January 29, 2023 2:00 pm
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Sphinx Symphony Orchestra: University Musical Society.

Postponed from January 2021. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this Detroit ensemble of top Black and Latinx professional musicians from around the country, directed by Tito Muñoz, is making its first national tour. Under the direction of Eugene Rogers, the Sphinx vocal ensemble Exigence, with soprano soloist Aundi Marie Moore, joins for several pieces, including Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a powerful multimovement choral work that memorializes the last words spoken by 7 African-American men killed by police or other authority figures. The program also includes Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade for Orchestra, Imani Winds founder Valerie Coleman’s “Seven O’Clock Shout,” Michael Abels’ “Delights and Dances,” Augustus Hill’s arrangement of the traditional “Fix Me Jesus,” Carlos Cordero’s award-winning 2020 a cappella work “Holding Our Breath,” singer-songwriter John Legend & rapper Common’s “Glory,” and Carlos Simon’s “Motherboxx Connection.” 2 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Mask required if Washtenaw County is in the CDC’s high-risk category. Tickets $17–$66 (students $15–$63), in advance at tickets.ums.org, the Michigan League box office, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 7642538.