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Concertmaster relieved Stradivarius OK after theft

February 12, 2014 • Entertainment


In this photo taken on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond, playing the Lipinski Stradivarius violin in public for the first time since it was taken from him in an armed robbery, performs with pianist William Wolfram at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, Wis. It was Almond’s first public performance since he was shocked with a stun gun and robbed of the 300-year-old, multi-million dollar violin on Jan. 2, following a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Two Milwaukee men are charged with party to robbery after the violin was found in the attic of a house in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mark Hoffman)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Violin virtuoso Frank Almond had spent years learning the nuances of the 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that its owner had loaned to him. So when the $5 million instrument was stolen last month and recovered nine days later, he was worried it might have sustained serious damage in the process.

Fortunately it turned out to be fine, he said Tuesday.

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