MSUToday
Published: Oct. 10, 2019

Black Violin returns to MSU with a symphony of hip-hop

Contact(s): Bob Hoffman Wharton Center office: (517) 884-3115 bob.hoffman@whartoncenter.com

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, Oct. 16 for one show only.

Black Violin's major-label debut "Stereotypes" 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 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.

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.

Tickets are now available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

For more information, visit whartoncenter.com.