Music: Black Violin Classical Boom Tour






PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Black Violin, as they bring their Classical Boom Tour to the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., with a student matinee performance at 10:15 a.m. This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, part of the 2017-2018 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

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.”  Live on stage, these instrumentalists will be accompanied by their band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer.  Reviewers shared, “The duo elicits brilliant music with a poignant message for the world,” by Essence and The Miami Herald mentions, “Black Violin upends cultural and musical stereotypes…an unexpected blend of classically trained musicianship and hip-hop beats and inventiveness.”

The duo shared stages with top names including Kayne West, Aerosmith, and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, and Alicia Keys.  Their third studio released album, 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 currently writing and recording their next studio album, due out in 2018. In 2016, Black Violin’s Unity Tour played throughout the US and Europe to sold-out audiences. During that year alone, the artists also played for nearly 100,000 students. Wil B. and Kev Marcus shared thoughts about the tour and outreach to those students, “We’ve taken this opportunity to spread a message that challenges the world’s view of what it means to rise above labels, be daring enough to follow their passion and most of all, be true to themselves.”

Through their music outreach, Black Violin has spent the last 10 years encouraging and empowering people of all ages, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to find out what connects us, rather than shine a light on what divides us. 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.  For more information about Black Violin and their 2017 Classical Boom Tour, visit:

Tickets ($25-$40) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at or in person at Theater Square Box Office.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series The Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series will feature an exceptional season of dazzling area premiers, returning favorites and one of a kind performances – for all ages.  From music to dance, comedy, theater and more, the series will bring an array of national and international award-winning performers to the unique stages of the Benedum Center, Byham Theater and August Wilson Center located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  Cohen & Grigsby has been the presenting sponsor of the series since the 2008-2009 season. For more information about the current Cohen &Grigsby Trust Presents series, visit:

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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