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KPAC Blog
3:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Black Violin Talks High School Outreach Ahead Of Friday Performance

Black Violin performing for a showcase at SXSW 2013 in Austin last march.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Black Violin, it's the Florida band which has staked out the unlikely intersection of hip hop and classical music. Band member Wilner Baptiste (Wil B) spoke to TPR about the band's outreach efforts in high schools.

"It's something that is very dear to our hearts because we understand," Baptiste said. "We were in a performing arts school that actually had an orchestra."

Baptiste talked about his Fort Lauderdale high school years where, due to budget cuts, he nearly missed being able to learn violin.

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KPAC Blog
5:03 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Black Violin Shakes Up Classical And Hip-Hop Worlds At The Carver

Black Violin
Courtesy photo

Black Violin is coming to San Antonio, and they’re probably unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Their sound could be described as two parts hip hop and two parts classical.

"We’re a product of both worlds," said Wilner Baptiste, or Wil B as he’s known.

"The classical/hip hop thing is always something we did to keep our interest in the classics," Baptiste said.

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Classical Spotlight
12:33 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Camerata San Antonio Recital Features Co-Founder Emily Watkins-Freudigman

Freudigman plays with True at a private residence
Joseph Murgo

Violist is joined by Carolyn True in romantic favorites

Each season, Camerata San Antonio features one player in concert for the "Camerata Recital." This year will be the first for co-founder  Emily Watkins-Freudigman, who will play music by Benjamin Britten, Darius Milhaud, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Prokofiev.

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Classical Spotlight
2:14 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

New Sounds From UIW Composer: Darian Thomas Mixes Old And New With Four World Premieres!

Composer & Violinist Darian Thomas.
John Clare Texas Public Radio

Friday night sees four new works by Darian Thomas at the Radius Center in San Antonio. 

It will include "Rant" - for solo viola with Jill Van Gee; "St. Anthony's Trio" - For string trio with Thomas, Darryl Tolliver, and Luke Bonecutter; "Juli-o" - For solo cello and rapper, featuring Luke Bonecutter and Derwin Mello Pokell Bios; and "The British Quartet." 

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Classical Spotlight
12:59 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Eliza Thomason Presents Colorful Viola Recital, 'Wild Purple,' at TLU

Eliza Thomason plays Wild Purple by Joan Tower in the Texas Public Radio mail room.
John Clare Texas Public Radio

Viola is the middle voice of the string family and is often considered more mellow than the violin. At Texas Lutheran University, Eliza Thomason leads the string department, teaching strings and conducting the student orchestra. This Sunday she'll be joined by Dr. Eric Daub in music by Bach, Schumann, Joan Tower and Rebecca Clarke.

The recital is free and open to the public. Sunday, November 11, at 4 p.m. in Wupperman Theater in the fine arts building on the TLU campus.

Eliza played for TPR staff and volunteers at a "tiny desk" concert:

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