The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

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Monday, January 8 through Friday, February 2, 2024. Read by Baron Kelly.

Growing up Black in rural North Carolina, Ray McMillian’s life is already mapped out. But Ray has a gift and a dream—he’s determined to become a world-class professional violinist. When he discovers that his beat-up, family fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach, and together, Ray and his violin take the world by storm. But on the eve of the renowned and cutthroat Tchaikovsky Competition, the violin is stolen, a ransom note for five million dollars left in its place. Without it, Ray feels like he’s lost a piece of himself. As the competition approaches, Ray must not only reclaim his precious violin, but prove to himself—and the world—that no matter the outcome, there has always been a truly great musician within him.

(Anchor; ISBN-10: 0593315081)

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Theme: Joshua Bell; Tchaikovsky; Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

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