The United Strings of Color string quartet, formed in September 2018, has been studying and performing music by under represented composers and wants all young people to realize they can play classical music. In the 2018-19 season, the quartet prepared a program of women composers including two African Americans, Florence Price and Undine Smith Moore. The members were Kennedy Mitchell, Felicia Adizue, Jolie Duquene, and Lexi Etienne.
In August of 2019 they were invited to perform on both days of the African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh. Here is a short clip of their presentation of Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen by Undine Smith Moore.
The Quartet has been busy in the 2019-20 season as they incorporate two new members and prepare a new program of music with African connections. This year’s personnel is Kennedy Mitchell, Cameron Thomas, Kenza Ngatchou, and Lexi Etienne. They have played Christmas music for a Jack and Jill event and for the Durham Symphony’s Holiday Concert. They will be playing for the Omega Psi Phi Quiz Bowl in February, for the Piedmont Chapter of The Links, and will premiere Ijapa and Mr. Igbin, a commissioned work by Elmer Gibson featuring a Yoruba Tale with narration and illustrations by Poe Elementary students in March.