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Frank Almond: A Violin's Life 

When: Fri., Feb. 3, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $15-$29
If you want a hint of what immortality is like, listen to a Stradivarius played by a gifted violinist. These instruments are famed for their intonation and voice, and because of that they're passed down through the ages from performer to performer. Frank Almond is the current holder of the Lipiński Stradivarius, a violin built in 1715 and now worth millions of dollars. He and his Stradivari were introduced in 2008 and have been inseparable ever since, other than a ten-day period in 2014 when an ill-informed crook stole the instrument at gunpoint (there is no resale market for a Stradivari, except to another concert violinist). Almond's dedication to the long history of his instrument and its former players is the subject of his performance, A Violin's Life. He discusses its storied history, including stints with Giuseppe Tartini, Karol Lipiński, the Röntgen family, Evi Liivak and Eduard Toubin, and performs selections composed by and made famous by these fellow musicians. A Violin's Life is presented at 8 p.m. tonight at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; Tickets are $15 to $29.
— Paul Friswold
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