Frank Almond plays the Lipinski Stradivarius for a sold-out crowd

CREATED Feb 10, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 10, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - From a Bay View attic to a Brookfield auditorium, Frank Almond and his famous Stradivarius violin are back in public - playing together.

It was supposed to be just another typical concert night for Almond but that all changed when the violin was stolen two weeks ago. What a night it was.

A performer usually hopes for a standing ovation at the end of the show. Frank Almond got one at the beginning.

The soft spoken concertmaster thanked everyone of their support

“It’s great to see all of you here and it’s really, really touching, actually,” said Almond.

And moving for an audience that packed the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center in Brookfield  to watch and listen.  It was a sellout crowd.

Le Albers loved the concert, “Oh, absolutely! It was great.”    

“It’s a happy ending to a story, “said Mike Klinker. “We are just happy the good guys won and we got to hear a great performance tonight.”

 What happened to Frank and his violin has prompted some security changes but one thing hasn’t changed, the show will go on for the priceless violin.

“The value in the Stradivarius is in its sound,” said Susan Loris, Vice President of Communications at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. “So we don’t want to lock up it, because we feel we need to share the sound of the violin.”

A sound that has been around for nearly 300 years and counting. Almond got another standing ovation after the concert. The 600 people in the crown included the anonymous owner of the Stradivarius

More concerts are planned with Frank and his Violin including this weekend with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  

MSO has invited the Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, his detectives and the FBI to Saturday night’s concert to say thanks.