Playing a brand new work is a unique experience for a musician. Being able to work directly with the composer and be part of the creative process is an incredible opportunity for any musician, young or seasoned! At their last rehearsal, the United Strings of Color (USC) played Ijapa and Mr. Igbin for composer Elmer Gibson. It was the first time Mr. Gibson heard the piece played by stringed instruments, and it gave a wonderful opportunity for changes to be made so that the music notation matched what he had imagined. In addition to the instrumentalists, Sterling Elliott practiced the narration for this folk tale from Yoruba. He has been working with a Yoruba language speaker, to get the pronunciation just so, and the rehearsal established where exactly he would speak. All in all it was a great first rehearsal and the USC will give a marvelous premiere at Poe Elementary on March 26th!