Black Violin with Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO)

Black Violin

Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to SRO crowds.

"Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play… Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars." New York Times

Since starting Black Violin a decade ago Wil Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa, while appearing at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and last year's U.S. Open in Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks. Their groundbreaking collaboration has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the official President's Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC, where Barack Obama himself gave each a hearty hand-shake. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles.

Georgia Youth Symphony

Directed by GSO Conductor, Timothy Verville, the Symphony is the most advanced orchestral ensemble in the GYSO program and performs professional-level works from a variety of classical eras. Recent performances have included works of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Haydn, Beethoven and Mahler, as well as newly commissioned works. Symphony also performs with professional soloists from the Atlanta area, recently including Kenn Wagner (violin), Helen Kim (violin), Tom Hooten (trumpet) and Charae Kruger (cello). Symphony members are eligible for the GYSO Concerto Competition.

Symphony strings are generally playing 3 octave scales in all major and minor keys and solos from the standard concerto and sonata repertoire. They possess a controlled and varied vibrato and can produce a wide variety of bow strokes both on and off the string. Winds are comfortable in all major and minor keys and can play a full-register chromatic scale. Horns and trumpets are able to play (though perhaps not sight-read) all transpositions. Violas, cellos, bassoons and trombones are familiar with alternate clefs. Most woodwinds are comfortable with at least one auxiliary instrument.


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Reserved: $22.50, $34.50, $47.50 , $64.50 | $5.50 increase day of show

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Tickets are also available at The Woodruff Center Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

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