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Robert Christian Branchini, 60, of West Ashley reaches over to touch the 1686 Ex-Nachez Stradivarius violin held by Charleston Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker, who then played for Branchini in his room at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Branchini said he was a musician himself and started playing the guitar around 5 years old. "It was like me playing to him. If he came to see me and I played one of my pieces for him, he would see it, hear it and feel it in his mind." Branchini said he closed his eyes and moved along with the music. Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

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.

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.

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