Venue: The Rialto Theatre
Start Time: 8:00pm
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Two-time Grammy nominees for Best Americana Performance and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Mozart, Marvin Gaye and Kendrick Lamar are all on your Spotify playing list.

Their Foundation helps empower youth by providing access to quality music programs.

The Black Violin Experience showcases two-time Grammy-nominated duo Black Violin in a mystifying musical fusion of exquisite classical sounds and exhilarating hip-hop beats. Join Arizona Arts Live and the Rialto Theatre for a performance that boldly merges centuries of music with a message of hope and possibility.

Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound often described as a “classical boom”. The band released their major label debut Stereotypes (featuring Black Thought of The Roots and MC Pharoahe Monch) on Universal Music which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR took note and declared “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation”.

On stage, Kev Marcus gives an electrifying violin performance along with Wil Baptiste’s magnetizing viola and vocal performance. Joining them are Nat Stokes on drums, DJ SPS on the turntable, and Liston Gregory on keys. Together they are reconceptualizing what a violin concert looks and sounds like, building bridges to a place where Mozart, Marvin Gaye, and Kendrick Lamar harmoniously coexist. Black Violin invites you to think outside of the box.

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