No. 112, August/September 2003

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Fine-Tuned Perfection 

Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey brings vision and imagination to his music. By Laurence Vittes.

If You Can Make It Here

The New York String Orchestra Seminar turns students into pros. By Carolyn S. Ellis.

A New Direction

ASTA president David Littrell on the future of string teaching, public funding, and alternative styles. By James Reel.

The Electric Company

Juilliard School plugs in to Deep Elvis and the high-tech world of string playing. By Daniel Felsenfeld.

Classical Immersion

The workshop/festival environment can offer a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience. By David Finckel and Wu Han.

Academic Overtures

Our annual guide to Northern American colleges, universities, and conservatories.

NEWS & NOTES

Favorite Son. Bloomington native, Joshua Bell receives the '03 Indiana Governor's Arts Award.
Raise the Rafters. London Symphony Orchestra and the new music center at St. Lukes. By Inge Kjemtrup.
Rising Star. New happenings with cellist Erik Friedlander.
Simply Divine. New movie, "Together," features violin solos. By David Templeton.
Sony Signs Vogler. Sony records signs cellist Jan Vogler.
Third Time's the Charm. Mark Wood wins an Emmy for CBS-TV's Tour de France music.
Arts and Croft. The LSO scores the new Laura Croft video game.
Catch Him if You Can. Cellist Zuill Bailey is starting his 2nd year as artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica chamber. By Greg Cahill.
CSO Celebrates Diversity. CSO celebrates African-American heritage with a week-long gala.
Class Notes. Violinist Jennifer Koh and her participation in Music Messenger. By Greg Cahill.
Home Sweet Home. The New York Phil prepares to return home to Carnegie Hall.
Oregon Trail. Establishment of the Pacific Assoc. of Violin Makers.
Desert Song. ASU School of Music and the AZ Cello Society host the 7th Cello Congress.
The Homecoming. Herber Axelrod receives honorary citizenship to Cremona; he donated "The Clisbee" Strad to the city. By Greg Cahill.
Twice as Nice. Interlochen Arts Academy announces Juilliard School faculty to be on teaching roster.
Cellobration. Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center marks its 25th anniversary.
New S.F. Conservatory Dean. Mary Ellen Poole is the new Dean at the S.F. Conservatory.
Shiny New Digs. Fisher Hall hosts the Bard Summerscape series with a focus on Leos Janacek.
And the Winner Is. . . . Johansen Intl. Competition announces winners.
Hello Hollywood. Bond is back in the spotlight with its appearance in the movie "Johnny Englis."
Passings. Luciano Berio, Pete Compo, Harry Ellis Dickson, Julius Levine pass.
Fare Thee Well. Wolfgan Sawallisch passes the baton to Christoph Eschenbach (Philadelphia Orchestra).
The Power of Music. The Alexander String Quartet begins the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar this year.

PRACTICAL MUSICIAN
Blind Justice. Most U.S. orchestras audition players behind screens. Is this the best way to beat bias? Blind vs. up-close-and-personal auditions. By Robert L. Doerschuk.

PLAY IT!

Jammin' with Joe. A timeless piece marking jazz fiddler Joe Venuti's 100th birthday. Joe Venuti profile with music to play. By Paul Anastasio.

MASTER CLASS

Do It with Dash! Dive in to a Jascha Heifetz transcription. How to play Mediterranean, a transcription for violin and piano transcribed by Jascha Heifetz; by Bax. By Sherry Kloss.

LETTER FROM

Heavenly Host. Les MusiCimes offers world-class chamber music in an alpine setting. Les MusiCimes festival in Corcheval, France. By Patricia Kaden.

IN PRINT
The Last Word? New urtext may stand as the definitive edition of Vivaldi's sonatas for cello and coninuo. Review of Vivaldi: The Complete Sonatas for Cello and Basso Continuo, edited by Hoffmann. By Jeffrey Solow.
A Life in Music. Book by Danield Barenboim. By James Keough.
Briefly Noted. Brief list of new and noteworthy sheet music.
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. By William Walton, edited by Christopher Wellington. By James Keough.
Schubert: The Complete String Trios. Edited by Werner Aderhold. By Jeffrey Solow.
The Book of Klezmer: The History, the Music, the Folklore. By Yale Strom. By James Keough

ON RECORD
Czechs and Balance. New Janacek Quartet box is restrained but full of pleasant surprises. Original Masters, Janacek Quartete. The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophone. By Daniel Felsenfeld.
Paris: La Bell Epoque: Works by Massenet, Faure, Saint-Saens, Franck. With Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott; plus Obrigado Brazil with Yo-Yo Ma, Stott, et. al. By Edith Eisler.
Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto; William Walton: Viola Concerto. Maxim Vengerov, violin and viola; London Symphony Orchestra, Rostropovitch, cond. By Edith Eisler.
Classic Sounds on DVD. EMI releases the Classic Archive DVD series.
Hayren: The Music of Mansurian and Komitas. Kim Kashkashian, fiola; Robyn Schulkowsky, percussion; Tigran Mansurian, piano and voice. By Greg Cahill.
Ricecar. Cristhoph Poppen, violin, conducting the Hilliard Ensemble and Muchener Kammerorcchester. By Greg Cahill.
Walton: Façade Suites I & II; Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Variations on a Theme by Hindemith. Paul Neubauer, viola; Andrew Litton conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra By Edith Eisler
Arvo Part: Orient & Occident. Tonu Kaljuste conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. By James Reel.
Beethoven: Quartets: Op. 14, No. 1; Op. 59, No. 3 New Music String Quartet By Robert Moon 
Bela Bartok: Two Sonatas for Violin and Piano. Robert Mann, violin; Leonid Hambro, piano. By Robert Moon.
Coming Down from the Red Lodge. Peter Ostroushko, fiddle. By Greg Cahill.
Corelli: Violin Sonatas, Op. 5. Andrew Manze, violin; Richard Egarr, harpsichord. By Edith Eisler.
Master of the Upper South Sound. Learning American Old-Time Fiddle Appalachian Style w/Alan Jabbour (VHS or DVD). By Stacy Phillips.

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

Isaac Stern Collection goes on the block. Record prices for violins old and new. Highlights of the spring and summer auction sales for Sotheby's, Christies, and Bonham's. By James Keough.

NEW PRODUCTS

The Crème de Cremona. A case for the violin that has everything Musafia's new instrument case, Jordan Electric Violin's new 6-string cello, Palatino PV-117 bridge. By James Keough.

ENCORE

Born to Rock. Eric Gorfain and the Section bring strings to contemporary pop and rock arrangements. Profile of the Section and the music they play. By Kevin McKeough.

STRINGS 101

Jumping Off a Clef. For a violinist, the transition to viola is more than an effort of the left hand. Switching from violin to viola--tips and advice for those looking to try. By James Reel.

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