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Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the “Lipinski” Stradivarius violin following the robbery on 1/27/2014 should call Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360 or the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at 414-226-7838. A reward offer is pending and information will be made available once confirmed.

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Santa Tracker

Wishing everyone a happy holiday (whichever one), and a special personal thanks to everyone who’s responded to the MSO’s recent campaign to save the orchestra. The response has been tremendous, about $1.5 million in a few weeks, so hopefully that sends a somewhat different message than usual. If you’re tired of all that, click on […]

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Orchestra Obscura

In 2001 the artist David Hockney startled the art world by theorizing that advances in realism and accuracy in paintings of many Old Masters such as Ingres, Jan van Eyck, Caravaggio, and Vermeer were not just the result of the artists’ technique and creativity, but also involved the common use of optical devices such as camera […]

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Maestrogen

Every few months or so there seems to be yet another article discussing various perspectives regarding women on the podium. I noticed a distinct uptick after the finale of the Proms, at which the eminent Marin Alsop appeared (finally). From the ridiculous to the well-reasoned, female conductors are a hot topic these days. (more…)

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Calling the questions.

I’ll go ahead and say it- I almost feel bad for Michael Henson and Jon Campbell (CEO and Board Chair of the Minnesota Orchestral Association, respectively). Yes, they’ve presided over one of the biggest cultural disasters in recent memory, ripped off their own musicians and ignored the patrons (and of course any and all blogs), […]

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Self Promotion Dept. (again) and thanks to SiriusXM

Most of you know I released a CD last April on AVIE called A Violin’s Life after completing a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. The idea was to partially chronicle the amazing history of the violin I’m so fortunate to be playing by recording works of composers closely associated with it, along with a fairly comprehensive website.  (more…)

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