San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
February 8, 2014

Milwaukee’s recent brazen Stradivarius violin heist—and subsequent recovery—has garnered a good deal of media attention, including a front-page story in Friday’s (Feb. 7) New York Times. That same evening, another storied Stradivarius with an equally crime-tinged history made an appearance at downtown San Diego’s Balboa Theatre played by Joshua Bell.

This was not the first time Bell has appeared in recital courtesy of the La Jolla Music Society; the popular violinist also performed with the San Diego Symphony last May in preparation for joining the Symphony on its China tour in November 2013, including a concert at Shanghai’s Oriental Art Center.