black and Latino string classical musicians and gives them a chance to better their life through the prodigious gift of scholarships. At this specific concert three finalist strived to see who truly has the utmost talent amongst the three. The three musicians included nineteen year old bassist, Xavier Foley; twenty-one year old cellist, Nicholas Mariscal; and twenty year old violinist, Clayton Penrose-Whitmore. Each musician did an extraordinary and gave the impression that they played their pieces flawlessly. Although all the young musicians achieved mere perfection; there had to be a winner and that was Xavier Foley. He received fifty thousand dollars in scholarships and by all means deserved it. The conductor of the concert was Maestro Brandon Keith Brown, who also did astonishing. In addition to all of those great musicians I also had the honor of hearing Simon Shaheen playing the oud. All together the performance was just incredible in my eyes.
Each young musician did their own piece as well as Simon Shaheen. Xavier Foley played an amazing piece by Giovanni Bottesini. Xavier performed Concerto No. 2 in A Minor: l. Allegro. Nicholas Mariscal selected a piece by Sir Edward Elgar, and was his Concerto in E Minor: lV. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non troppo, which translates to Lively – Moderate – Lively, but not too much. Clayton Penrose-Whitmore designated to a piece by Camille Saint-Saёns and is named Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Simon Shaheen played the most interesting piece in my mind due to the oud being such an interesting instrument. He selected the piece Concerto No. 1 for Oud and Orchestra: lll. Finale, composed by no other than himself. These are the pieces in which I heard throughout the Sphinx Orchestra Concert.
The concert overall was exciting and exhilarating, because of the fact that the orchestra was so unique. It definitely was not what I was expecting going into the event. It made listening classical music fun with bringing in a competition along with the music. Also the audience played a role in which young musician would...

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