While I was sitting next to my daughter in the sold out Ohio Theatre, I knew that this was a special evening but had no idea exactly how big of a deal it truly was.
Il Cannone (The Cannon) is a 276 year old violin named by it’s former owner, famed Italian composer and violinist, Niccolo Paganini. When Paganini passed in 1840, he left the violin to the city of Genoa, Italy.
In all this time, Il Cannone has been to the U.S. a total of only three times. Once to San Francisco, the furthest the violin has ever traveled, in 1999 and once to New York City in 2003. And now, an event 4 years in the making, Il Cannone is here in our great city as a result of the sister city relationship Columbus has with Genoa.