El Sistema@Rainey Performed with international duo “Black Violin” at Cain Park, June 16, 2017

Posted on Jun 2, 2017


Our El Sistema@Rainey orchestra opened for musical phenomenon Black Violin on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater. This performance marked the first time our El Sistema musicians performed with a major national touring act.

Founded in 2011, El Sistema@Rainey provides 90 minutes of daily orchestra classes at Rainey Institute to Cleveland children in grades 2-8. Students may study violin, viola, cello or double bass.  This mastery-based program helps students grow as both musicians and, more importantly, as individuals. While their musical talent may not be of use each day, the life skills our musicians master are tools that will help them succeed daily.

Black Violin, which is comprised of classically trained viola and violin playing South Florida natives Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, have played for nearly 100,000 students and over 125 public shows across the US and Europe, sharing 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.  In June, the duo encouraged El Sistema@Rainey students to do the same by sharing the spotlight with the children at their concert at Cain Park.

Rainey Institute develops positive growth for over 2,000 Greater Cleveland children and young adults through education and engagement in visual and performing arts. Rainey musicians have contact with Cleveland’s world-class musical community and professional music teachers provide daily instruction. Students perform in monthly concerts for friends and family as well as in various community outreach concerts. Visit www.RaineyInstitute.org or call 216-881-1766 to enroll a student or donate to sponsor a child in El Sistema@Rainey.