1101 North Market Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2014
Susan Loris, (414) 226-7838
Statements from Frank Almond, Mark Niehaus of the
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
MILWAUKEE (Feb. 6, 2014) – The following statement was issued today by Frank Almond, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster:
I’d like to express my deep gratitude to Chief Flynn, the Milwaukee Police Department, FBI, and all other law enforcement agencies for their outstanding work. Their professionalism and personal concern throughout this entire ordeal have been exemplary, and I cannot thank them enough.
I’d also like to thank everyone for the colossal outpouring of support and concern over the last ten days, especially the musicians, staff, and board of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. It was truly heartening during what was obviously a very difficult time. I could not have imagined a better outcome for this particular chapter in the violin’s life and look forward to having it in my hands as soon as possible.
Thank you all so much.
The following statement was issued today by Mark Niehaus, president and executive director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra:
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra family, including staff, musicians, patrons, and supporters are breathing a collective sigh of relief this morning after hearing the Lipinski Stradivarius has been safely recovered.
Again, we give the highest levels of praise to the investigative team, led by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) in recovering this priceless treasure.
We are so thankful to the Milwaukee community, as well as the national and international arts supporters that rallied in support of Frank Almond and the MSO to help solve this crime. It is a salient reminder to us all how fortunate we are to be home to a world-class symphony orchestra with tremendous musicians. Our hope is that the Lipinski Stradivarius will continue to be played here in Milwaukee and the community will turn out to experience the mystique of this rare and valuable musical experience.
ABOUT THE MSO
Ranked among the top orchestras in the country, the MSO is the largest cultural institution in Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1959, the orchestra has received critical acclaim for artistic excellence. The orchestra’s full-time professional musicians perform more than 135 concerts each season. A cornerstone organization in Milwaukee’s arts community, the MSO provides enrichment and education activities for audiences of every age, economic status, and background.