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21st Annual Sphinx Finals Competition Concert

The Sphinx Organization's 21st annual celebration of diversity in classical music, featuring the three senior division finalists accompanied by the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. Top young Black and Latino string players will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes.

AIRED: February 27, 2018 | 0:56:15
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NARRATOR: Support for this program

is provided by the DTE Energy Foundation,

a proud presenter of the 21st annual Sphinx competition.

The DTE Energy Foundation congratulates

the Sphinx Organization and supports their work

to transform lives and communities.

(lively orchestral music)

The Sphinx Organization, it's

a multidimensional organization,

and I'm very honored to be here.

Sphinx means opportunity to grow as a person

and as an ambassador for not only the arts

but also inclusion and diversity

and all of the things that are

so integral to Sphinx's vision.

It's a center of artistry and diversity, and they've

enabled some of the greatest opportunities that I've had.

(audience applauding and cheering)

(contemplative violin music)

My name is Ruben Rengel.

I'm from Caracas, Venezuela, originally.

I'm going to school now in Houston at Rice University.

I play violin, and I'm 22 years old.

I come from a musical family.

My dad plays Venezuelan folk music,

and I started really young.

It was always an environment of music at home.

I think music should reach as much people as possible,

and that's my goal, personally.

Of course, that requires achieving

a great level of artistry and technique,

and that'll give me the opportunity

to reach as many people as possible.

(contemplative violin music)

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(audience applauding and cheering)

(audience applauding and cheering)

(contemplative cello music)

My name is Gabriel Martins.

I'm 19 years old.

I'm from Bloomington, Indiana, and I play the cello.

I'll be playing the last movement

of the cello concerto by Robert Schumann.

Schumann is an interesting composer because he was

troubled with schizophrenia for his whole life.

If you heard it on first glance,

you wouldn't think that at all.

You'd think it's this joyous, happy music.

But I think it's essential to understand all the voices

in his head and all the characters that

are coming through.

In that moment, it's like you'll have one scene

and then, seconds later, you're

in a completely different world.

(lively orchestral music)

This is an amazing opportunity.

The orchestra is made up of musicians

from around the world, but they all come together,

all incredibly competent in their own right.

What I love to do more than anything is just to perform,

to play great music, and to communicate

and express that music to audiences.

(contemplative cello music)

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(audience applauding and cheering)

(audience applauding and cheering)

(contemplative violin music)

My name's Randall Goosby.

I play violin, and I am 21 years old.

I'm from Memphis but I currently live in New York City.

Sphinx has been pretty, pretty integral in my growth.

I was actually here after winning the junior division

when I competed in 2010, so I was 13.

And, to me, Sphinx means opportunity,

I think more than anything, not just an opportunity

to go out and perform and share my music

and my love for music with others

but also the opportunity to grow as a person

and as an ambassador for not only the arts

but also inclusion and diversity

and all of the things that are

so integral to Sphinx's vision.

The opportunity to meet and connect

with so many different people

from so many different backgrounds

and cultures who are united by this goal

and by this vision that we all share.

They have gone from Aaron Dworkin the founder,

started the competition with 12 people,

and this is the 21st annual competition.

So, in 20 years, it's grown and you know,

it's now an international organization

transforming lives through diversity in the arts,

and, I mean, that pretty much sums it up.

(contemplative violin music)

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(audience applauding and cheering)

(audience applauding and cheering)

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen please welcome

the President and Artistic Director

of the Sphinx Organization, Afa Dworkin.

(audience applauds and cheers)

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,

and welcome to the 21st Annual Sphinx Competition,

presented by the DTE Energy Foundation.

(audience applauds and cheers)

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for.

I'd like to ask our laureates and our award presenters

to come to the stage for the presentation

of our finals jury's decision.

(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

Please welcome to the podium Greg Ruvolo,

Manager of Community Relations and Online Communications

at the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

to present the Audience Choice Award.

(audience applauds and cheers)

Good afternoon.

I'm honored to be here with you today

at the 2018 Sphinx Competition Finals.

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

is proud to support the Audience Choice Award

for the seventh consecutive year.

Now it is my honor to share the results

of the live vote that took place just moments ago.

The winner of the Audience Choice Award

of $5,000 in the 21st Annual Sphinx Competition

Senior Division is Randall Goosby.

(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

AFA: Now, here to present our third place award

is Angela Polk with Ford Motor Company Fund.

(audience applauds and cheers)

Thank you and good afternoon.

It's my pleasure to be here with you this afternoon

on behalf of Ford Motor Company Fund.

And now it is my pleasure to present to you

the third place award,

and that happens to go to

Mr. Randall Goosby.

(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

Here to present our second place award

is Mary Beth Halprin, Vice-Chair

of Sphinx's Board of Directors

and Director for Corporate Communications

at the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

(audience applauds and cheers)

Thank you, Afa.

What a wonderful day it's been.

Hasn't it really warmed your heart?

And you're not thinking about that snow outside.

You're thinking about just how beautiful you feel,

here on the inside.

I'm honored to be here today

to recognize this 21st year of Sphinx music.

Its now my pleasure to announce the second place winner.

The second place winner, which will be awarded $20,000

here for the 21st Annual Sphinx Competition Senior Division

goes to Gabriel Martins.

(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

It is my distinct pleasure to introduce

our final award presenter who'll present

the Robert Frederick Smith Prize.

The DTE Energy Foundation has generously supported

the Sphinx Organization's effort

to enrich the lives of young people in our community

for the past 12 years.

I am honored to introduce Lynette Dowler,

President of the DTE Energy Foundation.

(audience applauds and cheers)

Good afternoon.

As president of the DTE Energy Foundation,

I am honored to present

this prestigious Senior Division First Place Award.

The winner of the Robert Frederick Smith Prize of $50,000

in the 21st Annual Sphinx Competition Senior Division

is Rubén Rengel.

(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

Thank you to our award presenters, to our sponsors,

and to all the laureates.

You may exit the stage.

(audience applauds and cheers)

This past year a world-renown conductor,

a pedagogue, and leader in the choral world

approached us with an urgent idea

to create the first professional choral ensemble

dedicated to excellence and diversity.

That visionary was Eugene Rogers,

Professor of Choral Conducting

at the University of Michigan,

School of Music Theater and Dance,

and recipient of Sphinx's 2017 Medal of Excellence Award.

At that moment a creative partnership was born

and the rest was history.

Having just given a rousing pair of premiere

performances this week, the ensemble brought

their contagious love of music to

this magnificent stage.

Ladies and gentleman,

please join me in offering a Detroit welcome

to the first professional Black and Latino

Vocal Ensemble EXIGENCE

under the direction of Maestro Eugene Rogers.

(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

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(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

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(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

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(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

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(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

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(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

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(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

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(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

(singing lyrics from: "From Heaven Distilled a Clemency")

(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

♪ Have you seen ♪

♪ Mirror focus ♪

♪ Running, rolling, riding over skin ♪

♪ Turning, looking back ♪

♪ Seeing truth ready ♪

♪ Take it back ♪

♪ Run ♪

♪ See how we can be a fountain ♪

♪ Take a seat ♪

♪ See us fighting back ♪

♪ Soul ♪

♪ See us fighting back ♪

♪ Not getting love back ♪

♪ Soul ♪

♪ They saw us fighting back ♪

♪ To reach a love that ♪

♪ Means we're never going back ♪

♪ Have you seen ♪

♪ Mirror focus ♪

♪ Running, rolling, riding over skin ♪

♪ Turning, looking back ♪

♪ Seeing truth ready ♪

♪ Take it back ♪

♪ Run, see how we can be a fountain ♪

♪ Take a seat ♪

♪ See us fighting back ♪

♪ Soul ♪

♪ See us fighting back ♪

♪ Not getting love back ♪

♪ Soul ♪

♪ They saw us fighting back ♪

♪ To reach a love that ♪

♪ Means we're never going back ♪

♪ How many dreamt this dream ♪

♪ How many dreamt this dream ♪

♪ How many dreamt this dream ♪

♪ How many dreamt this dream ♪

♪ Focused energy ♪

♪ We break free ♪

♪ We break free ♪

♪ Dignity, destiny, synchrony, brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and dignity ♪

♪ Destiny, synchrony, brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and dignity ♪

♪ Destiny, synchrony, brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and dignity ♪

♪ Destiny, synchrony, brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and dignity ♪

♪ Taking it back ♪

♪ Come see ♪

♪ How high ♪

♪ Ready ♪

♪ Taking it back ♪

♪ Come see ♪

♪ How high ♪

♪ See through the light ♪

♪ To bring in the light ♪

♪ You don't have to bring in the light ♪

♪ We brought life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We brought life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We brought life to bring in the light ♪

♪ You don't have to bring in the light ♪

♪ We brought life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We brought life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We brought life to bring in the... ♪

(singing)

♪ Dignity, destiny, synchrony, brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and dignity ♪

♪ Destiny, synchrony, brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and dignity ♪

♪ Destiny, synchrony, brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and dignity ♪

♪ Destiny, synchrony, brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and liberty ♪

♪ Brave and dignity ♪

♪ Taking it back ♪

♪ Come see ♪

♪ How high ♪

♪ Ready ♪

♪ Taking it back ♪

♪ Come see ♪

♪ How high ♪

♪ See you in the light ♪

♪ We want life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We want life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We want life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We want life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We want life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We want life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We want life to bring in the light ♪

♪ We want life to bring in the... ♪

(singing)

♪ Have you seen ♪

♪ Mirror focus ♪

♪ Running, rolling, riding over skin ♪

♪ Turning, looking back ♪

♪ Seeing truth ready ♪

♪ Take it back ♪

♪ Run, see how we can be a fountain ♪

♪ Take a seat ♪

♪ See us fighting back ♪

♪ Soul ♪

♪ See us fighting back ♪

♪ Not getting love back ♪

♪ Soul ♪

♪ They saw us fighting back ♪

♪ To reach a love that ♪

♪ Means we're never going back ♪

♪ A vision's unfolding a dream ♪

♪ to reach empathy ♪

♪ A vision's unfolding a dream ♪

♪ Was within our reach ♪

♪ A vision's unfolding a dream ♪

♪ To reach empathy ♪

♪ See how you see ♪

♪ A vision's unfolding a dream ♪

♪ Was within our reach ♪

♪ See how you see ♪

♪ A vision's unfolding a dream ♪

♪ More than harmony ♪

♪ See how you see ♪

♪ A vision's unfolding a dream ♪

♪ Focused energy ♪

♪ See how you see ♪

♪ A vision's unfolding a dream ♪

♪ Focused energy ♪

♪ See how you see ♪

♪ A vision's unfolding a dream ♪

♪ Focused energy ♪

♪ See how you see ♪

(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

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(audience applauds and cheers)

(audience applauds and cheers)

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(audience applauds and cheers)

NARRATOR: Support for this program

is provided by the DTE Energy Foundation,

a proud presenter of the 21st annual Sphinx competition.

The DTE Energy Foundation congratulates

the Sphinx Organization and supports their work

to transform lives and communities.

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