Urban Strings Columbus Youth Orchestra performs on the Hilltop

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The Columbus Metropolitan Library has hosted a variety of in-person and virtual programs this month to celebrate and honor African-Americans who have made an indelible impact in their local communities, in this country, and around the world. The CML – Hilltop Branch recently welcomed the Urban Strings Columbus Youth Orchestra on Feb. 18 where the budding musical talents inspired and entertained the crowd by performing music from popular Black arrangers, artists and composers. Shown here after their nearly hour-long performance are (from left to right) Tia Ward, Naimah Mason, Enoa Matsumoto-Allen, Conductor Ryan Swartz, Anastasia Strickland, Conductor Mitchell Franklin, and Leilani McKenzie. The youth string ensemble will be holding another concert at the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
Conductor Mitchell Franklin and Leilani McKenzie use their cellos during an arrangement.
Tia Ward performs with her violin.
Members of the Urban Strings Columbus Youth Orchestra and their conductors perform at the Hilltop Branch.
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