An important performance took place on Saturday, May 18th at the Northeast Regional Library. The Philharmonic Association’s United Strings of Color (Kennedy Mitchell and Felicia Adizue, violins, Jolie Duquene, viola, Lexy Etienne, cello) premiered their program exploring female composers. There are many underrepresented and hidden female composers in history whose works deserve to be heard by the public. In their program, The United Strings of Color brings to the spotlight the music of several female composers including Fanny Mendelssohn, Anna Magdalena Bach, and Florence Price. The members of the ensemble discuss the women, revealing interesting facts about their lives and their hidden careers. They then perform pieces by the composers, all of which are quite lovely and are rarely played.
The audience in attendance on Saturday were thoroughly engaged by the performance. Many had likely never heard the pieces the musicians played and quickly realized they were witnessing a special performance. The members of the ensemble too understood the importance of what they were presenting–they told the women’s stories enthusiastically and played the music with great intention.
The Philharmonic Association is so proud of the Untied Strings of Color for using their time and talents to bring to light an important topic. As the musicians demonstrated, these hidden women composers deserve to have their stories and their music heard. Bravo to United Strings of Color for accomplishing an important mission and thank you to the Wake County Library system for hosting and advertising this performance.
In this clip of the concert, Jolie Duquene tells part of Fanny Mendelssohn’s story. The ensemble then plays Fanny Mendelssohn’s song called “Italien” which was a favorite of Queen Victoria’s.