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MSU Professor teams with Emmy Award winner to create documentary called "The Violin Alone"

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A unique musical collaboration leads to the creation of a documentary. 

"The Violin Alone" was the mastermind of composer and MSU professor Eric Funk.

Funk came up with the idea to write a piece of music for a Hungarian violin virtuoso after hearing Vilmos Olah at a private concert in Bozeman. Because of his incredible ability, funk thought he could write a piece where Vilmos was both the soloist and orchestra in real time

Montana PBS placed its support behind the project and Emmy award-winning director Scott Sterling accompanied Funk on a trip to Budapest.

The finished project shows clips of Yellowstone and Budapest and really tells the story of a unique musical piece and a deep friendship.

 "Because he's the soloist and the orchestra, it takes every ounce of energy and focus emotionally, physically, spiritually and intellectually that he has and when he gets to the end that's the end that's all he's got, it wears him out it's like doing an Ironman," said Funk. 

 "The amount of talent and creative people here is impressive. To be able to tell a story like this in a town like this is incredible this is the kind of stuff you might get to do in L.A. or N.Y. more like Europe honestly, more that is quite as commercial. To have that kind of culture here is really impressive to me," said Emmy Award Winning Director Scott Sterling. 

You can catch the world premiere screening of The Violin Alone at the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman January 4th, at 7 P.M. and the event is free. There will be a question and answer period immediately following with Eric Funk and violinist Vilmos Olah. 

The broadcast premiere will air January 9th at 8 P.M. on PBS. KBZK will air more of our interview with Funk and Sterling in early January. 

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