Join us on December 6 for a virtual Q&A discussion with Brendan Slocumb, author of The Violin Conspiracy, in the UMGC Alumni Virtual Book Club. This discussion is open to both current and new joining members of the club and is hosted by PBC Guru.
The Violin Conspiracy is a riveting tale about a Black classical musician whose family heirloom violin is stolen on the eve of the most prestigious classical music competition in the world.
During this discussion, ask questions and hear directly from Slocumb about the story of Ray McMillian, a musician who loves playing the violin more than anything, and nothing will stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional musician.
Not his mother, who thinks he should get a real job, not the fact that he can’t afford a high-caliber violin, not the racism inherent in the classical music world. And when he makes the startling discovery that his great-grandfather’s fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, his star begins to rise.
Then with the international Tchaikovsky Competition—the Olympics of classical music—fast approaching, his prized family heirloom is stolen. Ray is determined to get it back. But now his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-grandfather are each claiming that the violin belongs to them.
With the odds stacked against him and the pressure mounting, will Ray ever see his beloved violin again?
Date & Location
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM