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Santa Rosa Symphony League’s ‘Evening in Vienna’ Fundraiser: Broken Violins as Works of Art

April 5, 2018

“Evening in Vienna,” organized by parents of Youth Orchestra members and the Symphony League, features live and silent auctions showcasing 24 violins, a cello and a bass — all no longer playable. “Some of the donated violins were in pieces, said Wendy Cilman, the symphony’s director of education. “One came in bandages, tied up like a mummy.”

But while the damage left the instruments no longer useful to a musician, artists invited to work with the violins regarded this as challenge and inspiration.

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