Troy youths at­tend spe­cial con­cert

Col­lar City youths at­tend spe­cial mu­sic hall per­for­mance

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Nicholas Buo­nanno nbuo­ @Nick­Buo­nanno on Twit­ter

TROY, N. Y. » Sev­eral dozen lo­cal youths were able to see and en­joy a spe­cial per­for­mance this past week­end.

Thanks to sev­eral do­na­tions, Billy Carter of the King­dom Min­istries youth group in Troy and Jerry Ford of Team Help­ing Ev­ery­one Rec­og­nize Op­por­tu­nity were able to bring youth mem­bers of their groups to the Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall on Fri­day night to see a per­for­mance by Black Vi­o­lin.

Com­bin­ing their clas­si­cal train­ing and hip- hop in­flu­ences to cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive multi­genre sound that is of­ten de­scribed as “clas­si­cal boom,” Wil B. and Kev Mar­cus have risen to fame with a style of mu­sic that com­bines clas­si­cal, hip- hop and R& B.

The mu­si­cians have ap­peared at Pres­i­dent Obama’s in­au­gu­ra­tion and three Su­per Bowls. They’ve also col­lab­o­rated with a who’s who of mu­sic su­per­stars, in­clud­ing Kanye West, the Ea­gles, Tom Petty, Aero­smith Wu-Tang Clan, Wy­clef Jean, Ali­cia Keys and Aretha Franklin.

The band re­leased its ma­jor la­bel de­but Stereo­types ( fea­tur­ing Black Thought of The Roots and MC Pharoahe Monch) on Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic which de­buted at # 1 on the Bill­board Clas­si­cal Cross­over Chart and # 4 on the Bill­board R& B Chart.

The duo is cur­rently writ­ing and record­ing its next stu­dio al­bum, due out later this year.

“The whole show was just pos­i­tive and to see the dif­fer­ent choices and dif­fer­ent careers that are avail­able is just a great op­por­tu­nity for these kids to ex­pe­ri­ence,” Carter said, adding they made the kids wear dress up clothes for the per­for­mance. “The way they were re­ceived there by oth­ers was nice to see.”

Carter and Ford said that all the youth en­joyed the per­for­mance and acted in a good man­ner through­out.

“The kids re­ally re­lated to Black Vi­o­lin’s story and they shared a beau­ti­ful mes­sage with ev­ery­one there,” said Carter, who noted that the kids were still talk­ing and smil­ing about the show af­ter it hap­pened when Carter saw some of them again on Sun­day. “They were able to re­late as black kids to these guys and in a clas­si­cal sense it shows that the kids are not just lim­ited to rap mu­sic.”

“One of our big­gest things that we try to do is present new ex­pe­ri­ences for our youth,” added Ford, who said kids and adults from his group loved the over­all per­for­mance, with some kids telling him that they now have in­ter­est to be a vi­o­lin­ist. “What the Black Vi­o­lin does is just amazing and they’re tear­ing down stereo­typ­i­cal walls by be­ing in that pro­fes­sion and we just wanted to ex­pose our young peo­ple to some­thing from and new and get them to think out­side of the box.”

Ford was also thank­ful that so many youth fromthe com­mu­nity were able to see a per­for­mance like this, while also not­ing that many of the youth also were able to ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing in­side the Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall for the first time too.

“We re­ally want to thank John­son Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Kevin John­son for bring­ing them to our area and for the op­por­tu­nity to open the imag­i­na­tion of our young peo­ple and ex­pose them to new ex­pe­ri­ences,” Ford said.


Kids from­var­i­ous youth pro­grams in the Col­lar City pose for a photo be­fore head­ing in to watch the Black Vi­o­lin per­form at the Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall re­cently.


Kids from var­i­ous youth pro­grams in the Col­lar City dress up to watch the Black Vi­o­lin per­form at the Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall re­cently.

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