Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond’s pandemic-delayed sendoff

Posted on: October 18, 2021

“Frank Almond is many things. A violin virtuoso. A widower raising two teenage daughters,” writes Bill Glauber in Thursday’s (10/14) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription required). “For 25 years, Almond was concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra…. He was supposed to end his MSO tenure … at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season with a capstone performance of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto…. Sixteen months later, Almond finally gets his chance to take a well-deserved star turn when he performs Bruch’s classic with the orchestra Friday and Saturday.… There’s one thing Almond wants everyone to know. He’s not retired.…Almond’s Frankly Music chamber series is now in its 18th season. He’s also the MSO’s artistic adviser…. A lot of things went into his decision to give up the concertmaster position. He yearned to spend more time with his daughters, especially before they went off to college. The orchestra was also going through a natural transition with the hiring of new music director Ken-David Masur…. ‘It has been an honor and a privilege for over 25 years to be associated with the great musicians of the Milwaukee Symphony,’ he said. ‘And I hope that relationship continues for as long as it can.’ ”