Patients at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley were treated to a special performance Wednesday.
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker played one of the most highly-valued violins in the world for patients and medical staff in the intensive care unit and cancer center.
The 1686 Ex-Nachez Stradivarius, built by Antonio Stradivari just 16 years after the founding of Charleston, is owned by John and Winifred Constable, part-time Charleston residents who first loaned the violin to Bekker to perform local composer Edward Hart’s "Under an Indigo Sky" with the CSO in 2012.
Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker plays for patients at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker plays for patients at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley Wednesday, April 11, 2018 using a 1686 Stradivarius violin. Yuriy will be playing the violin this weekend for the CSO’s season finale performance.
After about 18 months of careful restoration work, the violin will make another appearance at this weekend's Charleston Symphony Orchestra season finale performance, featuring Bekker playing Bruch's popular violin concerto.
Performances will be held at the Gaillard Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.
For tickets or more information, go to www.charlestonsymphony.org or call 843-723-7528.