No. 155, January 2008

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Modern Prometheus
Yumi Hwang-Williams has emerged as a fiery champion of contemporary classical music By James Reel

The Orchestra that Luke Skywalker Built
Working at a secluded sound stage in Northern California, the elite string players of the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra enjoy one of the best gigs in the business By David Templeton

Total Recall
For nearly 200 years, soloists have been expected to memorize their performance pieces. But not everyone thinks that's such a great notion By James Reel

Amplified Heat
Seeking to pump up the volume? Here's a handy pickup and mic primer for string players By Heather K. Scott

News & Notes
Instant Messenger Midori becomes a United Nations Messenger of Peace
A del Gesu violin sells for $937,000; Henry Brant writes a new piece for the Hutchins Consort; ASTA launches a program to introduce kids to string music; the American Symphony Orchestra League awards outstanding orchestras; plus Bench Marks

Practical Musician
Going Global Outsource those string-playing skills from your own home studio By Gregory Walker

Strings 101
Before the Concert How to find the warm-up routine that works best for you By James Reel

Play It!
Looming Large What's a cello got to do with a famous fiddler's tale? By Natalie Haas

Master Class
Felix the Overtaxed As a workaholic composer, Mendelssohn penned sublime piano trios for the ages By Edith Eisler

On Record
Georgia Rose Lisa Batiashvili moves to the head of her class in a dazzling debut Reviews on Sibelius and Lindberg Violin Concertos; Schubert: Sonatas for Violin and Piano: Sonatinas, Op. 137, D. 384, 385, 408 (1816); Duo, Op. 162, D. 574 (1817); The Best of Edgar Meyer; The Soundtrack, and more

In Print
One Way or Another Elgar's intentions are not always clear
Reviews on Edward Elgar: Concerto in E minor for Violoncello and Orchestra, Op. 85; French Violin and Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1; 40 Easy Etudes for Violoncello, Op. 70 by Sebastian Lee; and more

Shop Visit
Made to Order John Jordan's electric violins are known for wood, workmanship, and superior sound By Erin Shrader

Auction Highlights
French Connection Sotheby's showcases two Turin top makers By Erin Shrader

New Products
Plug 'N' Play Take Two Shar's new Plug 'N' Play silent electric violin outfit; Blue Snowball USB microphone; and the Bowstopper

Advertiser Index
Strings 155 Advertiser Index A list of the advertisers from the January 2008 issue

Encore
The Lonesome Touch Celtic fiddler Martin Hayes has a handle on the heartstrings By Jon Wurtmann

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