Black Violin Concert Brings Hun Students to their Feet
On Wednesday, December 7th, The Hun School of Princeton welcomed Black Violin, a strings-playing hip-hop duo, for an all-school concert. The musicians’ unique sound and energy drove hundreds of students and teachers to the foot of the stage for an impromptu dance party.
“They were unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” said student Delia Lawver ’17, of the band. “They made the violin really cool and modern, and had the whole school up and dancing.”
Violinist Kevin Sylvester and violist Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B., did a 15-song set for the Hun community as part of the School’s Centennial Speakers Series. The duo, who are classically trained musicians, have performed with Alicia Keys, the Wu-Tang Clan and other superstars. They’ve also produced music with Kanye West, Aerosmith, and Tom Petty.
With the crowd jumping, the group did original and covered songs that ranged from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 to Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk. Their new album, Stereotypes, encourages people to look past stereotypes and focus on what unites us rather than what divides us.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.