Musical Instruments from Around the World on Display at the Sheldon: Video

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One of many world instruments on display at the Sheldon. - SCREENSHOT FROM THE VIDEO BY SADIYYAH RICE.
  • Screenshot from the video by Sadiyyah Rice.
  • One of many world instruments on display at the Sheldon.

The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries' long-standing reputation for championing the visual and performing arts in St. Louis has prompted an awe-inspiring donation -- a treasure trove of more than 2,500 exotic jazz, folk, ceremonial and indigenous musical instruments, including bizarre hybrids such as the Saxotrumpet and a must-be-seen-to-be-believed soprano slide saxophone.

The Sheldon celebrates the acquisition with A World of Music: Instruments from the Hartenberger World Music Collection, an exhibit focused on the instruments of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Highlights include a Chimu whistling bottle dating back to 1000 A.D. and an extremely rare eight-and-a-half-octave marimba out of Guatemala.

The exhibit will be on display Tuesday through Saturday until January 2, 2016, and admission is free.

RFT Music sent videographer Sadiyyah Rice to the Sheldon to catch a glimpse of this amazing collection of instruments. Watch the video below:

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