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From Shostakovich to Jay-Z: Black Violin
Black Violin - a.k.a. Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste (viola) and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester (violin) will perform, Saturday, March 15, at the Edison Theatre, as part of the ovations for young people series.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 4, 2014 - On Saturday, March 15, Black Violin will bring its distinctive sound to Washington University in St. Louis. The special all-ages matinee, presented as part of the Edison ovations for young people series, will begin at 11 a.m.
Schubert borrowed from Beethoven. Public Enemy sampled Isaac Hayes. Ice Cube quoted Kool and the Gang while Brahms let drop with "Variations on a Theme from Haydn."
Hip-hop and classical music: perhaps not as different as you think.
Old news to Wilner "Wil-B" Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester, a.k.a. Black Violin. Over the last decade, this classically trained duo has mixed and mashed hip-hop and classical traditions - as well as elements of funk, jazz, R&B and even bluegrass - to startling effect.
As a student at the Dillard High School of Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Wil-B hoped to learn the saxophone but found himself mistakenly enrolled in the string program. There he learned to play viola and met Kev Marcus, who'd been playing violin since age nine.
Wil-B attended Florida State University while Kev Marcus went to Florida International. The pair kept in touch and after graduation performed for a time as a hip-hop duo. But they never forgot their classical roots. Inspired by the African-American jazz violinist Stuff Smith, who'd recorded with the likes of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, they took the name of Smith's final album and, in 2004, began touring as Black Violin.
"We're passionate about it because we realize how fortunate we were to grow up having access to that," explains Wil B. "It's something in which we take a great deal of pride. 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," he adds. "Expand your mind... That's the message we want to deliver."
Tickets are $12 and available at the Edison Box Office. For more information, call 314-935-6543.
Fabio Zanon to Perform at Ethical Society
Classical guitarist Fabio Zanon to perform, March 22, at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 4, 2014 - The Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society is hosting classical guitarist Fabio Zanon, Saturday, March 22, at 8:00, at the Ethical Society, located at 9001 Clayton Road in Ladue.
As a solo and chamber player, author, conductor, teacher, broadcaster, and guitarist, Fabio Zanon has shown himself a musician of great importance. Born in Brazil, he holds Brazilian and Italian citizenships. He came to international prominence in 1996 when he was the First Prize winner of the 30th Francisco Tarrega Prize in Spain and the 14th Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition held in St. Louis.
His albums of Villa-Lobos and Scarlatti have been hailed as benchmark recordings. In 1997, he received the Moinho Santista Prize, the major artistic and scientific award in Brazil, in recognition of the role he has played in the development of Brazilian music. In 2005, he was award the Carlos Gomes Prize for being the best solo performer in Brazil. In 2009, he also published his first book, Villa Lobos, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of the great Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos.
His appearance at the Ethical Society is a fitting conclusion to the 50th Anniversary season of the Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society. The concert performance is presented in collaboration with the Hispanic Arts Council.
Tickets for the event are $28, $24 for Society Members, Seniors 62+, and FT Students. For more information, call 314-229-8686.
Concerts Venues in St. Louis
PLEASE NOTE: All events are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to verify times, dates and admission costs.
Alton, IL, 1-800-711-4263
6504 Delmar, University City, MO
Blueberry Hill Tickets
250 Stadium Plaza, 314-345-9000
#1 South Compton Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Chaifetz Arena Tickets
March 20, Demi Lovato
March 27, Justin Moore
Fabulous Fox Theatre
527 N. Grand Ave., St. Louis, MO
Fabulous Fox Theatre - St. Louis Tickets
March 13, Experience Hendrix
March 14, Celtic Woman
March 15, Robin Thicke
Edison Theatre (Washington University)
Mallinckrodt Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117
2002 South River Road, St. Charles, MO
Family Arena Tickets
Jazz at the Bistro
3536 Washington Ave.
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd., 314-577-9400 or 1-800-642-8842
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, 314-746-4599
Old Post Office Plaza
8th and Locust, 314-577-9400 or 1-800-642-8842
6161 Delmar, University City, MO
The Pageant Tickets
Peabody Opera House
1400 Market Street
Peabody Opera House Tickets
March 15, Gabriel Iglesias
March 19, Pentatonix
March 20, Lorde
March 22, Brit Floyd
April 4, BB King
April 5, Amy Schumer
April 22, IL Divo
April 25 - 27, 2014, Blue Man Group
May 16, Ron White
Powell Symphony Hall
718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 314-533-2500
St. Louis Public Library
NOT SO QUIET! Concert Series - FREE and open to the public
Central Library's Auditorium, 1301 Olive Street, 314-206-6779
St. Louis Zoo
Forest Park, 314-781-0900
1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO
Scottrade Center Tickets
April 12, Chelsea Handler
April 16, Miley Cyrus
June 4, 2014, Cher
August 17, Katy Perry
Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Ave., 314-533-9900 or 800-293-5949
Six Flags - St. Louis
4900 Six Flags Rd, Eureka, MO 63025, 636-938-4800
18th & 20th Streets on Market, 314-421-6655
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
14141 Riverport Dr.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Tickets
April 27, Arcade Fire
May 16, Rascal Flatts
May 30, Brad Paisley
June 7, Styx
June 12, Luke Bryan
June 24, James Taylor
June 28, Tim MrGraw
July 2, Vans Warped Tour
July 6, Fall Out Boy
July 9, Motley Crue
July 11, Journey
July 12, Toby Keith
July 30, Dierks Bentley
August 1, Keith Urban
August 22, Jason Aldean
August 23, Country Megaticket
West Port Plaza
I-270 and Page, 314-576-2727
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