On his Facebook page, Joe Joyner, a violist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and owner of the The Little Rock Violin Shop relayed the following story.
On April 30th I heard a news story that Japan’s Emperor Akihito was stepping down and that his son, Naruhito, would be taking his place. 24 hours later I received a call from the U.S. State Department seeking an American made viola to give as a diplomatic gift. Shortly after this call, I began seeing news stories about Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito being a violist.
Nearly a month later, I can now say that last week I sold the Emperor’s new viola, an instrument made in 1938 by Ivan W. Allison of Charleston, West Virginia. The instrument was presented to Emperor Naruhito by President Donald Trump today.
God I love my job.
The Little Rock Violin Shop is a treasure in Little Rock. Not only do they make stringed instruments and bows, but they also repair them. They are an important example of the role the arts play in the economy and in enhancing Little Rock’s quality of life.
Thank you to Joe Joyner for having the vision to create the Little Rock Violin Shop!
The irony is Donald Trump wouldn’t know a viola or violin from a cello or double bass. At least he didn’t take credit for making the instrument himself.