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Stolen Stradivarius Violin Returns to Stage

Created: 02/09/2014 9:51 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

For the first time since his now famous instrument was stolen, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond plans to take the stage with the valuable Stradivarius violin.
    
Tickets for Monday night's performance at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts are selling fast.
    
WITI-TV reports Almond has been booked at the center for the last year. Executive director Jonathan Winkle says ticket sales spiked after the violin was recovered Thursday. He says 250 tickets to the classical chamber music performance sold in a day-and-a-half.
    
The center seats 620 people.
    
Winkle says he's expecting many first-time visitors who want to see the Stradivarius violin and hear it played.
    
The "Frankly Music" performance is at 7 p.m. Monday.
    
Two men have been charged in connection with the violin heist.
   
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In this undated photo provided by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is the 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen from MSO concertmaster Frank Almond.
Photo: AP/Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

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