A blend of violin, viola and cello, the Washington, D.C.-based trio The String Queens also blend together their careers, as educators by day and concert performers by night.

The ensemble will bring its signature sound to the University of Mary Washington’s Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the community. Registration is required.

Praised for their authentic, soulful and orchestral sound, The String Queens pride themselves on bridging the gap between classical music and other styles, like R&B, hip-hop and pop, turning hits by such giants as Aretha Franklin and The Beatles into orchestral masterpieces. The teachers also credit some of their eclectic flair to their students, who’ve introduced them to music they might not have otherwise known existed.

The group – Kendall Isadore on violin, Dawn Johnson on viola and Élise Sharp on cello – creates musical experiences designed to inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel and imagine. With a repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, they take listeners on a journey through time and musical genres. Read more.