Cremona Strings Ensemble Too
The mission is to improve Tennessee string music performing arts communities by providing holistic education, training, consultations, and advocacy to under- served, under- represented, culturally diverse, children, youth, teens, adults, and/or seniors without discrimination.
The Cremona Strings Ensemble Too was founded April 1, 2005 to keep Nashville artist Robert "Bob" Holmes' memory, works, and talent alive. The purpose of the group is to continue performing many of Bob's compositions/arrangements, as well as, other musical selections for the public at-large. Many invited string artists include former Cremona String Ensemble members, music majors, professional instrumentalists, and others. Bob Holmes, Nashville composer-arranger-performer-producer, died on December 16, 2000, from heart failure. He had one of the most productive careers in the music business. Holmes worked with all types of musical artists across the musical spectrum, including such legends as Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake, Quincy Jones, Milt Jackson, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, and Dr. Billy Taylor in jazz; Lucie Campbell, Dorothy Love Coates, and Dr. Bobby Jones in gospel; the Nashville Symphony, D. Antoinette Handy, and Trio Pro Viva in classical; and was one of the first African- Americans to produce music industry recordings in Nashville. His arranging talents have been employed by many of the top recording personalities from gospel to jazz to rock to country to classical.