No. 115, January 2004


Childhood's End
For former prodigy, Sarah Chang, adulthood offers a new world of opportunities. By James Reel.

What Sarah Chang Plays
By James Reel.

Head of the Class: The Twain Shall Meet
Shaun Ng's Bass Viol Knows No Bounds. By Greg Cahill.

Gone Fiddlin'
Brilliant, energetic, and accomplished, a new breed of string bands is shaking things up. By David Templeton.

What I've Learned: Burst the Bubble
By Axel Strauss.

An Improvisational Life
During a long and productive career, Bertram Turetzky has helped liberate the double bass and a generation of grateful followers. By Paul Hormick.

Yiddishkeit West
KlezCalifornia offers full immersion in klezmer music and culture. By Marsha Gonick.

On Record
Universal Syncopations Miroslav Vitous, double bass; Jan Garbarek, saxophones; Chick Corea, piano; John McLaughlin, guitar; Jack Dejohnette, drums. 

On Stage
MM Artists Mark Debut . The Metropolitan Museum of Art commemorates its 50th year with the creation of a resident chamber ensemble. By Daniel Felsenfeld.
New York Philharmonic Debuts Hartke Symphony . Stephen Hartke's Third Symphony was commissioned by the New York Phil to commemorate the second anniversary of the WTC tragedy and is performed along with Jacob Druckman's "Summer Lightning" during the 2003-04 season. By Edith Eisler.

Golijov Wins a Genius Grant . Argentine-American Composer Osvaldo Golijov wins a MacArthur Fellowship.

Home Sweet Home. The Univ. of Saskatchewan appoints its new Amati quartet in residence: Marla Cole and Michael Swan, violins; Geoff Cole, viola; Linda Bardutz, cello.

Small Wonders.

The Venuti-Chop Challenge. Arranger Geoff Muldaur enlists violinist Paul Woodiel to play in his futuristic ensemble CD, "Private Astronomy: A Vision of the Music of Bix Beiderbecke." By Greg Cahill.

Top Cello Works. Winners of the 2003 Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial are Jukka Tiensuu and Keeril Makan.

Up on the Roof. Maestro Lorin Maazel led 53 members of the New York Phil in a concert atop the Ed Sullivan Theatre for the David Letterman Show.

Go West. The Da Vinci Quartet--violinists, Jerilyn Jorgensen and Susan Jensen, violist Leslie Perna, and cellist Katherine Knight--announced a new residency with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Assoc.

The Bass Race. The 2004 International Society of Bassists Composition Competition announce they are taking entries through June 1 for soloists, chamber, and media entries.

Lost and Found. The Lark Quartet plays the complete cycle of Beethoven's 17 string quartets as part of the American Beethoven Society's 03-04 season (to be spread out over two seasons).

Musical Chairs. The Cypress String Quartet joins the San Jose State University School of Music and Dance as musicians in residence.

Goodwill Tour. The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra tours for the first time in 14 years.

New Digs. The SF Conservatory of Music broke ground in Sept. for its new facility.

Passings. Kathleen L. Carroll, Philadelphia-area violist, died at age 50 in August of breast cancer.

The Homecoming. The Royal Academy of Music in London allows some of its noteworthy instruments be displayed at the 10th Triennial Competition of Instrument Making in Cremona. By Patricia Kaden.

Baader Violin. Question posed by a reader regarding a J. A Baader & Co. violin. Editor replies with information on the maker. By Elisa Welch.

Cool Katz. A reader asks if Fred Katz studied at the Third Street Music Settlement in NYC. Katz replies that he did, and that he remembers the reader well. By Fred Katz.

Katz and Jammers. A reader asks if Fred Katz is the player she saw in the Jazz Festival in Newport (movie). Cahill responds that it is in fact Nathan Gershman in the 1958 film. By Greg Cahill.

Bold Explorations. Learning the intricate geography of the bow. The basics of good bowing technique come from understanding the different parts of the bow and specific techniques (tapping, trembling, son filé, "the bow stretcher," "the bite," and the full spectrum). By Tom Heimberg.

Fruits of Friendship. Anssi Karttunen and the cello music of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Profile of the Finnish cellist, with music to play. By Geoffrey Dean.

File Under: DIY. Rachel Barton explores the close ties between Brahms and Joachim Discussion of Cadenzas. Specifically, Joseph Joachim's cadenza for Brahm's violin concerto no. 2. Rachel Barton takes a turn at composing her own version, printed here. By James Reel.

Music To Play: Paranoid Android . Paranoid Android Music by Radiohead (Thomas York, Jonathan Greenwood, Philp Selway, Colin Greenwood, and Edward O'Brian), arranged for string quartet by Eric Gorfain. By Eric Gorfain.

Scavenger Hung. Cello repertoire too small? Try an arrangement from an obscure source. Cello arrangments from obscure sources are introduced by the author. By Sarah Freiberg.

Titans of Cool . Kronos Quartet marks its 30th anniversary with three new recordings. Reviews of US Highball: A Musical Account of Slim's Transcontinental Hobo Trip, by Hary Partch; Lyric Suite, by Alban Berg; and String Quartet No. 4, by Pëteris Vasks, all performed by the Kronos Quartet. By Daniel Felsenfeld.

The Russian Seasons. Gidon Kremer, violin and music director Gidon Kremer, violin and music director; Julia Korpacheva, soprano, Kremerata Baltica, string orchestra. By Greg Cahill.

Auerbach: Tenty-Four Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46. T'filah (Prayer); Postlude. Vadim Gluzman, violin; Angela Yoffe, piano. By James Reel.

Glimmer. Sturla Eide Sundli, fiddle, Hardanger fiddle; Andreas Aase, guitar, bouzouki. By Elisa M. Welch.

Mark O'Connor: 30-Year Retrospective. By Greg Cahill.

Arriaga Cuartetos. Cuarteto Casals: Vera Marinez and Abel Tomas Realp, violins; Jonathan Brown, viola; and Arnau Tomas Realp, cello. By Greg Cahill.

Ethel. Ethel (Todd Reynolds and Mary Rowell, violins; Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello) with Evan Ziporyn, bass clarinet. By Daniel Felsenfeld.

Shapero. Lydian String Quartet (Daniel Stepner and Judith Eisenberg, violins; Mary Ruth Ray, viola; Rhonda Rider, cello) with Edwin Barker, double bass. By Daniel Felsenfeld.

Boccherini Cello Quintets - 2. Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellils and Keith Pascoe, violins; Simon Aspell, viola; and Christopher Marwood, cello) with Richard Lester, cello. By Greg Cahill.

Star Power. Orion Premiers two new piano quintets to inaugurate Zankel Hall. This new mid-size "third" auditorium is inaugurated with a two-week festival featuring music programs. By Edith Eisler.

Rosin Decoded . Deciphering what it is, how it's made, and which one is right for you. A breakdown of the different types of rosin and how they are made. By Heather K. Scott.

Back in the Saddle. Despite a lagging economy, musical instrument sales are holding strong. Bonham's, Skinner, Chirstie's, and Tarisio celebrate modest sales. By Heather K. Scott.

Plugged In. A new electric axe hits the market, introducing innovative acoustic qualifier Damon Vanderbarr's new violin; Negri diplomat case; Yamaha debuts a line of carbon-fiber bows; Super-Sensitive's Bowmaster; and D'Addario & Co. releases the new Kaplan Solutions strings. By Heather K. Scott.

Flight from Oz. A 'Murderous cellist' lands in the West Texas town of El Paso. Zuill Bailey, the 13-year-old cellist recounts stories of travel, TV appearances on OZ, and concertizing. By Greg Cahill.

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