Made In Italy

Strings Attached

By Thomas Walter Kelley

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An extraordinary, life-changing journey across continents and time

One night in 1980, through a series of improbable events, a fine, old, Italian violin came into the lives of Tom and Cheri Lyon Kelley. Naturally, they were curious to learn its story: Where was it made? When? By whom? And how did it make its way from the Old World to the New?

Their quest for answers led them to people and places they never could have anticipated, from some of the loveliest villas in Italy to the sordid underworld of violin fakes, frauds, and thefts.

Made in Italy tells the story of an American couple’s enchanting romp through Italy chasing food, wine, music—and the history of a rare, old, Cremonese violin.” —Michelle Mandro, Founder, Wine Country Women

What a pleasure to follow the history of this remarkable violin, which is in the hands of an artist who not only appreciates its tonal qualities but also is resolute in keeping its story alive.” —Wyatt Warren, Kenneth Warren & Sons, Ltd. Violins, Chicago, Il

The story of a marriage intertwined with the story of a magnificent violin. Captivating reading! Such an interesting book!”  —James Rightmyer, D.M.A., Fellow, the American Guild of Organists, St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church

Part history, part travelogue, Made in Italy takes you into a part of the music world you may never have thought about but will be happy to experience. Charming and thrilling, informative and action-packed, all at the same time.” —Vincenzo de Michelis, Tauck Tours

 
Cheri Lyon Kelley and her remarkable violin [see linkedIn]

Cheri Lyon Kelley and her remarkable violin [see linkedIn]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author: Tom Kelley is a retired businessman and an avid opera and orchestral music fan. He is married to Cheri Lyon Kelley, a violinist with the Louisville Orchestra. She and her remarkable violin have played for audiences all over the world for more than forty years.

"Breakfast at Villa Poggiano." Tom and Cheri Kelley on the road during their adventure through Italy to authenticate Cheri's violin.

"Breakfast at Villa Poggiano." Tom and Cheri Kelley on the road during their adventure through Italy to authenticate Cheri's violin.