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300-year-old Stradivarius violin to be featured at Southern Illinois Music Festival

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

A virtuoso player, Kiril Laskarov, and a 300-year-old priceless Stradivarius violin will be featured at SIU Carbondale Jan. 18-19, in support of the Southern Illinois Music Festival, the annual summer classical and jazz series of concerts

As a fundraiser for the music festival, SIU System President Randy Dunn and his wife, Ronda Dunn, will host a wine and cheese reception and concert of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Cencerto at the Stone Center on Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m..

This event is by reservation only and tickets are $100.

To purchase tickets call 618-536-3471.

There will also be a special School of Music convocation on Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall and is free of charge.

A former student of SIU professor of violin Michael Barta and currently co-concertmaster for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Laskarov, presents Le Brun.

Laskarov earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State Academy of Music in Sofia and a master's degree from SIU.

He is a native of Bulgaria and was a featured soloist at the festival last year.

Many Stradivarius violins have names and this one is "Le Brun".

This violin was made during the "golden period" of violin production by Antonio Stradivari in 1712.

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