A new radio series entitled “Sphinx Journeys” is now airing on Detroit’s WRCJ radio station on Sundays at 5 p.m. The seven one-hour shows focus on music by black and Latino composers and are co-produced by WRCJ and the Sphinx Organization, the Detroit-based nonprofit that works to increase diversity in the classical-music field. The first show, “A Journey of the Harlem Quartet,” aired March 1 and featured “Take the A Train,” Wynton Marsalis’s At the Octoroon Balls, and Guido Lopez Gavilan’s Mi Menor Conga. The March 1 performing quartet comprised violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and cellist Desmond Neysmith, all of whom have previously been awarded first-place prizes from the Sphinx Competition. Future episodes will focus on music of William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Astor Piazzolla, and others. Programs may also be heard online at time of broadcast at wrcjfm.org and will eventually be available on demand at the same site.
Posted March 6, 2009