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'Black Violin' focuses on the Power of Music

ART=OPPORTUNITY, a recently launched art awareness campaign led by CSUSM's Dr. Merryl Goldberg, invites art educators and the community to California Center the Arts, Escondido on Thursday, Feb. 2 a for a special talkback and performance by Black Violin, a dynamic duo revered for smashing musical stereotypes with their unique sound that fuses classical, jazz, hip-hop and blues.

The inspiring hosted discussion will take place at 4 p.m. in the Concert Hall before the Feb. 2 concert which begins at 7:30 p.m. The sounds of classical violin and hip-hop combine to create the musical phenomenon Black Violin. Their one-of-a-kind sound is sought after by hit recording artists. The duo of Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste share their signature sound as they challenge stereotypes.

An interesting local connection is that the duo provides the soundtrack and title music to the popular FOX TV series, "Pitch," filmed in San Diego and featuring the hometown San Diego Padres.

Martha Barnette is co-host of the public-radio show "A Way with Words," broadcast in 300 cities across North America, and worldwide by podcast. The show, about words and how we use them, airs locally on KPBS-FM.

“We’ve spent the last 10 years working to encourage and empower people of all ages, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to find what connects us, rather than shine a light on what divides us. This past year alone, we’ve played for nearly 100,000 students across the US and Europe. We’ve taken this opportunity to spread a message that challenges the world’s view of what it means to rise above labels, be daring enough to follow their passion and most of all, be true to themselves.”- Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste, #blackviolinunity

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ART=OPPORTUNITY, funded by a Stuart Foundation grant to California State University San Marcos CSUSM, is a San Diego county-wide campaign focused on providing access to all children to a better education by improving literacy through the arts; including technical assistance to implement arts plans, professional development, and mentoring.

It is being implemented by Dr. Merryl Goldberg, executive director of Center ARTES and a leadership team of arts educators, professionals and area nonprofits including the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email or visit