Free Event: Stradivari vs. the Modern Violin

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

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Join President Bharacha and other judges when they listen to a blind test between of the world-renowned Stradivarius violins and the best of those made using modern methods. Stradivarius violins, made by the legendary studio based in Cremola, Italy during the 17th and 18th centuries, are famous for their "unmatched" tone.  Can experts tell the difference?

A violin recital featuring the Stradivarius will follow the blind demonstration.

The event is part of MondoMusica: New York, a multi-day event bringing together some of the world's top violin makers.  The event will be part of a documentary film to be broadcast by the Japanese national TV NHK.

It is free and open to the public in the Great Hall on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.