LANSING, Mich. — What happens when classically trained violinists channel their hop-hop influences? You get the distinctive multi-genre sound often described as the “classical boom” of BLACK VIOLIN. Following a 2017 sold-out performance at Wharton Center, the duo Wil B. and Kev Marcus return on Wednesday, October 16, for one show only. BLACK VIOLIN has taken the world by storm as they harness this unique sound of music. Their major-label debut Stereotypes (featuring Black Thought of The Roots and MC Pharoahe Monch) on Universal Music debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. BLACK VIOLIN has shared the stage with elite names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. They average over 150 shows a year, with significant performances including President Obama’s Inauguration and official NFL functions for three Superbowls.
Tickets are now available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, whartoncenter.com; at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office; or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
BLACK VIOLIN places a heavy emphasis on education outreach. Over the past 12 months, more than 100,000 students in North America and Europe have been exposed to the duo’s music by attending a performing arts show. NPR said, “Their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.” Their advocacy for accessible music education is supported by their endorsement through Yamaha Music and Bose, along with their partnership with the National Association for Music Manufacturers.
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