‘The String Queens’ come to Kinston

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) – Lovers of R&B and soul music from across the region will be converging on one Eastern Carolina City tonight.

A powerhouse trio from Washington, D.C. will be playing tonight at 7:30 in the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, NC.

Known as, “The String Queens” featuring Kendall Isadore on violin, Dawn Johnson on viola, and Elise Sharp on cello, The String Queens are set to take the stage with tickets selling out in only 10 days. According to Community Council for the Arts, Director, Sandy Landis, there are 175 attendees and most of the attendees are from the Triangle area.

“We have people coming from all over the region, it’s not just a local audience coming in tonight so that is certainly good for our community. It promotes tourism and economic development and it’s also educational,” Landis said.

According to Landis, the Arts Center has been very involved in the African American Heritage Music project and this is part of that outreach.

Kinston Mayor, Don Hardy plans on attending himself.

“I think it’s a big deal, I’ve never seen them, I’m excited so I look forward to seeing what’s to come tonight,” Hardy said.

The String Queens have captivated audiences from renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and performances for the Vice President.

“This is a really exciting group, I can’t think of another name for it. And they are all educators and certainly trained instrumentalists. But they have a real heart for especially young people,” Landis said.