Symphony with Soul featuring Black Violin

02/16/2019, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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John Varineau Conductor | Black Violin Guest Artist | Grand Rapids Symphony Community Chorus Duane Shields Davis, Director

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Raised on a steady diet of both Hip Hop and classical music, violinist Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) and violist Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) have built a musical style all their own—often described as “classical boom”—that shares one common theme from both genres: bringing people together.

The duo has shared the stage with such top names as Kanye West and Aerosmith, and collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, and Alicia Keys. Now they join the GRS to showcase their dynamic performance style, bridging infectious beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique in a unique blend that defies expectations and shatters stereotypes.

“Their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.”—NPR

“Black Violin upends cultural and musical unexpected blend of classically trained musicianship and Hip Hop beats and inventiveness.”—The Miami Herald

“The duo elicits brilliant music with a poignant message for the world.”—Essence Magazine

Beginning this season, new security measures will be in place. All patrons must pass through metal detectors upon entering the venue. All bags are subject to inspection. Bags larger than 14 x 14 x 6 inches will not be permitted.