Buffalo Philharmonic musician seeks return of missing contrabassoon

Posted on: April 4, 2016

“Martha Malkiewicz has no idea why anyone wanted to take her contrabassoon,” writes Stephen T. Watson in Saturday’s (4/2) Buffalo News (N.Y.). “Malkiewicz, who plays the contrabassoon for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, leaves the instrument at Kleinhans Music Hall when she’s not using it to practice or perform. The 25-pound instrument … went missing while the orchestra was on a weeklong break…. She is enlisting the public’s help in seeking the contrabassoon’s safe return…. Her contrabassoon … was made by Mollenhauer-Lindsay, a German maker of musical instruments, and has the serial number 723…. The orchestra was off for a week late last month, and Malkiewicz left the contrabassoon in its usual spot. During that time, other groups were using the concert hall, but the standard security measures were in place, she said…. At first, Malkiewicz said she hoped it had just been moved and misplaced somewhere in the concert hall, but the contrabassoon didn’t turn up…. Malkiewicz said the instrument is insured but she still hopes to get it back. She is offering a reward for its safe return and asks anyone with information to email her at martmalk2@mac.com or to call Lisa Gallo at the orchestra at 885-0331, Ext. 302.”

Posted April 4, 2016