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February 12, 2014IM -
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Frank Almond, returned to the stage this past Monday with the 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius in hand. Both Frank and the Stradivarius violin received a standing ovation before the performance even began.
Frank Almond played the recently recovered Lipinski Stradivarius violin for a packed house at the Wilson Center for Arts in Brookfield.
The violin, which is valued at nearly $5 million, was stolen back in January and was finally recovered last week. This was the first performance since the violin had been recovered. Both Frank and the Stradivarius violin received a standing ovation before the performance even began.
You can read the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel’s story about the 300-year-old Stradivarius here.