At the inaugural concert of the Regis University Music Program Concert Series, SVET gave a largely crowd pleasing performance. SVET is a classically trained violinist who made a name for himself by appearing on America’s Got Talent. He combines his classical background with his love for hip hop, electronic, and pop music.
SVET’s set started as essentially a pop hits DJ set while he played over the songs on his violin. It was fun, but it honestly got old after a bit. However, he is a natural showman, and transformed the recital hall into a sing-a-long. After his first DJ set, he started playing originals. His originals featured him rapping, singing, and fusing pop, hip hop, and modern day EDM. Personally, I enjoyed his instrumental work far more because it focused on the possibilities of the violin in modern day music. His non-instrumental music was not really to my taste, but his pop sensibilities have potential to take him further.
However, it wasn’t just pop songs all night. SVET played a classical solo piece, and he shredded over the beat to Kanye West’s Clique. But, his showmanship undeniably was the focus of the performance. He would walk out in the crowd, and make people sing along with him. He even requested that people request songs on his Twitter for a special closing song, which was inevitably Toxic by Britney Spears. All in all, it was a fun way to start off the Regis University Music Program Concert Series.
Article by Sye Sharp.