No. 121, August/September 2004

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Burning Desire
Maya Beiser gets her ticket to ride By Daniel Felsenfeld

Making the Grade
Virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman applies the lessons he's learned onstage in his emerging role as an educator By James Reel

Silva Anniversary
Remembering Luigi Silva, a titan of cello pedagogy By Brooks Whitehouse

All Together Now
Finding kindred spirits at your community school of the arts By Patrick Sullivan

So You Want to Be in A String Quartet?
Colleges and conservatories are opening up to careers in chamber music By Carolyn S. Ellis

Class Notes
Our annual directory to colleges and conservatories

News & Notes
And the Winners Are . . . Winners of the 19th annual Irving M. Klein Intl. String Competition include David Kim, Yves Dharamraj, Joshua Roman, Clara Lyon, Tai Murray, and Clancy Newman. Makuko Kamio won first prize at the Monte Carlo Violin Masters Competition

Art & Science The VSA hosts the 16th biennial VSA International Competition and convention November 8–14 in Portland, Oregon. The event, the biggest of its kind I North America, draws makers from throughout the US and Canada

Artist of Conscience Pablo Casals' legacy lives on as cellist Selma Gokcen and narrator Jonathan C. Kramer (also a cellist) present "Paglo Casals: Artist of Conscience," a three-hour homage on Oct. 9 at NYC's 92nd Street Y By James Reel 

Osaka or Bust The Japan Chamber Music foundation is seeking chamber ensembles to take part in the 5th Triennial Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa to be held in May 2005 in Osaka

Reichenfeld Retires After 50 years of conducting the Reichenfeld String Symphonietta of Munhall, Pennsylvania, Dr. Eugene Reichenfeld has retired at the age of 93

Fulbright Scholar Violinist Will Knuth received a 2004 Fulbright Study Grant. The grant will allow him to conduct graduate studies in Vienna, where he'll explore the music of the Third Viennese School—compositions written during the second part of the 20th century

Strads Return to Cremona Eight cellos by Stradivari, made between the years 1684 and 1728, return to Cremona for an exhibit at the Museo Civico Ala Ponzone from October 2 through 15 (coinciding with the Mondomusica trade show). During the event, Rostropovich will perform By Patricia Kaden

Chasing a Dream The Rastrelli Cello Quartet, four Russians living in Germany, runs the gamut from polkas to jazz to classical. They are set for a US tour this fall By Greg Cahill

Musical Chairs The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center names David Finckel and Wu Han as artistic directors. The Honolulu Symphony appointed Joann Falletta as artistic advisor

Passings Violinist and conductor Iona Brown, director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in London and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, died of cancer in early June in her home in Salisbury, England. She was 63
 

Strings 101
Sound Advice Fourteen steps toward improved intonation. Fourteen points to help players improve intonation, including singing and audiating harmonic contexts By James Reel

Play It!
Are My Ears on Wrong? Charles Ives' string music presents technical and expressive challenges. Insurance executive by day, musical revolutionary by night. A look at Charles Ives' musical legacy By James Keough

Letter From
Lorenzo's Return A treasured Storioni visits its fabled birthplace. Artnold Steinhardt takes a trip to the birth place of his Storioni violin, Cremona, and celebrates the instrument's homecoming By Arnold Steinhardt

On Record
Celtic Dream Team Supergroup Lúnasa lives up to the hype. The Kinnitty Sessions. Lúnasa: Seán Smyth, fiddle, whistle; Keven Crawford, flutes, whistles, bodhran; Donogh Hennessy, guitar; Trevor Hutchinson, double bass; Cillian Vallely, uilleann pipes, whistles By Elisa M. Welch

Janine Jansen Janine Jansen, violin, with Barry Wordsworth conducting the Royal Phil. Orchestra. Tchaikovsky, Danse Russe from Swan Lake; Khachaturian, Nocturne from Masquerade Suite; Saint-Saëns, Havanaise, Op. 83 and Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 . By Laurence Vittes

Bartók: Violin Sonatas Christian Tetzlaff, violin, Leif Ove Andsnes, piano By Edith Eisler

Original Masters; Schubert: Trout quintet, D. 667, Mozart: String Quartet K. 387 Amadeus Quartet: Norbert Brinin and Siegmund Nissel, violins; Peter Schindof, viola; Martin Lovett, cello; Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, 1951–1927 (7-CD set)--Amadeus Quartet with Hephzibah Menuhin, piano, Edward Merrit Bass By Edith Eisler

Sejong Plays Ewazen International Sejong Soloists: Adele Anthony, solo violin; Linda Strommen, solo oboe; Hyo Kang, artistic director By Ben Finane

Livin' with the Blues Vassar Clements, violin; with Elvin Bishop, Bob Brozman, Roy Rogers, Marc Sliber & David Jacobs-Strain, guitars; Charile Musselwhite & Norton Buffalo, harmonicas; Dave Matthews, piano; Maria Muldaur, voice; Boby Chochran, voice & drums; Ruth Davies, bass By Greg Cahill

Che! A Musical Biography Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola, and Michael Long, nylon-string guitar By Greg Cahill

Hero Itzhak Perlman, violin; Kodo Drummers; China Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus; You Yan, soprano; Liu Lu, ancient lute. Music by Tan Dun By Edith Eisler

Nigun: A Celebration of Jewish Music Inbal Segev, cello, and Ron Regev, piano. Works by Bloch, Bruch, Ravel, Achron, Stutschewsky, Ben-Haim By Edith Eisler

Rock the Note A "tribute to tribute albums"— the review of the recent rush of string tribute CDs (including Hamtpon String Quartet and the Section) By Greg Cahill

Wolgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 (Unfinished) New revised edition by Franz Beyer. The Concentus Musicus Wien conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt; with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Erwin Ortner, chorus master By Greg Cahill

In Print
Going It Alone Collection of viola transcriptions is a welcome addition to the repertoire. The Solo Viola: Transcriptions from the Masters, Vol. 1, transcriptions by Manuel Díaz By Heather K. Scott

Three Pieces for Two Violoncellos by Anton Kraft By Sarah Freiberg

Six Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord Johann Sebastian Bach By Axel Strauss

Sleeping with Schubert Bonnie Marson By Heather K. Scott

Crystal Tide Forever, A Meditation on a few Spiritual Tunes for Solo Cello Paul Brantley By Sarah Freiberg

PVC Musical Instruments and How to Make Them John Kovac By James Keough

Briefly Noted Who Stole My Aunt Erica's Fabulous Stradivari, by Helga Dudman; Molly and the Sword, by Robert Shlasko; recent urtext editions from G. Henle Verlag By James Keough

Shop Visit
The Art of Violin Making A modern luthier crafts her own tradition. Anne Cole, a self-taught luthier, artistically crafts scrolls and paintings adorning the interiors, necks, and backs of her various instruments By Laura Schiller

New Products
One-Stop Instrument Shop Online service offers an easier way to find new instruments Instrumentshopper.com offers musicians a chance to buy instruments online while comparing prices, features, and shipping rates. Plus, Yamaha's VNP1 Bridge pickup system, D'Addario Zyex strings, EMMC gig bag, and Otto Musica Resonant shoulder rest By Heather K. Scott

Encore
Bright Lights, Big Country Lighthouse-keeper Paul Cranford takes woodshedding to a new level. Paul Conrad mans one of Canada's last few working lighthouses, staying on for 28 days at a time (then taking 28 days off). He uses his alone time to enjoy practicing and playing his violin--and also composes By Cliff McGann

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