The Bowmakers

IPO presents the Midwest premiere of The Bowmakers, a film by Ward Serrill, in an online screening from November 26– December 6.


Get your tickets to watch The Bowmakers from the comfort of your home!
Pre-Sale Tickets 

Ticket price beginning  November 26th

While purchasing your ticket, you are also able to make an added donation to IPO to assist the Orchestra during these extraordinarily challenging times.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will only be able to watch the film from the same device (computer, laptop, tablet, or phone) and on the same browser you use to make your purchase. If any technical difficulties arise, email Amy at

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The story of the most important instrument you have never heard of.

THE BOWMAKERS is a new, feature-length documentary that explores the world of the bow and the extraordinary masters who make them. The bow is the Cinderella of the orchestra—the overworked and overshadowed ally to its more glamorous partners. Few people, even among lovers of classical music, think of the bow as an instrument in its own right, but players of stringed instruments see them differently. To musicians, the bow is as essential to expressing the soul of the music as the violin or cello.

The film follows the journey of the “silent servant” of the music world—from the workshops of the virtuosos of the trade, to the birthplace of the bow in France, and to Brazil, home to the imperiled tree from which the world’s finest bows are made.

THE BOWMAKERS is an artful exploration of one of the most esoteric corners of the music world—as unknown to the public as it is essential to professional musicians.

View the Trailer

Special Bonus!

IPO will also do a free Q&A featuring Director Ward Serrill, Bowmaker Ole Kanestrom, and Violinist Will Fedkenheuer of Miro Quartet.
Joined by Jacob Hanegan, IPO Principal Cellist.
Hosted by Christina Salerno, Executive Director of IPO.

Click Here to Register for the FREE Q & A (First 100 participants only)