Strings will be the thing as Lakeland College opens its 2013-14 Krueger Fine Arts Series on Friday, Sept. 27. Black Violin – the wildly popular group that had students buzzing in 2010 – returns to the Bradley Theatre stage, along with special guest The Moxie Strings.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with The Moxie Strings. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for non-Lakeland students, and can be purchased in advance by contacting Deb Fale at 920-565-1536 or at the door.
Black Violin played to a packed Bradley Theatre in the fall of 2010. The duo of Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester combines the eloquence and proficiency of classical orchestra strings, and forges it with the vibes and smooth flows of hip-hop. Black Violin creates a sound that is refreshing and uplifting to hip-hop lovers and classical string enthusiasts. Their ability to blend the two genres flawlessly promises an evening that everyone is guaranteed to feel.
A review in the New York Times said, "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."
Black Violin has worked alongside many talented artists and groups, including Linkin Park, Akon and Wu-Tang Clan. The smooth duo has also collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith and many more.
The Moxie Strings is a fun, energetic crew that delivers a large dose of feel good. Between their upbeat string style and their natural on-stage charisma, the group gives a new spin to bluegrass, Celtic, Canadian, rock, jazz and old time through a young perspective that is rooted in tradition. The Moxie Strings brings a unique bravura fashioned by the electrifying combination of fiddle player Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn. The duo is joined on stage by world percussionist Fritz McGirr, who adds a dynamic sound with his creative rhythmic energy.
Away from the stage, the group travels the country jumping from classroom to classroom to spend time introducing new genres of music to beginning high school and middle school string students. The group will be giving a free workshop to Lakeland music students and area school music students earlier in the day. The Moxie Strings was also honored as the featured artists/clinicians for MSBOA's first annual Alternative Styles Day.