Black Violin Continues 'Classical Boom Tour' With Stop at Overture Center
Black Violin will continue their successful Classical Boom Tour through May 2018, making a stop at Overture Center's Capitol Theater on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. This tour is a follow up to the successful 2016-2017 UNITY tour, which saw 28 sold-out public performances. On April 4, 2018, Black Violin performed with theNational Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
In December 2017, Black Violin was announced as the Turnaround Artist for Mary B. Bethune Elementary School in their hometown of Broward County, FL. Turnaround Arts, a national education program of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, infuses arts into struggling schools to support overall reform efforts. Founded by President Obama's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2012, the program partners schools with music instrument grants, arts supplies, professional development, musicals, and pairs each school with an artist to provide mentorship, inspiration, and support for the school's journey in the program. Turnaround Artists include Elton John, Edward Norton, and Yo-Yo Ma, among other highly acclaimed members of the arts community.
Black Violin served as the house band for ESPN's Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation, held in December, for the second consecutive year. In Fall of 2017, the network selected Black Violin's track "Stereotypes" to promote the US Open tennis tournament.
Black Violin is currently writing and recording their next studio album, due out in 2018. The band's most recent record, Stereotypes, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR praised the album and band, saying "their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation."
Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. And Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as "classical boom." Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.
The duo composed music for the television series Pitch which debuted on FOX in 2016, in addition to appearances on HBO's Ballers, The Tonight Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Ellen Show.
In addition, Black Violin has performed for more than 100,000 students in the past 12 months throughout North America and Europe. The band is endorsed by Yamaha Music, and has partnered with the National Association for Music Manufacturers (NAMM) to continue their advocacy for accessible music education.
Black Violin is part of the Overture Presents Music Series and is sponsored by The Burish Group - UBS Financial Services Inc., Cuna Mutual Group, Wisconsin Public Radio and Full Compass.
Tickets are available at the Overture Center box office (201 State Street), by visiting overture.org, or by calling 608.258.4141. Lap seats are available; patrons should inquire at the box office. Group orders of ten or more qualify for a discount and may be placed by calling 608.258.4159.
Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wis., features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in nearly 700,000 educational and artistic experiences each year. Overture.org