The Tale of the “Lipinski” Stradivarius Violin
Fine Arts Chamber Players invites you to a FREE Bancroft Family Concert on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Current Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and former Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond performs on his famous 300-year-old Stradivarius violin with pianist Candace Bawcombe. Horchow Auditorium doors open at 2:30pm for the 3:00pm concert. The museum is located in the Arts District at 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. Admission to the concert is free with no reservations or tickets required. A large audience is anticipated and will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. This concert will also be broadcast simultaneously in the museum’s C3 Theater for late-arrivers and overflow. For more information, please call 214.520.2219 or visit www.fineartschamberplayers.org.
The story of the recently stolen and recovered “Lipinski” Stadivarius violin topped world news on NPR, BBC, CNN and Vanity Fair. On January 27, 2014, Mr. Almond had finished a “Frankly Music” night performance at a Wisconsin college campus when he was attacked while walking to his vehicle. Thieves sped away with the violin, only for it to be recovered one week later with the help of the Milwaukee Police Department and FBI. In a music program reflecting the history of the legendary violin, Almond and Bawcome perform the “Chaconne” from J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor in addition to sonatas by Julius Röntgen and Maurice Ravel.
Bancroft Family Concerts are made possible in part by the Sue & Christopher Bancroft Family, Dallas Museum of Art, Union Pacific Foundation, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, Dallas Arts District Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Sloan Bergmann Print Services. For over 35 years, FACP has presented free classical music programs for the enrichment of North Texas area residents. In addition to the free Bancroft Family Concerts, FACP presents the free Basically Beethoven Festival in July. Each year, FACP’s educational outreach programs: Dream Collectors, Music A to Z, residencies and masterclasses, provide over 500 free educational classes and performances in area public schools. Since its inception in 1981, FACP has served over 210,000 children and performed for over a half-million residents of North Texas.