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Whoever it was that said African Americans and classical music don’t mix never met Aaron Dworkin. Interviewed on Across the Arts, the violinist recalls his inspiration for creating the Sphinx Organization. “While I was at the University of Michigan, going to concert halls and looking not only onstage but around the audience, I saw very little diversity. And I kept asking myself why,” he tells host Patrick D. McCoy. “Classical music has played a pivotal role in my life since before I could read. And it didn’t make sense that the community wasn’t embracing this amazing art form. That led to this idea of, What if there was a competition for young musicians could come together, play music by composers of color, build a peer group and gain resources to be able to build professional careers?”
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