NEW INFORMATION: Concertmaster returns to stage with Stradivarius

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster has returned to the stage to play the multi-million dollar violin recovered after it was stolen in a well-publicized heist.

Uniformed police officers were present when Frank Almond played to a packed house at a Brookfield performing arts center Monday night. Almond received a standing ovation of support before even playing a note.

It was Almond's first public performance since he was shocked with a stun gun and robbed of the 300-year-old Stradivarius Jan. 27 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.

Concertgoer Sue D'Alessio tells WISN-TV she didn't want to miss Almond's return and his gift of music.


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