Adult Outreach Program: Mysteries and Histories of the Smithsonian's Musical Instrument Collection

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA

Contact: Shelly Rosenstein


(This is a joint program with Thursday at the J participants)

Presented by: Gary Sturm, Smithsonian Curator Emeritus, Chair of the Smithsonian American History Museum's Division of Music, Sports & Entertainment

A man who paid $100 for the violin he played for nearly 50 years never told anyone it was a stolen 274-year-old Stradivarius until he made a deathbed confession to his wife. In 2015, a rare “Strad” built in 1734 was returned to its rightful owners 38 years after being stolen after a concert in 1980. Gary will enlighten us with stories such
as these and take us on an in-depth look at the history of the Stradivarius (one sold for $12 million!), as well as a look at the many other amazing instruments displayed at the Smithsonian. A multimedia presentation will reveal many fascinating details about these instruments, and how one goes about investigating and authenticating the history of them. Join us at Beth El for this special behind-the-scenes look at the Smithsonian!

Fee: $5 for all participants

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