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Free Black Violin Concert in Columbus, June 27

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Black Violin. Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jen Schmits Thomas
On behalf of the Columbus Visitors Center
http://columbus.in.us/

The musical duo, Black Violin, returns to Indiana June 27, 2014, but this time it’s for a free, outdoor concert in Columbus as part of the series, Live on the Plaza. The concert is at 7 p.m. on the plaza at Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., in the heart of the Columbus Arts District, about a 45-minute drive from Indianapolis. It is the inaugural performance for the new Live on the Plaza series.

Black Violin is an American hip hop duo comprised of two classically trained viola and violin players, Wil B and Kev Marcus. They bring a mash-up of musical styles, including R&B, soul, classical and rock, making Black Violin’s sound accessible to everyone.

The group gained popularity quickly after playing at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball and being named one of the top new bands at the 2013 South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival.

“Black Violin is selling out in venues across the country, so the fact we’re able to offer a free concert is an incredible benefit to Columbus and the surrounding areas,” said Lynn Lucas, executive director of the Columbus Area Visitors Center.

Black Violin performed at a ticketed event on May 5 at the Warren Performing Arts Center in Indianapolis, which is where Jennifer Stringer first heard the group with her daughter and now plans to take the whole family and friends to Columbus.

“They are phenomenal. I’ve become a huge fan,” said Stringer, who lives on the west side of Indianapolis. “Plus, they have a powerful message for kids about thinking outside the box and working hard in pursuit of one’s passion. They are worth the drive.”

One of Black Violin’s goals is to reach young fans and bridge the gap between classical music and other popular music styles through music education. Because of this, the Columbus Area Arts Council is hosting a workshop for young musicians at the Columbus Philharmonic’s Strings Camps before the concert. Members of the Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will get a chance to play on stage with Black Violin.

WHAT:
Black Violin concert

WHERE:
Outdoor plaza, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus, Ind.

WHEN:
7 p.m., June 27, 2014

COST:
Free

HOTEL INFO:
http://columbus.in.us/ or 800-468-6564

Live on the Plaza is a new arts program presented by Columbus Area Arts Council that strives to bring innovative musical performances to Columbus. Supported financially by NTN Driveshaft, Live on the Plaza will be held on the newly renovated plaza of Bartholomew County Public Library. Designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1969, the library plaza underwent major renovations beginning in fall 2013.

The rain location for this event is The Commons at 300 Washington Street.

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