No. 116, February 2004

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Live and Learn
The Eroica Trio talks about Beethoven, life, death, love, and being taken seriously By David Templeton

What the Eroica Trio Plays By David Templeton

American Bandstand
The Youth Orchestra of the Americas is a powerful symbol of unity By James Reel

A Leap of Faith
San Domenico School offers a world-class virtuoso program that goes beyond the musical life, thanks to its founder, Faith France By Robert Moon

Diamonds In The Rough
Looking to polish up your cello repertoire? Take a shine to these neglected gems dug out by Jeffrey Solow By Jeffrey Solow

News & Notes 

100th Birthday The Minnesota Orchestra celebrates its centennial 

Change-up Pitch The St. Lawrence String Quartet finds a new cellist, Chris Costanza, who replaces Albero Parrini By David Templeton

Musical Chairs Neeme Järvi is named as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra' next musical director. San Francisco State University announces Jassen Todorov as a new faculty member for the School of Music and Dance. The Zehetmair Quartet canceled its North American tour

Polar Express 

Southern Style A new $10 million building opens at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Opening program includes the Mendelssohn String Quartet

Golden Touch Jan Spidlen and Raymon Schryer picked up gold medals for outstanding violin and cello, respectively, at the Triennial "Antonio Stradivari" Competition held in Cremona in October

O Canada! Peter Oundijian, musical director designate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, is inviting young Canadian composers living in Ontario to submit work for concert performances

Rising Stars The Grand Teton Music Festival Medalist Series showcases Barnabas Keleman, the Gold Medal winner at last year's Indianapolis Intl. Violin Comp., as well as the Daedalus String Quartet, Gold Medal winners at the 2001 Banff Intl. String Quartet Comp

Other Minds Turns Ten The Other Minds Festival in San Francisco features Kim Kashkashian, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Alex Blake

Passing David Tonkonogui, Seattle Symphony cellist, passed in November at the age of 45 from a long fight with cancer

Strings 101
Just Duet Violin and viola duets can add a new dimension to your playing. A brief introduction to duets for violin and viola, including where to start and what styles of duets are available for players to explore By James Reel

Play It!
Restoring a Classic "Lebe wohl!" Lauterbach. "Buon giorno!" Boccherini Boccherini's extensive works inspire the author. A look at the composer's life and lack of published scores By Keith Pascoe

Master Class
Blue Notes How to make your violin sing the blues. An easy primer for musicians interested in playing blues violin. Includes a brief intro with history plus blues scale, sliding, and so on. With musical examples By Suzy Rothfield Thompson

First Person
Mystery Man A chance encounter leaves his stand partner wondering, "Who was that masked cellist?" A humorous and fun look at playing in a symphony orchestra and sharing a desk with a noted player By Mark Levine

In Print
Briefly Noted The Foundations of Diatonic Theory, by Timothy Johnson; The Benedictine Gift to Music, by Katharine le Mée, new editions by G. Henle Verlag, and new folk books from Warner Brothers

California Dreaming New editions collect contemporary string music by Eric Sawyer. Contemporary composer Eric Sawyer celebrates a recent concert of new work, as well as editions available through Lydian Press By Sarah Freiberg

Monsieur de Saint-George: Rediscovering the Life of the Black Mozart Review of the book by Alain Guédé By Heather K. Scott

The Music Lover's Quotation Book Review of the book by David W. Barber By Heather K. Scott

On Record
Shining Star The under-appreciated artistry of David Diamond is featured on a new quartet series. Review of the new disc, featuring the Potomac String Quartet (George Marsh and Sally McLain, violins; Tsuna Sakamot, viola; Steven Honigberg, cello) By Daniel Felsenfeld

The 1950s Mozart Recrodings Review of the CD featuring the Amadeus Quartet (Norbert Brainin and Siegmund Nissel, violins; Peter Schidlof, viola; Martin Levett, cello; with violist Cecil Arnowitz on the four quintets By Edith Eisler

Franz Schubert, String Quintet in C, OP. 163, String Quartet in D Major, No. 7, etc. With the Prazák Quartet (Vaclav Remes and Vlastimil Holek, violins; Josef Kluson, viola; Michal Kanka, cello; with Marc Coppey, cello [on the quintet]). Also included, Ludwig Van Beethoven, String Quartets, Op. 18 (vol.1). String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, By Greg Cahill

Previn: Violin Concerto; Bernstein: Serenade Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin. Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by André Previn By Edith Eisler

Red Priest's Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Review of the CD by Red Priest (Piers Adams, records; Julia Bishop, violin; Angela East, cello; Howard Beach, harpsichord, violin) By Elisa M. Welch

The Fauré Album Gil Shaham, violin; Akira Eguchi, piano; Brinton Smith, cello By James Reel

Angel Eyes Ladies Only Café Strings: Katarina Andreasson, Charlotte Wargert, Christina Olofsdotter Hallberg, violins; Löwengren, Kat Pelly, violas; Kersti Manell, cello; and Helen Nordquist, double bass By Greg Cahill

Henryk Wieniawski Piotr Janowski, violin; Wolfgang Plagge, piano By James Reel

Téada Olsin Mac Diarmada, fiddle; John Blake, guitar, flute; Seán McElwain, banjo, Bouzouki; Tristan Roenstock, Bodhrán

Auction Highlights
Center Stage Star Strad lights up the fall auction season Strads sold at Sotheby's and Bonhams to high bids ("Ex-Nanchez and the "Petri," respectively, took £767,200 and approx. £600,000) By Heather K. Scott

New Products
Goal Setting Two new music programs offer multiple learning strategies for beginners and advanced musicians. Reviews of new products, including MusicGoals By Eye & Ear and MusicGoals Rhythm, as well as Thomastik-Infeld's Dominant Rosin, the E-Fusion 600E Spitfire electric bass, Super-Sensitive's new Sensicore Peron strings, and Corelli Alliance Vivace strings By Heather K. Scott

Encore
Three's Company Australian violinist Warren Ellis handles the Dirty work Profile of the Dirty Three, and instrumental trio featuring guitarist Mick Turner, drummer Jim White, and violinist Warren Ellis By Kevin McKeough

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