Homeless Musician’s 17-Year-Old Violin Stolen in the Night-One Inspired Organization Changes the Man’s Life

A homeless man only had one treasure left. He was heartbroken to hear it was stolen. The local musical community came together and changed his outlook on life.

Mark plays his favorite stringed instrument

Mark plays his favorite stringed instrument

Marky Landry had fallen on some bad luck recently. After living on the streets of Montreal, Canada,  he didn’t have very many material possessions. He traveled light. The only element of his life that mattered now was his passion for the violin. Mark was never seen without it.

The man was devastated after waking one morning only to discover his violin had been taken in the night. He was a musical genius on the instrument and had been playing since he was 17-years-old. The stringed instrument was also his way of making money. Mark regularly played for tips on the side of the street. Both his passion and livelihood disappeared all at once.

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After his beloved violin was stolen, Mark asks for donations to replace the stringed instrument

After his beloved violin was stolen, Mark asks for donations to replace the stringed instrument

Mark was determined to get another violin. The man created a cardboard sign in his native French language explaining the theft. He didn’t ask for food, shelter, or clothing. Mark only desired donations towards the replacement of his beloved instrument.

His story soon went viral. Mark’s unique situation reached the ears of the staff at Montreal’s Orchestra Metropolitan. “Dedicated to bringing classical music from here and abroad to the entire community of Metropolitan Montréal,” the organization’s CEO, Jean Dupre, understood the man’s passion for music. He was going to be the one to give it back.

The violin that would eventually reach its way to Mark, the homeless man who deserved it

The violin that would eventually reach its way to Mark, the homeless man who deserved it

Dupre contacted the local violin shop, Maison du Violon. The store owner was moved by Mark’s story as well. He sold Dupre a high-quality violin and bow at cost, refusing to make money off the homeless man’s tragedy. Dupre and the store owner would go together to had deliver the amazing gift to the musician.

Dupre presented the gif to the man, overcome with excitement, he immediately picked up the instrument

Dupre presented the gif to the man, overcome with excitement, he immediately picked up the instrument

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“Immediately when I gave him the violin, he opened the case and said, ‘God listened to me,’” Dupré said. “He just grabbed the instrument right at that exact moment and began playing.”

The crowd stood speechless listening to the musicians’ performance.

Speaking briefly with Mark afterterwards, Dupre was inspired by what he heard.

“God’s gonna give me a new one,” Landry said. The man could never “go through a lower level of poverty, which is to live without my violin. “I talked to God this morning and said I cannot live without it…” Landry told him.

Watch the inspirational video below after the musician gets back the passion that was stolen from him.

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Source: Washington Post

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