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LONGMONT, CO, JANUARY 14, 2020  — On Saturday, February 1 at 3 p.m. , the Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and Longmont Museum are co-presenting a special event entitled " The Genius of Stradivari & Guarneri: Violins of Cremona." The event will be held at the Longmont Museum's Stewart Auditorium.

"The Longmont Symphony is proud to partner with the Longmont Museum to offer this extraordinary opportunity to learn about and experience two rare and priceless violins -- a Stradivarius and a Guarneri del Gesu -- owned and cared for by Dr. William Sloan and Professor Judy Sloan," said LSO Board Member Robert Pilkey.

Beginning with a lively presentation by Dr. Sloan on Italian violin makers Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu, the program will include an intimate recital by award-winning violinist Andrew Sords performing selected works on both instruments and accompanied by pianist Susan Olenwine . LSO concertmaster Paul Trapkus and pianist Judy Sloan will also perform. Afterwards, the violins will be on display in the Museum's Swan Atrium, where Dr. Sloan and musicians will be available to answer questions.

Tickets are $22 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors, and $18 for Longmont Museum members. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 303-651-8374.

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The Longmont Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to enrich, inspire and serve our extended community as a symphony orchestra recognized for its artistic excellence. The LSO now presents 17 performances per year (six concerts at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium; a free July 4th concert at Thompson Park; a performance of Handel’s Messiah; four chamber orchestra concerts at Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium; two full performances of The Nutcracker with the Boulder Ballet, plus a shortened Gentle Nutcracker for individuals with special needs and their families; and a pair of concerts for all St. Vrain Valley School District 5th graders), and has an active education and outreach program. For more information, visit .

The Longmont Museum is a center for culture in Northern Colorado where people of all ages explore history, experience art, and discover new ideas through dynamic programs, exhibitions, and events. Regional history, internationally-known artists, and explorations of culture are all part of the mix of exhibitions at the Longmont Museum. Permanent exhibits document the 14,000 years of human history in Longmont and the people who helped to create this community. Special exhibits in the Museum’s main gallery, Portal Gallery, and Swan Atrium change several times a year. Learn more at .