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Ijapa and Mr. Igbin

Local jazz musician, writer, and visual artist, Elmer Gibson, has adapted a Yoruba folktale, The Tortoise and the Wisdom of the World and set it to his original music for string quartet. The performance of Ijapa and Mr. Igbin (as renamed by Mr. Gibson) includes narration, music, and projected artwork from Poe Elementary students. The central message of this tale is “If you are filled with pride, you have no room for wisdom.” This program would be best suited for families with children ages 4 – 11.

USC with composer Elmer Gibson

Premiere: October 16, 2021,

North Carolina Museum of Art

Henry O. Lovett provided the narration. From the Classical Voice North Carolina review: "When the day began, I expected to attend a concert and go home after. I was surprised to find out this would be one of the most informative, immersive, profound, and moving experiences of my artistic life."

Read the full review here.

USC at Pure Life Theatre Fall Festival

October 24, 2021: Fall Festival at Pure Life Theatre

Many thanks to Deb Royals for including United Strings of Color Quartet on the Pure Life Theatre Fall Festival. She provided us with the beautiful African clothing.

USC at Pullen Arts Center

October 30, 2021 Pullen Arts Center

United Strings of Color Quartet were part of the "Art is Not Scary" event.

USC performing at the Cary Arts Center

December 30, 2021 Cary Arts Center

United Strings of Color Quartet, with guest cellist Quenton Blache, performed for the 27th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration presented by Ujima Group and the Town of Cary.


January 29, 2022, 

North Carolina Museum of History

USCQ performed in the Daniels Auditorium in their first performance for the Festival.


February 15, 2022

Northeast Regional Library

Music in the library for Black History Month!

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February 4, 2023

Halle Cultural Arts Center

United Strings of Color Quartet gave a wonderful program that included Ijapa and Mr. Igbin and Kelly Starling Lyons book, Sing A Song in Apex.

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February 10, 2024 Cary Arts Center

Formed in the summer of 2023, the United Strings of Color Intermediate Group offers their first public performance

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February 17, 2024, 

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

USCI performed in The Globe at the Museum with the narration titles translated into Spanish

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February 25, 2024

West Regional Library

Music in the library by USCI for Black History Month!

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