No. 108, February/March 2003

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Italian Style
Fabio Biondi builds a better Baroque ensemble. By Patricia Kaden.

Celtic Flame
Chicago's Liz Carroll fires up the Irish Fiddle. By Kevin McKeough.

Dreams of Summer. Our 16th annual guide to getting away from it all.

ON RECORD
Grimborg. Gjaillarhorn: Jenny Wilhelms, vocals, fiddle, Hardanger fiddle; et al. Traditional recordings from Finnish band. By Elisa M. Welch.
Mahler Symphony No. 5, Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Phil. One of Simon's first recordings after taking over the Berlin Phil this fall. By James Reel.
Peabody's Project . John Hopkins's libraries receive a grand to digitize music from the Peabody Conservatory.
Philly Sound. The Philadelphia Music Project receives a $60,000 grant.
Saluting Sawallisch. The Philadelphia Orchestra's new season and performing arts center.
The Cycle of Life . Pacific String Quartet profile, recently won the Cleveland Quartet Award. By Greg Cahill.
The Way for San Jose. San Jose symphony closes and a new Symphony San Jose Silicon Valley opens.
Winter Festival . Aspen's festival recap. 

Butler Brouhaha. Casaba Erdelyi's unrenewed contract at Butler U. stirs up controversy.
Kudos. 2002 Concerto Competition; Cincinnati Symphony inducted into the Am. Music hall of fame. 

Musical Chairs. San Antonio Symphony announces Larry Rachleff as new music director.
Style Council . The first alternative styles awards for alternative strings (hosted by ASTA and NSOA).
4+4=1 . The Miro Quartet is given a matching set of quartet instruments by Mark Furth
A Better Mouse Trap . Walt Disney Concert Hall finally dedicated on Oct. 23.
In Flux . The new DVD-Audio format is conducive for Morton Feldman's String Quartet (recorded by the Flux Q).
Passings . Peter Rybar, violinist; Robert Gladstone, bassist.
Red Faced and Blue. USA Patriot Act snags Artemis String Quartet cellist Eckart Runge for shop-lifting tweezers.

PRACTICAL MUSICIAN
Too Much, Too Soon? Too much practicing, and the wrong playing techniques, can catch up quickly with beginners. How to practice with healthy techniques to prevent injuries and burnout. By Janet Horvath.

STRINGS 101
Bach to Basics. Tips on approaching the violin works of J.S. Bach. Tips and tricks to help understand and play Bach. By Stan Funicelli.

MASTER CLASS
Get a Grip. A few pointers on mastering the art of Baroque Bowing. How to hold and bow properly in the Baroque style; plus historical info. By Sarah Freiberg.

LETTER FROM
A Musical Oasis . Sample a cornucopia of rich, first-rate chamber-music concerts that would be the envy of many other cities Tuscon, Arizona, offers much in top-notch classical music/performers. By James Reel.

IN PRINT
Second Fiddle. Abram Loft offers practical advice on life in a professional ensemble. Review of How to Succeed in an Ensemble: Reflections on a Life in Chamber Music. By Sarah Freiberg.

ON RECORD
Anglicana. Eliza Carthy, fiddle, et al. The daughter of British-folk musicians, Carthy offers up a new CD. By Greg Cahill.
Young Blood . New discs find Hilary Hahn and Ilya Gringolts tackling more challenging repertoire. Two different approaches to the Shostokovich Violin Concerto No. 1. By James Reel.
Short and Suite. The last night of the Proms (DVD). By Greg Cahill.
Vengerov Plays Bach, Shchedrin, Ysaye. Maxim Vengerov's latest release. By James Reel.

ON STAGE
Seoul Sisters. Ahn Trio turns up their Groovebox at Joe's Pub in New York City. Casual but committed trio plays in NYC. By Daniel Felsenfeld.
Kim Kashkashian at the 92nd Street Y. The 92nd Street Y hosts a series of concerts. By Edith Eisler.
Milton String Quartet at Galapagos . An evening concert review with the Milton Quartet. By Daniel Felsenfeld.
Paul Neubauer at Mannes College of Music . The violist gives a concert a the Mannes College. By Edith Eisler.

SHOP VISIT
String of Pearls. Makers meet and compete at the Violin Society of America competition. A look into the VSA competition and convention of 2002. By Daniel Felsenfeld .

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
Ending on a High Note. the close of the 2002 auction season saw many exciting lots--several six-figure sales. The end of year auctions yield positive results. By Heather K. Scott

NEW PRODUCTS
Gear Up . New pegs provide easy tuning for beginners. Plus reviews of Dowani 3 Tempi Play Along software; Hill Violin Lamp; Sorinuri MT-1 metronome/tuner. By Heather K. Scott.

ENCORE
Aluminum Foil . Musician Steve Shain taps into an unconventional double bass. Aluminum bass maker profile. By David Templeton.

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