United Strings of Color is an outreach project that addresses racial disparity in classical music.
During its three seasons, the group has studied pieces by under-represented composers, such as the African Americans Florence Price and Undine Smith Moore, played music with African connections, including the premier of a Yoruba folk tale, “Ijapa and Mr. Igbin,” and are currently lending their voices to social justice awareness by performing Violin Vigils.
The current members are Kennedy Mitchell and Cameron Thomas, violins; Sterling Elliott, viola; and Lexi Etienne, cello.
After the death of Elijah McClain, an amateur violinist, musicians around the country began holding Violin Vigils. United Strings of Color is following suit as a response to our current time of reckoning and calls for societal transformation. The Violin Vigils incorporate poetry and music to commemorate Black lives lost and to call for equal justice for all.
The next Violin Vigil will take place on Saturday, June 19th, 2021, from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Harvey Hill at Dix Park, 693 Palmer Drive, Raleigh.
It’s free to attend.
This will be an outdoor event. Please bring your own seating.
Here’s the Facebook event.