A silent auction of painted violins will be one of the highlights of Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s benefit evening, “KSO Goes to the Movies!” at 7:30 p.m. March 8 in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University.
The hand-painted, salvaged violins are one-of-a-kind art pieces created by local and regional artists. Nancy Long, art teacher at North Grove Elementary School in Sycamore, 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,” she 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 Spiderman. The auction also will include baskets and a table with items of children’s interest. All proceeds will benefit the orchestra, a 501(c)(3) organization.
The family concert will feature music from movie favorites such as “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Apollo 13,” “Les Miserables,” “The Pink Panther,” “West Side Story,” “Batman,” “Spiderman,” and more, with selected movie clips. Concert patrons are encouraged to dress in costume as their favorite movie characters.
Tickets cost $15 and will be available at the door. They also will be sold in advance at Sycamore Antiques, Kar Fre Flowers, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, The Hillside Restaurant and LePrint Express. A limited number of tickets are available.