in the state) dedicated to enhancing the city through art.  Among her
many fundraising roles, she helped organize the initial art auction to raise
​funds for what is now the Alliance of AIDS Services Carolina.  Jo is also recognized for her efforts in preserving Mordercai Historic City Park and as a Board of Trustees member of the North Carolina Symphony.  Her commitment to the arts and humanities led to an appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the National Council on the Humanities bringing national recognition to the City of Oaks.​​

For fifty years, Mary Josephine Conrad Cresimore (Jo) has contributed to the City of Raleigh as a volunteer, leader and fundraiser for many local organizations.  A supporter of the arts and humanities, Jo has served the North Carolina Museum of Art for 50 years and been a leading member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society for 48 years.  During the 1970s she led the effort to convince the Raleigh City Council to establish the Raleigh Arts Commission (the first such commission

Praised for its authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound,  The String Queens (TSQ) is a dynamic trio that creates stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine! With an array of repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, TSQ performs versatile programs that take listeners on a rousing musical journey through time and a multitude of musical genres.

Based in Washington, D.C., TSQ has been featured in performances at renowned concert halls and venues across America, including Carnegie Hall in New York City and The John F. Kennedy

Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capital. Notable

appearances include a special performance dedicated to Vice

President Kamala Harris at the “We Are One” Presidential

Inauguration Concert in January 2021 and rendering a spotlight

presentation of TSQ’s electrifying arrangement of Harry Styles’s

hit song “Golden” for the world’s most prestigious tennis

tournament “The Championships, Wimbledon” in June 2021.

As an ensemble who frequents the D.C. jazz scene, other

headlining performances include multiple appearances at the

DC Jazz Festival and the Capital Jazz Fest.

The String Queens

Sunday, December 1, 2024
2PM  &  7PM
SECU Auditorium - NC Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd. Raleigh, NC 27607


     In August 2022, TSQ released its third album titled “RISE”, which was made possible by a Sphinx Organization MPower Artist Grant. With this album, TSQ sought to sonically address the problems that are currently plaguing the world by creating unique arrangements of timeless classics rooted in hope, joy, peace, and love. Featuring original compositions by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Richard Smallwood, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and more, “RISE” takes listeners on a musical journey that starts in a field of loss and hopelessness and ends in a fortress of faith, triumph, and fortitude. 

Kendall Isadore, violin
Dawn Johnson, viola
​Élise Sharp, cello

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