After the death of Elijah McClain, an amateur violinist, musicians around the country began holding Violin Vigils. United Strings of Color wanted to follow suit as a response to our current time of reckoning and calls for societal transformation. The Violin Vigils incorporate poetry and music to commemorate Black lives lost and to call for equal justice for all.
May 1 St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh
From Classical Voice of North Carolina reviewer of the first Violin Vigil: "There's hope for our nation, when there are youngsters like these poets and instrumentalists who are prepared to propel us into a more united, more peaceful future." Read the full review by clicking here.
May 5 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Memorial Gardens, Raleigh
May 25, Day of Enlightenment
Raleigh Little Theatre Amphitheatre
First Raleigh Juneteenth Celebration
at Dix Park
African American Cultural Festival
Chavis Memorial Park
United Strings of Color offered an Instrument Zoo and Violin Vigil performance during the Festival on September 5, 2021.