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Diane Monroe, violin, with PUBLIQuartet

Versatile Violin, Fantastic Fiddle: A Showcase of Women on Strings

  • Sunday, February 2, 2020
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • West Building, Main Floor - West Garden Court

Photo by Peter Checcia

Diane Monroe’s Violin Woman, African Dreams is inspired by the environment and by objects in The Colored Girls Museum, a unique house museum in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The work is a musical narrative reflecting on Monroe’s journey as a professional violinist, a black woman, a classical-jazz-blues woman, and a Philadelphian. The performance features the New York–based PUBLIQuartet, Yacouba Sissoko on West African kora, and percussion.

This concert is part of a series of performances by female violinists, showcasing the brilliance and stylistic versatility of the instrument from jazz, bluegrass, and baroque, to contemporary classical programs.