Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra partners with Sphinx Organization to present Martin University Night


INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) continues its partnership with the Sphinx Organization to present Martin University Night at the ISO for an enchanting evening of chamber music at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2022. Working with the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, a national nonprofit dedicated to developing young Black and Latinx classical musicians, the collaboration brings Sphinx artists and ISO musicians together for an annual series of chamber and orchestral music at locations throughout Indianapolis. The project is made possible through the generous support of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.

The Feb. 16 performance honors Martin University and its commitment to creating opportunities for students in an inclusive environment. In alignment with the ISO’s goals of promoting diversity, inclusivity, equity and belonging in the classical music experience, the program will explore undiscovered classical works curated by cellist and Sphinx musician Thomas Mesa. Through the ISO’s Unheard Voices initiative, the 2021-22 season celebrates contemporary and historical composers whose works are often underrepresented in orchestras today. The Sphinx program, along with the full spring repertoire, features composers who authentically represent their unique culture, exploring the human condition through the universal language of music.


The concert features Sphinx musicians including cellist Thomas Mesa, pianist Albert Cano-Smit, violinist Rainel Joubert and JP Jofre on the bandoneon. The program includes Meditation by Florence Price, who was the first Black woman to have her music performed by a major U.S. orchestra, along with the lively and melodic The Bamboula by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, violin works by Joubert and bandoneon works by JP Jofre. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is required. “The ISO is thrilled to welcome Martin University to be part of this exciting initiative with the Sphinx Organization as we celebrate Black History Month,” said James M. Johnson, CEO, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “The Sphinx partnership brings diverse voices to the ISO and engages orchestra musicians and concert artists whose voices are underrepresented in classical music. We are grateful to the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation for their generous support of this program, which is connecting our audiences with Black and Latinx musicians whose talents deserve wide recognition.” “We salute and say thank you to the ISO for its Martin University Night and partnership with the Sphinx Organization through support of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation,” said Dr. Sean L. Huddleston, President of Martin University and a member of the ISO Board of Directors. “Expanding the cultural experience of our students is very important to us at Martin, and we appreciate this partnership promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equity to a broader audience through classical music.”


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