No. 156, February 2008

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Unafraid of the Dark
Russian-born Alina Ibragimova is lighting up the violin world By Inge Kjemtrup

Big Wheel
Fiddler Jason Roberts doesn't just play western swing, he channels Bob Wills, the king of western swing By James Reel

Pure Tchaikovsky
Top players ponder the pros and cons of the cello masterwork Variations on a Rococo Theme By Laurence Vittes

Know Your Stick
Finding the best bow for the job By Heather K. Scott

News & Notes
Her Time is Now Julia Fischer wins Classic FM Gramophone 2007 Artist of the Year
Herb Alpert Foundation gives UCLA Arts a hefty endowment pledge; the Berlin Philharmonic confronts its wartime past; the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra finds a buyer for the Golden Age Collection, and much more!

Practical Musician
The Day the Music Dies Focal dystonia is mysterious, incurable, and more common than you might think By Patrick Sullivan

Strings 101
Stay the Course Learn to steady that bouncing bow By Paul Stein

Play It!
Time Honored A close look at Wayne Perry's "Old Joe Clark" reveals the secrets of old-time fiddling By Suzy Thompson

Master Class
Russian Literature Khandoshkin's violin works get players ready for the greats By James Reel

On Record
Ghost Stories The Smith Quartet brings the skeletons out of the closet
Piano Trios by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and others; Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8; Concerto in G minor, Op. 12, No. 1; Charles Koechlin: String Quartets 1, Op. 51, and 2, Op. 57; Shostakovich: Complete Works for Piano Trio; Silvestrov: Postlude DSCH, and more!

In Print
Orchestra Expressions Warner Bros. teacher curriculum packages are a treasure chest for orchestra instructors
Reaching Out: A Musician's Guide to Interactive Performance; Largo from the New World Symphony; The Spanish Bow; The New Grove Guide to Mozart and His Operas; and Teacher Curriculum Packages

On Stage
Better by the Dozen 12 cellists brighten the stage at Zankel Hall
Joshua Bell debuts Jay Greenberg's work By Edith Eisler

Shop Visit
The American Dream Musician David Bromberg has amassed an amazing selection of domestic fiddles By Erin Shrader

Your Instrument
Strings Attached How to find the right type of strings for your needs By James McKean

Advertiser Index
Strings 156 Advertiser Index A list of the advertisers from the February 2008 issue

Auction Highlights
Second-tier Bargains Find a good investment by thinking outside the box By Erin Shrader

New Products
Workbench The iTalk Pro; Artino Practice Mute; and Snow Stringed Instruments' new Simona Violin By Erin Shrader

Encore
Cajun Cooking The Red Stick Ramblers explore the American folk tradition By Robert L. Doerschuk

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