( Sun., Sep. 4, 2022 )
City Plaza Stage, 400 Block of Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
United Strings of Color will be celebrating African American composers with their performance.
Shaker by Black Violin
Adoration by Florence Beatrice Price
"Rise Up!" by Andra Day, Tahmiyah Kelly, soprano
Summerland by William Grant Still
Race by DBR
"A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke
Sing A Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations, by award-winning author Kelly Starling Lyons
United Strings of Color was formed as a project to address racial disparity in classical music in 2018. The group often performs community outreach while delving into the intersection between societal issues and music. During its four seasons, the group has studied and performed music by under-represented composers, such as the African Americans Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore, Anthony Kelly, and DBR; played music with African connections; and lent their voice to social justice awareness by performing Violin Vigils. In spite of the pandemic, the United Strings of Color offered twelve in-person and three virtual performances in the 2020-21 season. Over their history, they have performed for the African American Cultural Festival, for the African American Cultural Celebration at the North Carolina Museum of History, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, for the local Omega Psi Phi Quiz Bowl, for the Raleigh-Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill, for Raleigh's Boys and Girls Club, for the Day of Enlightenment 2020 at Raleigh Little Theatre Amphitheatre, for Juneteenth Celebrations at Dix Park, in the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, for the Downtown Durham Rotary Club, and at several area churches and art galleries.