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The String Queens
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Soulful sounds from Pachelbel to Ellington to CeeLo Green and beyond 

A potent and innovative presence on the D.C. music scene, the String Queens are the 2019/20 Mars Arts D.C. Ensemble-in-Residence. The “Queens” are Kendall Isadore, Dawn Johnson, and Élise Cuffy—three genre-defying musicians whose creative impact on D.C. ranges from collaborations with star singer Aloe Blacc and the Kennedy Center to inspirational work as arts educators. The String Queens bring together an eclectic mix of soulful music from the Baroque era through the Jazz Age and today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

About Mars Arts D.C.
Mars Arts D.C. is a creative platform for Washington Performing Arts and the D.C. community to celebrate and empower local artists through performances, unique educational programs, and interdisciplinary grassroots collaborations that showcase the diversity and vitality of our city. D.C. has always been an incubator for powerful artistic voices with worldwide resonance, from Duke Ellington and Todd Duncan to Shirley Horn and Chuck Brown. Reflective of our founder Patrick Hayes’ motto, “Everybody in, nobody out,” Mars Arts D.C. amplifies the role of local artists throughout Washington Performing Arts’ productions, educational opportunities, and special events. Mars Arts D.C. also curates educational workshops, master classes, and student performances that connect local students with distinguished performers, in conjunction with our signature education programs, such as the Capital Arts Partnership, Embassy Adoption Program, and Gospel Choirs. Mars Arts D.C. is anchored by residencies for leading artists and ensembles, curated performances across all eight wards, and artistic happenings that reflect what it means to call D.C. home.


Mars Arts D.C. is a partnership of Mars, Incorporated, and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.

Performances at Sixth & I are made possible in part through the generous support of the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.