No. 125, January 2005


A Star Ascending
Hilary Hahn avoids the pitfalls of the virtuosic firebrand and freshens up a pair of classic Romantic violin concertos By James Reel

Soul Survivor
From privilege to prison, from classical music to the outer limits of jazz, violinist Christian Howes is helping others plug in to the learning experience By David Templeton

Eight is Enough
Hutchins consort makes music with a unique set of stringed instruments By Paul Hormick

Recording Arts

Staying Alive
The Borromeo Quartet applies a do-it-yourself approach to quality chamber recordings By James Reel

Make the Music Go Boom!
New multichannel formats bring affordable audiophile to the masses. Here's the skinny on surround-sound technologies By James Reel

5 X 5
Outstanding recordings that spent an inordinate amount of time this years spinning in our CD players

Play It!
Hurricane Relief Gulf Coast orchestras get a helping hand

News & Notes
ASTA Bash Regina Carter and Rachel Barton Pine are slated to entertain teachers a the 2005 ASTA conference. Midori Goto will lead a master class. Meanwhile, Pine has also been appointed as artistic director of the Musicorda Chamber Music Institute and Festival

Labor of Love Composer Wayne Horvitz, who made his name as a keyboardist and producer in the 1980s NYC jazz scene, now is writing string music. Including work for the Vienna Jazz festival, and Joe Hill: 16 Actions for Orchestra, Voice, and Soloist By Greg Cahill

Three's Company Mariss Jansons of the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra is replaced by a rather unusual three-person group: Sir Andrew Davis will become artistic director, Yan Pascal Tortelier will be conductor, and Marek Janowski will assume role as endowed chair/guest cond

And the Winner Is . . . Violinists Gabriela Diaz and Berverly Shin are the first musicians to receive the prestigious Boston Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program. Orianna Webb received the 2004 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize

Brahmsmania Maestra Marin Alsop is planning to conduct more than 50 performances of Brahms orchestral works during the current concert season

Encore! Cellist Patrice Jackson, 2002 Sphinx Competition winner, will perform at the Sphinx Symphony on January 30

Passings Bassist Vernon Alley, the "dean of San Francisco Bay Area Jazz," died on October 2 after a long illness. He was 89 years old

The Max Factor Despite saying he was playing a year-long sojourn in a recent Gramophone magazine interview, Maxim Vengerov instead has had a very busy year. A Vengerov spokesperson says that  Vengerov will take off in 2005 instead By Greg Cahill

Practical Musician
Getting in Tune Three easy steps to better intonation and a more productive practice regimen By Rebecca Cole

Play It!
Home Sweet 'Home' When Jascha Heifetz met Americana songwriter Stephen Foster. Jasha Heifetz championed works of Stephen Collins Foster, transcribing several. "Old Folks at Home" was completed in 1939 By Sherry Kloss

Master Class
Triple Play Learning the art of three-part fiddle harmony. The author demystifies the process of three-fiddle performance and helps readers also develop their own three-part arrangements By Jim Wood

Letter From
Fort Atkins Reliving the Lewis and Clark expedition at my first fiddle contest. A fiddler explores the Lewis and Clark expedition while preparing for the Pierre Cruzatte Fiddle contest in Nebraska By L. David Godbey

In Print
The Art of Sound The new "Artistry in Strings" takes method books to a new level. Artistry in Strings, Book 2, by Robert S. Frost and Gerald Fischbach, with a Parent's Guide by Wendy Barden. (Neil A. Kjos Music Co., individual books, $9.95; teacher's score/manual $49.95; parent's guide $3.95.) By Robert Rieve

Briefly Noted Warner Bros. Publications releases Volume 1a in its Step by Step series, An Introduction to Successful Practice. The CD includes a booklet in English or in French, Spanish, or German

Cello Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (Baerenreiter, €27.95)

Your Instrument
Grab Bag Gig bags and case covers make life easier for pros and students alike. What to look for, how to shop, and suggested brands for your next gig bag or case cover purchase By Heather K. Scott

Auction Highlights
Fall Color Autumn sales at two domestic auction houses showcase head-turning instruments. Fall auction sales include two houses with over 300 lots each: Skinner and Tarisio By Heather K. Scott

New Products
Taking the Bus A new way for bass players to card their axe around town. The Bass Bus from Wally Kay's A Bass Place & String Shop and the Korg AW-1 Micro Tuner By Heather K. Scott

Treasure Hunt Fiddle phenom Jeremy Kittel is searching for the perfect melody. The young Jeremy Kittel has been seen and heard on countless radio and TV shows, and at just 20 years old is carving a place for himself in the fiddle scene By David Templeton

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