No. 107, January 2003

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The Sphinx Stands Alone
An ambitious Detroit competition is out to level the playing field for African-American and Latino string musicians. By Kevin McKeough.

Gentle Sovereign
Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer celebrates five years with the Kremerata Baltica. By Daniel Felsenfeld.

Focus on Print and Digital Tools
Digital Domain. Midi makes inroads into the string teacher's classroom. By James Reel.
Shopping in Cyberspace. As the Internet marketplace expands, the debate rages on about web-based auctioning. By David Templeton.
Small Wonders. Inside the pages of five mom-and-pop print-music publishers. By James Reel.

NEWS & NOTES
Emerald Isle. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill's music for the documentary film, photos to send, about Dorthea Lange.
Helping Hands. Report on several organizations donating funds to aid various music programs.
Kronos@30. The Kronos Quartet celebrates its 30th birthday. By Greg Cahill.
Kudos. Awards, promotions, and accolades to musicians.
Strings Campaign . ASTA and NSOA's campaign to introduce children to string instruments.
Passings. Memorials to Zora Nelsova and Rafael Druian.
The Ultimate Duet? Mark O'Connor keeps busy between two concerts.
No Strings Attached. Edgar Meyer is named one of the 24 new MacArthur Fellows.
Shock of the New. The New World Symphony, under the direction of MTT, makes its new home in Miami Beach.
Strad Spurs Suit. Chirstophe Landon Rare Violins is part of a lawsuit regarding a missing Strad. 

PRACTICAL MUSICIAN
Lesson Plan. Finding the right teacher in five steps. How to find the right teacher to fit your playing level and personal needs. By Patrick Sullivan.

STRINGS 101
Picking up the Pace. How to find the perfect performance tempo. Tips on how to find the right practice tempo. By Tom Heimberg.

MASTER CLASS
Standing at the Frontier. Wernick Duo for Cello and Piano is intellectually challenging and richly rewarding. Understanding and playing Wernick's duo for cello and piano. By Scott Kluksdahl.

PLAY IT!
From Cartoon to Quartet. A player's quest for inspired string music leads to the quirky world of Raymond Scott. Raymond Scott's contribution to electronic music. By Jeremy Cohen.

LETTER FROM
The Northern Lights. Ensemble XXI Moscow brightens remote Arctic regions with chamber music. A writer travels with the ensemble as it tours northern Russia. By Howard Smith.

IN PRINT
All that Jazz. New book offers comprehensive overview of genre's greatest double-bass players. Review of The Jazz Bass Book, by John Goldsby. By Greg Cahill.
The Contemporary Violin: Extended Performance Techniques, by Patrice Strange and Allen Strange. By Hollis Taylor.
Improv: Free Improvisation in String Playing for Teachers and Pupils, by Sarah Stiles. Improvisational techniques for both teachers and students. By Heather K. Scott.
The Creative Band & Orchestra, by Julie Lyonn Lieberman. A teaching text offering a new methodology for music learning in the schools. By Heather K. Scott.
The New Penguin Opera Guide, edited by Amanda Holden. A single-volume reference of opera music. By Tom Heimberg.

ON RECORD
New Horizons. Two cellists set sail for uncharted waters. Three new CDs outline two champions of contemporary music (Demenga, Prieto). By Edith Eisler.
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 76, 77, 103. Amadeus Quartet. Three-CD set for Haydn lovers. By Edith Eisler.
The Strathspey King. James Scott Skinner, fiddle. Review of this contemporary Scottish fiddler's latest recording. By Elisa M. Welch.
Bartok: Viola Concerto, Berloiz: Harold en Italie. Csaba Erdelyi's reconstruction of Bartok's unfinished viola concerto and Beloiz. By Elisa M. Welch.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Violin Concertos. Itzhak Perlman on violin with the London Phil. By Elisa M. Welch.
New Series Spotlights Leonid Kogan. Six digitally remaster set of Kogan's works. By Greg Cahill.

ON STAGE
And the Winners Are… International violin and conducting competitions crown new champs; Kelemen wins the gold at the 2002 Intl. Violin Comp. in Indianapolis. By Edith Eisler.
The Maazel/Vila Conductor's Competition. Xian Zhang and Bundit Ungrangsee win the $90,000 prize. By Edith Eisler.

YOUR INSTRUMENT
Hair Replacement Therapy. Sooner or later you know your bow will need it. Explanation of what happens to your bow when you take it to a shop for rehairing. By Elisa M. Welch.

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
Three's Company. A trio of Italian violins top fall auction sales. Sales news and updates for the fall auctions. By Heather K. Scott .

NEW PRODUCTS
The New Refrain. Rescued and recycled woods spruce up new violins (from Boosey & Hawkes). Also reviews of Yamaha's new amp, Clarity rosin, Sibelius 2 software. By Heather K. Scott.

ON RECORD
String Wizard. Jazz violinist Joe Venuti gets the royal treatment in a new eight-CD box set. Review of Venuti's new box set. By Greg Cahill.

ENCORE
Good Goth Almighty. Rasputina takes the cello to new heights in an indi-music world. Innovative cello trio plays goth-style music on classical instruments. By Kevin McKeough.

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