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Honoring the legend and mystique of eight rare and extraordinary violins hand-crafted by Italian master violin maker, Antonio Stradivari, world-class musicians come together to perform music by Vivaldi, Bach and Piazzolla.

featuring Stradivarius violins:

1666 Serdet Stradivarius
The earliest known Stradivari instrument that still bears its original label, its craftsmanship—though certainly extraor¬dinary—offers a fascinating glimpse of a master luthier in the early stages of learning his craft.

1708 Ruby Stradivarius
The “Ruby” lived much of its life quietly in the hands of knowledgeable collectors. Now, thanks to the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society®, it’s available to sing out in hands of the finest players in the world, including its current player, US violinist Philippe Quint.

1711 Kreisler Stradivarius
Purchased from the great Fritz Kreisler by Dorothea Powers in 1945, this violin is currently owned by the LA Phil and played by principal concertmaster Martin Chalifour.

1714 Leonora Jackson Stradivarius
Played and owned by renowned Hungarian violinist and teacher Joseph Joachim, as well as America’s first great female violin soloist, Leonora Jackson, this 1714 Strad has lived with aristocrats and virtuosos.

1715 Titian Stradivarius
Considered among the finest violins of Stradivari’s Golden Period and revered for its unusual power, scope and focus, the “Titian” was named by a French dealer who said its orange-red color reminded him of the paintings of the famed artist Titian.

1716 Milstein Stradivarius
For collectors and violin aficionados, the acquisition of a Stradivarius violin often takes the form of a quest. In 2006, Jerry and Terri Kohl’s quest gave a home to the “Milstein” Strad, and LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer is often privileged to play this stunning instrument.

c.1720 Beechback Stradivarius
Though the “Beechback,” a composite Strad, underwent several physical changes, the instrument remains a true Stradivari, one whose understated, dark exterior belies its rich tone and full sound.

1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius
Now owned by violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, the whereabouts of the fiery “Red Mendelssohn,” inspiration for the movie The Red Violin, was a mystery for more than 200 years.

Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1708.

This inscription is found on the stunning “Ruby” violin, hand-crafted by the Italian master violin-maker Antonio Stradivari in the picturesque city of Cremona.

Discover the magic for yourself at this extraordinary evening.

part of the strad fest LA

special note

*Philippe Quint plays the 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society®.

Special Appearances

Following dessert, retreat to the exquisite “pink” French lounge for an up-close Stradivarius experience. Enjoy after-dinner conversation, cordials and cappuccino with Strad Fest violinists, luthiers and Stradivarius experts.

Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performs on her 1720 “Red Mendelssohn,” the inspiration for François Girard’s movie, The Red Violin.


Tickets to this benefit event start at $750/person. For more information about ticket/table availability and related Strad Fest LA benefits,please call Justin Pressman at 213 622 7001 × 3.


festive cocktail attire/black tie-optional


Stradosphere includes both silent and live auctions. For auction particulars, check back in March. If you are interested in contributing an item to the auction, please email us at info@laco.org


All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

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Pat & Sandy Gage
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