When a thief stole a homeless man’s violin in Canada, a symphony of sympathy led to an orchestra replacing the beloved instrument.
Mark Landry woke up Tuesday morning to realize his violin was missing. The homeless man used it to play for tips outside the Montreal Metro, but without it, he was forced to sit silently, holding a sign in French announcing the theft and asking for donations to replace it.
“We said, ‘Oh my God, this poor man lost his only way of communicating his passion to others,’” orchestra CEO Jean Dupré told the Washington Post.
He put in a call to local violin shop Maison du Violon. The story tugged the heartstrings of the store owners and they sold Dupré a new violin and bow at cost, without making any profit.
This is the violin the l'orchestre de Montreal will give to Marc, a street musician whose instrument was stolen pic.twitter.com/K5eRP3XPkO— Alison Northcott (@AlisonNorthcott) April 12, 2016
(WATCH the CBC News video below, SEE his performance at the bottom) — Photo: CBC News video
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