No. 161, August/September 2008


Lawrence Power profile
British violist Lawrence Power might be just plain lucky, but then how to explain all that talent? By Inge Kjemtrup

Midori is reshaping collegiate string education
In her third year at the reins at the USC Thornton School of Music's string department, Midori is making an impact By James Reel

Mariachi music is taking a role in the classroom
Mexico's violin-driven folk music takes a starring role in American string-music education By Patrick Sullivan

Music School Directory
Strings' Annual Music School Directory By Rory Williams

News & Notes
News & Notes Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum to join USC faculty; the "Penny" Strad sells at auction; Cho Liang Lin chooses the lineup of La Jolla Summerfest 2008; plus Bench Marks

Play It!
Augusta Read Thomas' 'Chant' for viola and piano Learn how to play it from the composer herself By Cindi Kazarian

Master Class
Rediscovering the Offenbach Cello Duos These gems have a lot to teach By Paul Christopher

Teaching Strings
Introducing Kids to Chamber Music Chamber music teaches young students to listen beyond themselves By Laura Schiller

First Person
Mark O'Connor revisits fundamentals Back to the solo violin concert, and playing better than ever By Mark O'Connor

Letter From
Turtle Island on Tour in Germany Melding jazz with chamber music, and discovering kindred spirits By Mark Summer

Letter from Swedish Dance and Music Weekend Clyde Curley discovers it's a family affair By Clyde Curley

On Record
On Record The Orions deliver a luminous interpretation of Beethoven's challenging late quartets. Plus new discs from Ilya Gringolts, Vadim Gluzman, Lars Anders Tomter, Max Zorin, Patrick Wood, and others

In Print
In Print Richard Wilson's Diablerie is a demanding piece for solo violinists. Plus new cello exercises by R.V. Tabb and Martha Bishop; a Debussy Album for String Quartet; a Barenreiter edition of Telemann's Twelve Fantasias for Violin without Bass; and a history of classical music in America

Auction Highlights
Weakened economy takes the luster off of spring auction sales US sales indicate a changing market By Erin Shrader

Advertiser Index
Advertiser Index A list of advertisers from the Aug/Sep 2008 issue

New Products
New Products Eastman carbon-fiber/fiberflass cello case; NS Design CR4 bass cello; the Impressionist chin rest By Erin Shrader

Documentary highlights life of traveling musicians Meet the subjects of 'Freeway Philharmonic' By David Templeton

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