No. 178, February 2010


A Fearless Cellist
Hailed as 'the young old master,' soloist and chamber musician Alisa Weilerstein is dazzling audiences, critics, and colleagues alike By Louise Lee

High School Musical—Baroque Style
Defying recession woes, a music director establishes a period ensemble at a California public school—roll over, Beethoven! By Rory Williams

How to Regroup Following a Personnel Change
Tips on searching for a new member, interviewing candidates, and boosting public relations By Tiffany Maleshefski

CMI Helps to Build Skills in Young Chamber Players
World-class musicians provide intensive workshops for gifted chamber-music students By Graham Pellettieri

How to Match Instruments in a Chamber Group
When a Strad just isn't good enough. The pleasures and perils of adding a new instrument to a quartet By Patrick Sullivan


News & Notes
News and Notes Glenn Dicterow on NY Phil's new seating arrangement, Joshua Bell and Alisa Weilerstein play the White House, Juilliard unveils manuscript collection, American Viola Society holds composition contest, and Edgar Meyer to fly solo on next two albums, plus News Briefs By Rory Williams

News Spotlight
Facing the Scarcity of Ethnic Diversity in the Concert Hall Black and Latino orchestral players make inroads, but void remains By Louise Lee

A Musical Life
One-handed Canadian Violinist Is Defying the Odds Adrian Anantawan is set to play at Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia By Danielle Nadler

Teaching Strings
One For All: Be a Better Group Lesson Teacher 5 steps to apply what you know to a full classroom By Louise Lee

Strings 101
Improve Your Cello Spiccato Stroke in 3 Easy Steps Learn to negotiate both the uncontrolled and controlled techniques By Judith Glyde

Play It!
Cirri Duos Are Excellent Teaching Tools and Fun to Play Want to expand your repertoire of violin and cello duos? These lesser-known gems are sure to please. With music to play By Jennifer Dalmas

Master Class
Improve Your Ensemble Playing—the View from the Violist's Chair Ex-Cleveland String Quartet member Martha Katz on how violists can define their voice and strengthen ties with colleagues By Graham Pellettieri

Strings Trade
Strings Trade Aaron Rosand parts with the 'Kochanski' for a hefty price, North Bennet Street School makes cameo TV appearance, Viseltear completes Yale quartet, and auction highlights: the American sales, plus Bench Marks

Your Instrument
Does a Wood Shoulder Rest Produce a Warmer Sound? A blind test of shoulder rests leads to some surprising results By Greg Spatz

New Products
New Products Pietro Rogiero Simonazzi Handcrafted Instruments, Bow Tonic, Pirastro New Formula Tonica violin strings, and the Eastman K-3 cello case, plus Classic Gear item Bernardel rosin By Erin Shrader

In Print
In Print Bruch's 'Eight Pieces,' 'Two 18th-century Pieces' arranged by H. Samuel Sterling, and Briefly Noted: Deborah Greenblatt's 'O'Carolan Fiddle Tunes for Two Violins,' 'Movie Quartets for All,' and Chen Yi's 'From Old Peking Folklore for Violin and Piano'

On Stage
Carter, Puente Shine at London Festival Jazz violinists lead the way at concerts with strong international flavor By Inge Kjemtrup

On Record
On Record Alexander Quartet shines on landmark reading of Beethoven's quartet cycle, Leonidas Kavakos plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2, Stuff Smith with the Joe Bushkin Quartet, Catherine Fraser plays Irish tunes on Rhymes & Reasons, Wendy Warner Plays Popper and Piatigorski, the Calder Quartet plays Christopher Rouse's Transfigurations, and the Real Vocal String Quartet plays and sings on debut CD

Notes from the Underground Violist John Cale became a driving force in rock's Velvet Underground By Greg Cahill

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