No. 188, December 2010

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Living in the Moment
On her latest CD, double bassist Esperanza Spalding explores new ways to bridge the jazz and classical worlds By Greg Cahill

Laying Down the Law
The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic is bending all the rules By Kim Kowsky

Wish List: Strings Stars Divulge Their Holiday Gift Lists
From fine Italian instruments to a simple rosin cake, today's players have eclectic tastes By Rory Williams

The Year in Gear: 10 Top Picks from 2010
'Strings' editors dig into the archive to find something for everyone this holiday season By Erin Shrader

News & Notes
News and Notes Joan Jeanrenaud releases hip-hop CD on her Deconet Records label, Yo-Yo Ma teams up with Carlos Santana, ELO cellist Mike Edwards killed by hay bale, violist seeks donations for Chile quake victims, plus News Briefs and 5 minutes with Jordi Savall By Rory Williams

News Spotlight
Clara-Jumi Kang Wins 2010 Indianapolis Violin Competition Contestants' intensity and musicality thrills the audience—and the judges By Heather Kurzbauer

Cecilias Rule, but Banff Outcome Is Unsettling for Some Canadians take the top two spots. For some, the judges' decisions leave unanswered questions By Kenneth DeLong

Center Stage
Toronto Violinist Owen Pallett Shoots to Top of Indie Scene From avant-garde orchestral music to experimental rock, Pallett is helping to shape the sound of modern pop By Svetlana Shkolnikova

Strings 101
5 Ways to Improve the Results of Your Practice Sessions Lots of string players talk about practicing more often, but few know how to make it productive By Robert Howard

Play It!
A Holiday Sampler with Something for Everyone This string-orchestra arrangement, based on 'The Nutcracker Suite,' blends classical and country music By Renata Bratt

Master Class
Searching for the Heart of Chopin's Cello Sonata, Op. 65 The great composer showered his melodic gifts upon the last composition to which he assigned an opus number By Robert Battey

Teaching Strings
3 Reasons to Teach Your Students Folk Music Just a few traditional tunes can introduce a beginner to a wealth of culture and technique By James Reel

Practical Musician
How to Get a Financial Grant to Float Your String Project Grant-writing consultants share tips on finding a financial backer By Louise Lee

On My Music Stand
Piano Can Be a Great Source of Inspiration for Fiddlers Tapping into Texas boogie by way of New Orleans R&B legend Dr. John By Randy Sabien

Strings Trade
Strings Trade South African luthier constructs a tribute to peace; Stradivari Society makes new loans; 'Antonio Stradivari' four-volume set makes debut at Mondomusica; plus Bench Marks By Erin Shrader

Shop Visit
Translating the Electric Violin World for the Acoustic Musician With its focus on customer service, the Electric Violin Shop just keeps learning By Erin Shrader

Your Instrument
Learn to Set Up Your Viola for Maximum Ease of Use Many aspects of the viola can be optimized to make playing less work and more fun By Marilyn Wallin

In Print
In Print A Messager salon piece with distinctive French flavor; Bottesini's playful Baroque pieces for solo bass; Ernst Krenek's Sonata for Viola and Sonata for Viola & Piano; Christian Lauba's Kwintus for solo violin; and Schubert's The Erlking for cello quintet

On Record
On Record Viktoria Mullova excels on her interpretation of Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' and Violin Sonata No. 3; Robert McDuffie plays Philip Glass' Violin Concerto No. 2 (The American Four Seasons); Philippe Quint takes on Paganini's "La campanella" and "Le streghe"; and Franz Mittler's music takes voice on world-premiere recording

Miscellany
A Fabulous Fiddle Philippe Quint is loaned the 1708 "Ruby" Stradivari by the Stradivari Society

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