28. January 2014 · Comments Off on “Lipinski” Stradivarius Robbery · Categories: Stolen Instrument

Milwaukee and Wauwatosa police are investigating what could be the most valuable heist in Milwaukee’s history — the armed robbery of a violin that is nearly three centuries old.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says just before 10:30 p.m. on Monday, January 27th, two armed suspects, a man and a woman, approached concertmaster violinist Frank Almond of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra who had just performed at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Bluemound Rd.
Flynn says as Almond walked outside in a parking lot after the concert, the suspects approached Almond. They used a taser on Almond, causing him to drop the violin and fall to the ground. The suspects then stole the 1715 Stradivarius violin, also known as a “Lipinski” Stradivarius, valued at approximately $6 million.
The suspects then fled in a waiting minivan. It’s described as a late 1980s or early ’90s maroon Chrysler or Dodge minivan.
Chief Flynn says this was targeted crime. He says the violin is valuable, but only to a very small population. “This is not something that can be easily sold for even a fraction of its monetary value,” said Flynn. “This is art theft.”

Go here to read more and see a video.

28. January 2014 · Comments Off on But not the FULL score, mind you! · Categories: Read Online, See

Perry stunned audiences with her impressive four costume changes at the Grammy Awards 2014, but classical fans were pleased to note her rather more unusual gown featuring the score from Verdi’s La Traviata.

See it here.

28. January 2014 · Comments Off on Ursula Holliger 1937-2014 · Categories: Losses

I just learned that Ursula Holliger, harpist and wife of Heinz Holliger, died on January 21.

Article here

28. January 2014 · Comments Off on Pete Seeger 1919-2014 · Categories: Losses

Pete Seeger died yesterday. He lived a very long life, to be sure, but it’s still sad to read this news.

New York Times article

Just a few videos …

… and from 2012

If you want to see the making of Forever Young watch this:

28. January 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

All this coughing is doing wonders for my abdominal muscles. My oboe playing should be better than ever. Shame I can’t breathe.