The Genius of Stradivari and Guarneri: Violins of Cremona

Longmont Museum Photo courtesy of Longmont Museum

On Saturday, February 1 the Longmont Museum and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra are teaming up to provide a special presentation on two rare and priceless violins. The event takes place from 1-3 p.m. in the Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd.

The evening will include an opportunity to learn about these two violins, a Stardivarious and a Guarneri del Gesu, owned and cared for by Dr. William Sloan and Professor Judy Sloan. The presentation will include information on the makers Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu. Following the presentation will be an intimate recitial by award-winning violinist Andrew Sords.

Sords will perform selected works on both instruments. He will be accompanied by pianist Susan Olenwine. Additional performances from Longmont Symphony Orchestra concertmaker Paul Tapkus and pianist Judy Sloan are scheduled as well.

The performances will be followed with the violins being displayed in the Museum’s Swan Atrium where Dr. Sloan and the musicians will be available to answer questions.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 303-651-8374.

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