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Presented by Columbus Area Arts Council. Sponsored by NTN Driveshaft.
Join us for the FREE performance of the year as Columbus Area Arts Council welcomes Black Violin to the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library plaza.
Black Violin are a duo made up of classically trained viola and violin players, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, who first met while playing in their high school orchestra in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After college, while working in hip-hop studios, the pair began fusing the two genres of music into one groundbreaking combination of sound, described by some as “Brandenburg meets beat-box.”
The melding of different musical styles, including R&B, soul, and rock, helps to make Black Violin’s sound accessible to everyone. Their real passion is turning young fans on to their own potential through arts education and bridging the gap between classical and popular music styles. To that end, the Columbus Area Arts Council has invited the duo to give a workshop to young musicians at the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Strings Camp prior to the June 27 concert. During the concert, Black Violin will be joined on stage by members of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic strings section and members of the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
“We encourage kids to think creatively, to take what they love doing and try to come up with something no one has ever done before. And that doesn’t just apply to playing violin or even music, but whatever it is you decide to do. Expand your mind. Once we get their attention with the music, that’s the message we want to deliver.” –Black Violin
Bring your friends. Bring your chairs. Bring your food.
Be sure to stop by one of these restaurants and dine before Live on the Plaza or call ahead and place a To Go order for Live on the Plaza.
Thanks to the generous support of our title sponsor, this program is provided at no cost to the community.
Additional support comes from:
Live on the Plaza is a new arts program presented by Columbus Area Arts Council that strives to bring innovative musical performances to Columbus. Designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1969, the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library plaza underwent major renovations beginning in fall 2013. Live on the Plaza will be the redesigned plaza’s inaugural event and feature a dedication of the renovated plaza.
Rain location for this event is The Commons, located at 300 Washington Street, Columbus