Thank you to the Cabbie who returned the violin to the man who plays her. The 280-year-old violin was accidentally left in the back of his cab recently. It’s worth 4 million dollars. Not your average violin, it’s a Stradivarius, the Rolls-Royce / Faberge / Tiffany / Picasso of violins. The violinist, Phillipe Quint, does not own the violin, it is lent to him by the owners philanthropists Clement and Karen Arrison. Quint played a thank you concert at Newark Airport last night for the cabbies, gave the cabbie who returned the violin to him tickets for his concert at Carnegie Hall, and $100.
One of the most moving experiences I’ve had in this life was a wonderful Italian gentleman playing his Stradivarius at our church in the fellowship hall. Certainly not Carnegie Hall, but what love! The presence of angels, the heavenly music moving through us.
I’m glad that the cabbie returned the violin so that as many people as possible can hear it played, so that the violinist can continue bringing this music to people. And, most importantly, it’s great to hear about people living ethically.
Just a note, the cabbie is a US citizen from Egypt. Let’s keep the faith, people!