Black Violin

 Friday, June 29, 2018 
8:15pm-9:45pm  
Hoover Auditorium

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Black Violin, composed of classically-trained violist Wil. B and violinist Kev Marcus, combine their classical backgrounds and their hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.”

The duo released their major label debut album Stereotypes in 2015, which features MCs Pharoahe Monch and Tariq Luqmaan Trotter, also known as Black Thought, lead MC of The Roots. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and No. 4 on the Billboard R&B chart.

Black Violin has shared the stage with artists such as Kanye West, Aerosmith and the late Tom Petty and have collaborated with the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. They have toured the U.S. and Europe and composed the score for the FOX television show, “Pitch,” that aired for one season in 2016.

Their unconstrained mix of jazz, R&B, roots, rap and pop has earned them performances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” NFL Superbowl events and at President Barack Obama’s 2013 Inauguration.

Amidst all their touring and production, Wil and Kev make it a priority to advocate for educational outreach and have performed for more than 100,000 students in North America and Europe. Highlights of their work include being the featured musical act for the Blue Ribbon Festival at the Music Center in Los Angeles where they performed for 19,000 fifth grade students from the Greater Los Angeles area over a three-day period.

With an endorsement from Yamaha Music and a partnership with the National Association for Music Manufacturers, Black Violin aims to continue their advocacy for accessible music education.


Admission & Parking
Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate ‘ticket’ is not necessary to attend a show or concert. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional fee. A Daily or Saturday Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at tickets.lakesideohio.com or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing.

The doors to Hoover Auditorium open a half-hour prior to the start of the show or concert. Seats are not reserved, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are prohibited inside Hoover Auditorium. Please present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering and exiting Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua gates.

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