November 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
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though the artists of Black Violin are classically trained, don’t expect a
typical chamber music concert when Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev
Marcus” Sylvester take to the Fisher stage this fall. Instead, expect atypical
music which breaks stereotypical expectations as the duo expertly blend
contemporary pop, jazz, R&B, and hip hop styles within strong classical
their unparalleled technique, the pair creates a distinctive, peerless sound, “…
a hard-hitting beat with lush string sounds,” says Wil. “Something you can
listen to if you don’t listen to hip-hop, or if you don’t listen to classical
music—we bridge that gap.”
that every opportunity to connect audiences of various music styles is an
opportunity to break down the barriers that separate, Black Violin takes the
opportunity to empower individuality and encourage progressive thinking and the
acceptance of the varying genres.
duo has performed for audiences worldwide within 49 states and 36 countries, as
well as for three Super Bowls and the U.S. Open in Forest Hills with Jordin
Sparks. They were asked to perform with Alicia Keys at the Billboard Awards. They
toured with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, opened for the Wu-Tang Clan, scored an
episode of CSI: New York, and even
performed for President Obama at his second inauguration in 2013.
and together, Wil and Kev have worked with everyone from Kanye West to Tom
Petty, Lupe Fiasco to Aerosmith. All the while, Black Violin continued touring
non-stop (playing as many as 200 shows a year) and released two independent,
for Black Violin are available by clicking on the button above or by calling
the Lively Arts’ ticket office at 724-357-1313. Tickets for any seats
remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance
start time. Tickets are priced at $40 for regular admission, $36 for seniors
(60 or older), and $18 for active I-Card holders, students, and children. Group
rates are available for parties of 15 or more.
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