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

    “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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