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Black Violin and the promise of busting genres

Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus of Black Violin
Mark Clennon
Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus of Black Violin

Classical KC speaks with Wil Baptiste - violist with the Grammy Award-nominated string duo Black Violin. We'll hear Black Violin's unique blend of classical and hip-hop, as well as music curated by Wil and violinist, Kev Marcus.


Brooke Knoll


Wil Baptiste, viola


Elgar Nimrod
Al Green
From the album "Take the Stairs"

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2
I. Allegro non troppo
III. Quasi minuetto, moderato
by Johannes Brahms
Performed by the Belcea Quartet

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
5. Largo
by Dimitri Shostakovich
Performed by the Emerson String Quartet

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV1048
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
Performed by the European Brandenberg Ensemble
Trevor Pinnock, conductor

Wil Baptiste and his viola
Mark Clennon
Wil Baptiste and his viola

You can learn more about Black Violin at and their foundation at

For more information about their performance in Kansas City, visit

Brooke Knoll is the digital audience specialist and afternoon host for Classical KC. You can reach her at
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