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Horsing around with da Vinci

CCEEC to host musical lecture next Friday

Violinist Joshua Diesti tries to imagine how Leonardo’s viola da braccio might have been played. “Horsing Around with Leonardo da Vinci,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Cazenovia College Equine Education Center’s Great Hall.

Violinist Joshua Diesti tries to imagine how Leonardo’s viola da braccio might have been played. “Horsing Around with Leonardo da Vinci,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Cazenovia College Equine Education Center’s Great Hall.

The Cazenovia College Equine Education Center will host “Horsing Around with Leonardo da Vinci,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Center’s Great Hall.

Presenters will be Dr. Gary Radke, professor of humanities at Syracuse University, and Joshua Diesti, a professional violinist from the Syracuse Violin Academy.

A group tour of the equine education center will be offered at 6:30 p.m., with the formal part of the program beginning at 7 p.m. A display of equine art created by local artists will be included and light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public.

While there is no admission fee, contributions will be accepted and will be used to support unique learning experiences for students in the Equine Business Management program.

Dr. Radke, a Leonardo da Vinci scholar, will discuss the renowned artist, scientist and inventor, focusing on a stringed instrument da Vinci created in the shape of a horse’s skull. Diesti, a Julliard-trained violinist, accompanied by three other musicians, will play classical music to accompany the lecture, in the Great Hall at the equine education center.

“This event brings together two seemingly unconnected subjects: horses and music; Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated by both,” said Radke. “He studied horses, designed numerous equestrian monuments and created an unusual viola da braccio, a forerunner of the modern violin, in the shape of a horse’s skull.”

In this lecture recital, inspired by research conducted at the CCEEC, Radke, an art historian, will explore Leonardo’s drawings of horses. Diesti, a concert violinist, will demonstrate how Leonardo’s instrument may have been played and how violin music has developed from Leonardo’s day to modern times.

“The original owner of the college’s facility referred to this part of the building as ‘the opera house,’ since he was very interested in both horses and the arts,” said Carol Buckhout, assistant professor of Equine Business Management and instructor of the Equine Anatomy and Physiology course at Cazenovia College. “It was very rewarding to assist Dr. Radke with his research by providing horse skull specimens.”

The CCEEC is located at 4460 Woodfield Road in Cazenovia. For more information contact Carol Buckhout at 655-7133 or cbuckhout@cazenovia.edu.

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