COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus based “Urban Strings” alumni orchestra will essentially be the opening act before a VIP group at the Ohio Theatre Wednesday night. When the former orchestra members were a part of the group, they were young boys and girls needing a place to play.
Julius Porter attends Howard University and said, “It’s a big deal,” with a smile on his face.
Porter said the orchestra offered him a friend group and exposed him to music outside of the classical standards.
“I was playing African-American music, which was really nice,” said Porter. “You have to be in tune with your culture.”
Porter and other members pulled out their violins, bass, and cello to tune-up together at Philip Lutheran Church on East Long Street. They wanted to make sure they were in sync before hearing the classic, Paganini’s violin.
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You can watch a story NBC4’s Matt Barnes produced in 2017.