Cremona, Italy began its legacy as the world capital of violin making in the 16th century as the home of the renowned Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari families. The city has continued its tradition to the present day, and now Chicagoans will have the chance to view extraordinary modern instruments from Cremona. The Consortium of Violin Makers “Antonio Stradivari” Cremona, representing 72 contemporary master violin makers, is touring the US with a selection of violins, violas, and cellos. William Harris Lee & Company will serve as the Chicago host for the exhibition from December 4-December 23. The public is invited to attend a gala reception at William Harris Lee on Friday, December 10 from 4:30 PM-9:30 PM to play and hear the outstanding collection of instruments. All instruments are available for trial and purchase through December 23.
William Harris Lee is located in The Fine Arts Building, Suite 560, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. For more information, please call 800-447-4533.
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