Kids Commute - Pop! Goes the Classical Week - Friday

Oct 5, 2018

Black Violin (Kev Marcus, violin and Wil B., viola) performing live in Dubai in 2007

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! It’s the final day of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’ve dedicated this week to artists with a classical music background who bridge the gap between modern classical music.

Today, we focus on Black Violin, a violin/viola duo that combines classical-style playing with contemporary hip-hop beats. In today’s musical selection, they use Joseph Brackett’s Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts, and reimagine it with variations on the theme, a hip-hop beat, and their classical training.

Kids Commuters - you have until Monday, October 8 to enter the drawing to win tickets to see Black Violin in concert at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor on October 13! Simply text the word "tickets" to our Quizlet line 231-237-7482 for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

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"Shaker"
Based on a hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett
Arranged and performed by Black Violin (Kev Marcus and Wil B.)

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Here is Shaker by Black Violin performed live with the Mellarme Youth Chamber Orchestra:

Here is a TED talk given by Black Violin:

...and here's an exciting performance from one of their first big breaks on "Showtime at the Apollo!"