Diane Monroe: Violin Woman, African Dreams Performances

15 - 24 Nov 2019
Cliveden of the National Trust, 6401 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA


Diane Monroe, 2018 Pew Fellow. Photo by Jason Fifield.

Composer, violinist, and 2018 Pew Fellow Diane Monroe presents the premiere of Violin Woman, African Dreams, an evening-length suite that bridges jazz, classical, and traditional African music, revealing an African-American violinist’s trials and triumphs. The performance will feature a collage of original music, visual art, and spoken word, performed by an ensemble that includes violin, banjo, West African kora, and Western String quartet.

Monroe’s collaborators include visual artist Curlee Raven Holton, string ensemble PUBLIQuartet, banjoist and Broadway veteran Ayodele Maakheru, and Yacouba Sissoko, an internationally recognized master of West African kora and traditional storytelling.

Performances take place at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.