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Three-Time Apollo Winning Duo "Black Violin" to Bring Their Mesmerizing Rhythms to PPAC

Three-Time Apollo Winning Duo "Black Violin" to Bring Their Mesmerizing Rhythms to PPAC

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     Classically trained, three-time Apollo winning duo Black Violin will bring an innovative show featuring an urban style of violin mixtures, vocals, and funk to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center Mainstage at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17.

     “We make it a show, give it a theater.  We’re speaking with the violins and not with our mouths,” says the duo, made up of Kev Marcus and Wil-B, who have skillfully revolutionized a new category of classical music with the combination of many genres of music and sounds that have been taking the music industry by storm.  Black Violin’s ardor for music and neoclassical, innovative style has listeners wanting more.

     Black Violin has captivated audiences in Harlem and across the country.  They have performed on the same bill with some of the industry’s biggest artists including Alicia Keys at the 2004 Billboard Awards, Aerosmith, The Eagles, Stevie Nicks, Linkin Park, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Nas, Fabolous, Ciera, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne, Tony Touch, and Miami’s own Iconz and Wrecognize.

     The duo also has performed on the Thank God its Friday Comedy Tour, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Carson Daly Show, Good Morning Chicago, Fox News in the Morning, BET Black Film Festival, and Jax Live ESPN.

     Sponsored by the UPJ Student Programming Board, tickets are $7 for the general public and are free for UPJ Students.  Tickets are being sold at the UPJ Student Union Information Desk. 

     For ticket information, contact the Student Union Information Desk at 814-269-7535.

     For additional information on Black Violin, visit

     UPJ is a vital knowledge center defining excellence and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural and economic environment through: excellent faculty teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as enriching faculty-student mentorships and collaborations in scholarship, research, and creative activity; operating as a top employer and key partner in shaping the economic future with an annual impact exceeding $60 million; engaging the community through exceptional volunteerism by faculty, staff, and students; expanding the workforce capacity by linking theory to practice through experiences such as internships and service learning projects; exceeding the national averages of student graduation and retention rates of similar institutions; a tradition of athletic excellence, with nationally recognized and award-winning programs; 17,000 alumni making a difference throughout the community and world; and by growing partnerships with businesses in areas such as healthcare, education, commerce, technology, and the arts.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 1/4/2008 9:25:00 AM