Returned Stradivarius violin returns to stage

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- For the first time since his now famous instrument was stolen, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond plans to take the stage with the valuable Stradivarius violin.

Tickets for Monday night's performance at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts are selling fast.

WITI-TV reports Almond has been booked at the center for the last year. Executive director Jonathan Winkle says ticket sales spiked after the violin was recovered Thursday. He says 250 tickets to the classical chamber music performance sold in a day-and-a-half.

The center seats 620 people.

Winkle says he's expecting many first-time visitors who want to see the Stradivarius violin and hear it played.

The "Frankly Music" performance is at 7 p.m. Monday.

Two men have been charged in connection with the violin heist.

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Information from: WITI-TV, http://www.fox6now.com

AP-WF-02-09-14 2145GMT

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Milwaukee police have not recovered a valuable violin stolen last month, despite the arrests of three people in connection with the theft.

Police Chief Ed Flynn said Wednesday the search continues for the so-called Lipinski Stradivarius. The $5 million instrument was stolen from a Milwaukee virtuoso as he walked to his car following a Jan. 27 performance.

Prosecutors say they don't expect any decisions about charges to be made before Thursday.

Police say the robber appeared to be targeting the violin specifically. They say a thief used a stun gun on violinist Frank Almond, grabbed the violin and jumped into a waiting vehicle.


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