FirstWorks Brings Black Violin and Bowie Ballet Tribute to Providence

Hip hop on a violin? Bowie in a ballet? It has to be FirstWorks.

Wil B. and Kev Marcus of Black Violin.

Two unexpectedly awesome acts are coming to Providence!

This Wednesday, Black Violin, the classical/hip-hop duo comprised of violists Wil B. and Kev Marcus will be playing at the Vets Memorial Auditorium. Combining the amazing skill of classical music with hip-hop samples to create a sound like no one has ever heard before. This performance, called the Classical Boom Tour, shatters the expectations of any violin concert ever held, blurring genre boundaries and making everyone want to get up and dance.

The musicians rose to fame through viral videos and have performed with the likes of Alicia Keys and for President Barack Obama at the Kids Inaugural Concert in 2013.

“It’s always a party with Black Violin,” says Kathleen Pletcher, founder and executive artistic director of FirstWorks.

The finale of the show will feature about thirty local students from five communities around the state performing on stage with Black Violin.

FirstWorks is also partnering with Star Dust, a ballet tribute to David Bowie on April 17 at Providence Performing Arts Center, performed by America’s first fully multi-cultural ballet company. The performance marks the beginning of FirstWorks’ fifteenth anniversary and promises to be just as glamorous, intense and magical as the Star Man was himself.

“These performers are just super dancers, at the top of their game – virtuosos, really,” says Pletcher. “And it’s all set to the music of David Bowie.”

Before the ballet, there will also be an anniversary gala, FirstWorks Glitter and Glam Party. With cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and entertainment, it’s the perfect way to kick off the evening before seeing a truly amazing show.

Pick up your tickets to Black Violin here and your tickets to Star Dust and the fifteenth anniversary gala here!



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