Date: April 9, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the April 9th performance of SistaStrings will be cancelled.
About Backstage Pass
The Backstage Pass series was launched in October 2018 to provide a different type of intimate performances to attract new audiences to the theater. The second Thursday each month, this event features an up-and-coming band that plays on the Weill Center stage, with their backs to the auditorium. Why? Because the audience is “backstage!” Guests get an all-access pass to hang out backstage with the band, complete with bar access, appetizers for purchase, and seating – and room to dance! Tables and seating are limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis.
Milwaukee-based SistaStrings (violinist Chauntee Ross and cellist Monique Ross) have astonished audiences with their virtuosity and eclectic range. Audience demand for a SistaStrings’ recording is being met at long last with the release of “Lift” on July 12.
The hallmark of the SistaStrings’ sound is their dizzying range of influences. Classical music has pride of place, but jazz, R&B, gospel, and pop are of equal significance, fusing into a singular vision and expression.
Individually, Monique and Chauntee have performed in some of the most reputable venues in the country, including Carnegie Hall, and have soloed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
SistaStrings formed in 2014 after undergraduate training (Chauntee from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and Monique from Wheaton College and University of Wisconsin-Madison), and the sisters returned home to Milwaukee and started doing string arrangements for local hip-hop artists. This led to performances with Malik Yusef, Black Violin, Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony, Lupe Fiasco, BJ The Chicago Kid, and The Roots. They perform frequently with Peter Mulvey.
Outreach and representation are important to these two young ladies as African American string players. They often perform and teach in schools and youth centers, encouraging educators and students alike. The ladies are advocates for diversity in the arts and promote social justice in all that they do musically.
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