No. 182, June 2010


An American Tale
Rachel Barton Pine celebrates the indomitable spirit of prima violin virtuoso Maud Powell, who helped bring classical music to the masses By Christopher Roberts
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Swiss Precision
Cellist Christian Poltera is building his career one modern work at a time By Andrew Palmer
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Keystone State Fiddler Is Terrible & Proud!
Adult enthusiast finds a safe place to play (not so) badly with others who play, well, (not so) badly! By Tiffany Maleshefski
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Providing a Place to Play for All
On at least one Northern California campus, teens, adult enthusiasts, and veterans come together to study for their finals—Bach, Shostakovich, and Schumann By Christopher Roberts
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You, Too, Can Perform with the Mighty BSO
Adult enthusiasts dust off their fiddles as 'Rusty Musicians' performance series attracts 400 players By Christopher Roberts
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A Musical Life
Underground Rocker: Subway Busker Digs Deep into His Art Violinist Michael Shulman's New York audience is in the millions—during rush hour at least By Christopher Roberts
Center Stage
Chun Sisters Set Sights on Bartók's Dynamic Duos Sophomore recording finds violin-playing siblings in top form By Laurence Vittes
In Print
In Print Pintscher's abstract Study III; Ives' 'Variations on 'America''; 'My First Progressive Duets for Strings,' 'Progressive Duets, Vol 1,' Progressive Duets, Vol. 2'; plus Briefly Noted By Edith Eisler
Master Class
4 + 1 = 2 Violists Having the Time of Their Lives How to navigate the complexities of Dvorak's String Quintet in Eb major, Op. 97 By Laurence Vittes
Portal to the Past William Moenning violin shop in Philadelphia is closing but memories remain in collection of vintage photographs By Greg Cahill
New Products
New Products Fishman Aura Spectrum DI; platinum-plated Peter Infeld violin strings; Hoffee carbon-fiber cello and violin cases; the Dampit; Virtuoso Wrist Practice Aid By Erin Shrader
News & Notes
News & Notes Ohio's Denison U offering BA in bluegrass fiddling; Mutter takes up residency at NY Phil; late luthier Joseph Rashid's collection now on loan to students; USC Thornton School of Music buttresses its double-bass division; Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster Roger Frisch undergoes brain surgery. Plus News Briefs By Rory Williams
On My Music Stand
Looking for a Real Bass Workout? Try This Fun Kolar Divertimento Intense harmonies and rhythmic variations are the order of the day By Patrick Neher
On Record
On Record Sol Gabetta's new CD; London Concertante's 'Piazzolla and Beyond'; Bailey's 'Bach: Cello Suites'; Tamestit's 'Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor; Eight Songs'; Baroque Band's 'Biber: Mensa Sonora; Battalia'; plus Editor's Choice, including: Daniel Hope's 'Air: A Baroque Journey'
On Stage
Power Trio Delivers a Riveting Performance at Carnegie Hall Ades, Marwood & Isserlis perform US premiere of Ades' 'Rediscovered Places' at Carnegie Hall By Edith Eisler
Play It!
This Quebecois Tune Dishes a Beggar's Banquet of Ideas The traditional Canadian fiddle tune, arranged for string quartet, offers a fresh blend of vintage influences By Lisa Ornstein
Practical Musician
Stay Cool in the Hot Seat. How to Ace an Orchestra Audition Today's job market requires preparation. 5 tips from an audition boot-camp expert By Laurence Vittes
Strings 101
Go Back to Basics to Help Develop an Advanced Technique Choose exercises that support the demands of your cello repertoire By Deryn Cullen
Strings Forum
A Violin Virtuoso Falls in Love with the Humble Viola d'Amore. By Rachel Barton Pine
Strings Trade
Strings Trade New lutherie workshop aims to raise standards for bass repair; spring auction sales in London break records; new book documents Australia's violin and bow makers; plus Benchmarks By Erin Shrader
Teaching Strings
How toTeach Your String Students to Play Free of Pain A few warm-up exercises can help young students avoid unnecessary injuries By James Reel
Your Instrument
Don't Overlook the Sonic Impact of the Tailpiece Hanger There's more to the humble tailcord than meets the eye By David Folland

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