Black Violin Up Next for Lively Arts Ovations! Series

Posted on 11/2/2017 2:36:10 PM

The Lively Arts at IUP will present a performance by Black Violin, a duo of classically trained musicians who skillfully blend classical music with hip-hop, rock, R&B, and more, on Wednesday, November 8, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium. In addition to the concert, the duo will present a Question and Answer session that is free and open to the public from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on  November 8 in the Stapleton Library Commons.

Black ViolinBlack Violin musicians Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” The duo has shared stages with top names such as Kayne West, Aerosmith, and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Eagles, and Alicia Keys. In addition to performing an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague, and South Africa, Black Violin has performed for more than 100,000 students in the past 12 months throughout North America and Europe.

Black Violin is currently writing and recording their next studio album, due out in 2018. The band’s most recent record, Stereotypes, debuted at number one on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and number four on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR praised the album and band, saying “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.”

Tickets for the performance are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $40 for regular admission, $36 for seniors and groups, and $18 for active I-Card holders and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays. Tickets are no longer available at the Hadley Union Building. For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.