lipinski strad

The original idea for today was to officially launch the Orchestra 990 Database Project Kickstarter campaign but thanks to the astoundingly slow process at Amazon Payments, the launch cycle has been pushed back a bit. We’re looking at Monday, 2/9/14 as the new launch date. Fortunately, the Lipinski Strad ordeal ended the week on a high note with police arresting three suspects and recovering the violin. At the time this article …

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Lipinski Strad One Step Closer To Recovery Recovered


UPDATE: 12:00 noon CT: police news conference live telecast (FYI, a bit frustrating to watch with commercials and no firm broadcast time). UPDATE 7:50am CT: the instrument has been reported as recovered and in good condition. A major break in the Lipinski Stradivarius theft transpired yesterday afternoon with the arrest of three suspects ranging in age from 32 to 46. According to the 2/5/2014 edition of JSOnline.com in an article by Ashley …

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Just A Taste

Coming Soon

The Orchestra 990 Database Project is in the final stages of preparation; the Kickstarter account is set up, Amazon Payments is (finally) confirmed, and a crack team of review ninjas are previewing the project and leaving feedback for final tweaks. And since Kickstarter recommends projects with quality videos stand the best chance for success, we decided to go nuts with Adobe After Effects. Here’s a tiny teaser:   That’s Great, But …

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Stolen Strad Owner Speaks


On 2/3/2014, Frank Almond posted a note on his blog, non divisi, thanking everyone for their support along with publishing a genuinely heartfelt letter from the stolen instrument’s owner. In case you missed the big news, armed robbers attacked Almond and sole the Lipinski Stradavarius violin he was using on indefinite loan from the owner. There’s a good article by Allan Kozin in the 1/30/14 New York times but to get …

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In Chicago, The Hunt Is On!


There were two excellent articles in the Chicago Tribune over the weekend dedicated to the ongoing executive search process to replace Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) president Deborah Rutter. First up is an article published on 1/31/2014 by Tribune music critic John von Rhein which provides a meticulous review of the CSO’s history in order to better understand where it is today. And be careful not to miss the bits about the …

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