Presenting The Carr-Petrova Duo
In Residency
(September 12-16, 2019)


School Residencies

The Carr-Petrova duo is slated to perform at several middle and high schools in the DMV region, including Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Hammond Middle School. Each performance will feature a masterclass and discussion on displaced peoples and immigrants around the District and the world.


public performances & discussions

The Carr-Petrova duo have a very active performance schedule, including a performance at the Smithsonian as part of the New Music Festival, debut with the DC Strings Orchestra at 2pm on Saturday, September 14th and closing concert at Silver Spring UMC on Sunday, September 15.

DC Strings Workshop, a DC-based non-profit organization which hosts several ensembles including a full orchestra, DC Strings Orchestra, and The General Board of Church and Society, The United Methodist Church’s denominational social justice agency on Capitol Hill, are thrilled to host the Carr-Petrova duo for a series of workshops, September 12 – 15, 2019 in recitals, lectures and public performances. This residency includes outreach to several middle and high school music programs, workshops, and outreach to diverse communities throughout the DMV region.

Anna Petrova, a pianist, and Molly Carr, a violist, began playing together as a duo while at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. They conceived their “Novel Voices” project to raise awareness about the refugee situation within their musical circles and show how to use art to make social change. Together, they will present a concert program of works written by composers who faced adversity and used their art to help find their place and voice in a foreign land. The team will listen to, learn from, document, and record the stories of audience members through a very interactive and engaging performance presentation.

With this residency, DC Strings Workshop and the General Board of Church and Society hope to raise awareness of the stories of refugees and immigrants and bring communities together to take action and become more involved.

Through the fall of 2019, the Novel Voices team — Petrova, Carr, composer Fernando Arroyo Lascurain and filmmaker and photographer Victoria Stevens — are holding periodic workshops with and performing concerts for refugees around the world. The Novel Voices team will premiere Mr. Lascurain’s composition, based on their time in refugee settlements, and a preview of Ms. Stevens' film in a final Refugee Awareness concert in Carnegie Hall in October 2019. For more information or to host the Carr-Petrova duo in their Washington, D.C. debut please contact DC Strings Workshop Artistic Director, Andrew M. Lee.