The Return of the Violin documentary poster. Courtesy/LACA
The Return of the Violin, a documentary about the legendary Stradivarius currently owned by violin super-star Joshua Bell, will be screened as part of the Los Alamos Concert Association’s season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.
Polish prodigy Bronisław Huberman at age 11. Courtesy/LACA
Now known as the Gibson x Huberman Stradivarius, the instrument was given in 1893 to 11-year-old Polish prodigy Bronisław Huberman by its owner Count Zamoyski who was astonished by the young boy’s talent.
Huberman went on to a distinguished international career. During a 1936 performance in Carnegie Hall, the Stradivarius was stolen from his dressing room. He died in 1947 never having seen his violin again. In 1986, the instrument resurfaced after a man in a Connecticut prison made a deathbed confession.
Israeli filmmaker Haim Hecht called his documentary The Return of the Violin for reasons that go far beyond that story of theft and recovery. He reveals a series of events much more complex and profound. The key players in the story are Huberman, Johannes Brahms, the Israel Philharmonic, a wealthy New York businessman who survived the Holocaust in Huberman’s home town of Częstochowa and, of course, Joshua Bell.
Running time for the documentary is 60 minutes. The Los Alamos Concert Association suggests that material in the documentary may not be appropriate for young children.
Documentary tickets at $10 are available at CB FOX, Smith’s Marketplace, Smith’s in White Rock, at the Lensic box office, electronically through LACA’s website and at the door. Complete venue and season information are available at www.losalamosconcert.org.