Black Violin challenges stereotypes with a mix of hip-hop and classical music at Ridgefield Playhouse, April 10


Forget what you know about classical music: Black Violin breathes new life into the genre with every performance. On their only Connecticut tour stop at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, April 10, 2022, with two performances at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., the acclaimed band will push the boundaries of convention with their “classic boom” sound.

The band has famously collaborated with the likes of Kanye WestWu Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, lil wayneand Alicia’s Keys, and NPR praised Black Violin, saying “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation”. Led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (fiddle), with DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes adding hip hop textures to their instrumental abilities. The group uses its unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds to come together to break down cultural barriers. Part of the Xfinity Family series with support from HamletHub and the Pepsi Rock Driven by North American Motor Car series with sponsorship from Faye & Jerry Walton.

Black Violin also continues to inspire young people through its non-profit organization The Black Violin Foundation. The organization is dedicated to empowering young people by working with them in their communities to give them access to quality music programs that encourage creativity. The foundation was featured on CBS This Morning in early 2021. Each year, the foundation’s inaugural program offers scholarships and grants to young people who want to further their musical education through a program of their liking that fosters creativity and l musical innovation. Black Violin are thrilled to be back on the road and invite new and old fans to join them for an evening full of uplifting and uplifting music.

For more information or to purchase a contactless print-at-home ticket ($59.50), go online at or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a nonprofit performing arts facility located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and accessible to all.


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