Chicago player has French horn stolen in San Fran

Chicago player has French horn stolen in San Fran


norman lebrecht

July 18, 2016

Message from Melanie Erena, a member of Chicago’s Civic Orchestra:

melanie erena

‘San Francisco horn players: I am here vacationing with my family. Without thinking, I left my horn in the car while we went to dinner. We came back to the rental car to find the window smashed and the horn gone.

‘This happened today (Sunday) between 4:30 and 6:30pm right across from Pier 19. Please, please, PLEASE keep your eye out for it…Karl Hill Geyer in a Marcus Bonna case. Serial numbers:
Under 2nd valve: 309
Under 3rd valve (made in June 2002): 0602’

UPDATE: It has been found! San Francisco Police Department recovered the instrument only a few hours after the theft.


  • Bruce says:

    Please read to the end before posting your “how could any musician be so stupid” comments.

  • Da96103 says:

    Should have pasted a large piece of paper on the case that says: CONTAINS VIOLA

  • Ken Berv says:

    Bravo for the finding! Lesson-which I learned years ago, NEVER leave anything attractive or valuable visible inside your car.. But

  • Cyril Blair says:

    San Francisco is notorious for “smash and grabs” from parked cars. This could happen anywhere, but it’s even more likely to happen in SF.

    • jaxon says:

      Especially in the most touristy part of the city. If I were to tell someone where to park in order to have their car broken into, I’d say oh, somewhere near pier 19.