This is a Rain or Shine Event
Black Violin is lead by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom,” to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.
Black Violin is currently writing and recording their next studio album expected to be released late 2019. Their last record, 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.” Some of their creative collaborations include Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, and Alicia Keys.
The group advocates for educational outreach and in the past 12 months have performed for over 100,000 students in the US and Europe. Black Violin’s Impossible Tour will spread the message that anything is possible and there are no limits to what one can achieve, regardless of circumstance.
This show features a special performance from the Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard 5th Grade Advanced Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Mark Hillegass Jr. The orchestra is part of the magnet program at Sidney Lanier and is currently one of three orchestras. The orchestra consists of 22 musicians ranging from 1st to 3rd year players.
The orchestra program consists of the 4th Grade Beginner Orchestra, 5th Grade Advanced Orchestra, 6th Grade Beginner Orchestra, and in the future will be adding an intermediate and advanced orchestra to the middle school program.
Permitted Items for events in Strauss Square
The following is a list of items that are permitted in Strauss Square unless otherwise noted on the event page:
- Structure does not matter
- Chair leg height not to exceed 4”
- Here are some examples
Prohibited Items for events in Strauss Square
1. Outside Food or Beverages
7. Bags or Coolers
8. Laser Pointers