PATERSON, NJ - Students musicians from the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ Paterson Music Project (PMP) took the stage Thursday for a special performance with internationally renowned hip-hop duo Black Violin. The Valentine’s Day concert took place at the Shea Center for the Performing Arts at William Paterson University.

Known for their "hard-hitting beat with lush string sounds,"the duo of violinist Wil Baptiste and violast Kev Marcus met in high school and joined back together after college to form Black Violin, and have since used their signature sound, often described as “classical boom”, to break down stereotypes and cultural barriers. Since their launch they have toured with Kanye West, Jay- Z and Linkin Park and have collaborated with Aerosmith, Wynton Marsalis and Elvis Costello. In January 2013, they performed for President Barack Obama at his Second Inauguration.

“We are grateful to William Paterson University for co-presenting this concert and making this opportunity possible for PMP. It was a magical evening for our students performing with Black Violin for a packed house of family and community members,” Music Project Program Director Elizabeth Moulthrop told TAPinto Paterson.

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The students and Black Violin performed two “moving” renditions of the popular tune Simple Gifts, and, after being welcomed with raucous cheers of “PMP, PMP” as they were introduced “could not have felt more supported or proud of their work.”

Through the opportunity PMP’s students “got to see firsthand what is possible when you mix hard work and passion for your craft,” Moulthrop concluded.


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