A Violin's Life featuring Frank Almond

  • Feb 3 , 2017
  • $29
  • Seniors $27 | Students/Youth $15


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Tartini “Devil’s Trill” Sonata
Amanda Maier-Röntgen- Sonata in b for Violin and Piano
Bach: Chaccone from d minor Partita
Strauss: Violin Sonata, op. 18

When Frank Almond first began playing on the Lipiński back in 2008, there was a fair amount of speculation regarding its provenance and history. To most aficionados the violin had “disappeared” for a couple of decades, which was a bit unusual for a 1715 Stradivari. It also became obvious that a modern, technically advanced recording had never been made of this violin; most everything seemed to be either on cassette or reel-to-reel from the ‘70s or earlier. As it happened, Almond was planning a recording right around then (Portraits and Elegies) and that CD became the de facto return of the violin to the modern audio landscape.

On January 27, 2014, the “ex-Lipinski” Stradivari was stolen from Mr. Almond in an armed robbery after a concert. The violin was recovered nine days later, and the story continues to make headlines around the world.

Violinist Frank Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He returned to the MSO after holding positions as Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, and Guest Concertmaster of the London Philharmonic under Kurt Masur. He continues an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances in the US and abroad, has been a member of the chamber group An die Musik in New York City since 1997, and also founded and directs the Frankly Music Chamber Series based in Milwaukee.

Since 2014 he has been presenting a series of concerts and master classes both in US and abroad commemorating the 300th birthday of the violin, featuring works from both A Violin’s Life and other music connected with the overall history of the instrument.

Tonight's performance features pianist Jeannie Yu

This performance features a pre-show talk. Please arrive 50 minutes early for the pre-show discussion.

Pre-show dinners are available for this performance. Click here to purchase!

Program subject to change. 

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  • A Violin's Life featuring Frank Almond
    Friday, February 3, 2017 - 8:00 PM Add to cal
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