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DEKALB, Ill. — A silent auction of painted violins will be one of the highlights of Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s (KSO) benefit evening, “KSO Goes to the Movies!” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 8, in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.
The hand-painted, salvaged violins are one-of-a-kind art pieces, created by local and regional artists, to be auctioned off during the evening.
Nancy Long, art teacher at North Grove Elementary School, Sycamore, Ill., painted a violin in the style of Vincent van Gogh’s painting, “Starry Night.”
“I decided to do the ‘Starry Night’ theme because of the curves and swirls in the design of the violin,” Long said.
Sycamore Middle School Art Instructor Anna Zantout drew inspiration from a few of the movie theme selections being played in the concert. Her violin is painted with the characters of Pink Panther, James Bond 007 and Spider-Man.
The auction will also include various baskets and a table with items of children’s interest. All proceeds will benefit KSO, a 501(c)(3) organization.
The family concert will feature live music from movie favorites such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Apollo 13, Les Misérables, The Pink Panther, West Side Story, Batman, Spider-Man, and more, with selected movie clips. Concert patrons are encouraged to dress in costume of their favorite movie characters.
Tickets are $15 per person and will be available at the door prior to the concert and will also be sold in advance of the concert date at the following local businesses: Sycamore Antiques, Kar Fre Flowers, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, The Hillside Restaurant, and LePrint Express. A limited number of tickets are available.
Sponsorship packages for businesses and individuals are available. For more information, visit www.kishorchestra.org or contact Amanda Nelson, KSO general manager, at email@example.com or call (815) 756-3728.
Posted March 6, 2013