OLLI: The Story of the Violin

Date : February 06,2020

Time : 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Location : The University of Alabama Gadsden Center 121 N 1st St, Gadsden, Alabama 35901

Fees / Admission : Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Event Description:

The first clear record of a violin-like instrument comes from paintings by Gaudenzio Ferrari. In his Madonna of the Orange Tree, painted in 1530, a cherub is seen playing a bowed instrument that clearly has the hallmarks of a violin - bulging front and back plates, strings which feed into peg-boxes with side pegs and f-holes. It is not clear exactly who made these first violins, but there is evidence they originated from northern Italy. Learn how the violin is made, its origins, its music and its place in history. John will have violins in various stages of development and share his experience with them. OLLI Bonuses are open to the public and a great introduction to the benefits of our membership program. For more information, visit www.olli.ua.edu or call 205-348-6482.