Acclaimed Hip-Hop/Classical String Duo Black Violin Makes Classical Music Cool At NJPAC

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Black Violin brings their much heralded version of classical music to NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, Saturday, February 22nd at 2pm and 7pm. They will also do a special performance for over 500 Newark area students in grades four through eight. A mixture of hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass, Black Violin comprised of members Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have entertained audiences including President Obama at the inaugural ball and accompanied Alicia Keyes at the Billboard Awards. The classically trained South Florida twosome released their first album in 2007 and have gone on to perform over 200 shows per year globally including three Super Bowls celebrations, and they have even scored an episode of CSI: New York.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $13 for children, and are available by telephone at 1-888-466-5722, at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, and at To purchase tickets for groups of 10 or more, call 973-297-5804.

The New York Times raved, “Black Violin works hard but make it all look like play…” Black Violin remains committed to turning young fans on to their own potential through a series of school appearances throughout the year where they cite the importance of having an arts education. They credit their success with their ability to bridge the gap between classical and popular music and proving to young and old alike that classical music is “cool.” Trained on violin and viola the duo met in high school and went on to graduate from Florida International University. Black Violin then started their Di-Verstile music label in 2007. At a TED× talk given by the pair in 2013 while entertaining audiences they also encouraged them to “always think outside of the box” whether it be through music or any other creative form of expression.

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