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Brookfield could host next Stradivarius violin performance

Feb. 7, 2014

Milwaukee Police announced yesterday that they have recovered the "Lipinski" Stradivarius violin, which was taken in an armed robbery from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond on Jan. 27.

Almond is scheduled to perform at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts on Monday, in a concert that was planned to focus on the history of the recovered violin. The center has confirmed that the show will go on, but has not announced whether Almond will be playing the Stradivarius.

Milwaukee Police said they will be returning the violin today to its anonymous owner, who had loaned the centuries-old instrument to Almond.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra President Mark Niehaus said Almond is performing in Florida this weekend and has not determined whether he will continue playing the Stradivarius when he returns. He said for now Almond was just relieved to see photos showing a seemingly unharmed violin.

"He's thrilled that the violin is back," Niehaus said. "Pictures can say 1,000 words. It looks the way it's supposed to look."

Police have three suspects in custody for involvement in shocking Almond with a stun gun and taking the violin, which was found in an attic in Milwaukee. Charges are expected to be announced tomorrow.

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