Three Showpieces for Viola by Frederick Tillis will be played by violist Jason Amos at the Detroit Institute of Arts on February 7. An encore performance will be take place at Palmer Woods Music-Creative Arts Collective on February 29th. The Palmer Woods Association is the neighborhood association for the Palmer Woods historic neighborhood in Detroit.
Curated by Detroit Native and Grammy Nominated Violinist Jannina Norpoth, a collective of distinguished Sphinx Alumni fuse past, present and future through a dynamic collection of Contemporary works by Black Composers ranging from the music of saxophonist-composer Frederick C. Tillis, to Sphinx Alum Jessie Montgomery, to Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Sharing Sphinx Connect's 2020 Conference's theme "Vision" this program contemplates how we perceive the world around us, how we see one another, and how music can both illuminate Black History and envision our future.
Featuring Distinguished Alumni from the Sphinx Organization
Jannina Norpoth - Violin, Host
Jessie Montgomery - Violin, Composer
Jason Amos - Viola
Gabe Cabezas - Cello
Jannina Norpoth made her debut as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 14. Since then she has built a career as an innovative collaborative artist with a passion for contemporary music, genre bending and improvisation, a sought after arranger and orchestrator, and an advocate for a more inclusive and versatile landscape in classical music. Her string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, is recognized for unique and genre inclusive programming, earning them the 2019 Visionary Artist Award from Chamber Music America.