No. 117, March 2004

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Life is Just a Dream
For Maxim Vengerov being a superstar is just a beginning By Laurence Vittes 

What Maxim Vengerov Plays By Laurence Vittes

Music & Motion
In rehearsal studios and on stages, live music and dance come together in new and daring ways By David Templeton

Laying Tracks
The Nashville String Machine tunes in to the sweet sound of success By Robert L. Doerschuk

Suddenly Summer
Our 17th annual summer-study guide 

News & Notes
Back to Bach A $1.5 million gift from Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg make Valpariso University the the single authoritative source for information on Johann Sebastian Bach in the US 

Britain's Bright Idea The Genius of the Violin, a two-week event supported by the Royal Academy of Music, makes its debut March 25–April 4 at various locations throughout London

Cello Again The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra presents "21st Century Cellos" with Matt Haimovitz, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Judiyaba

Dublin Bound The Dublin International Symphonic Festival invites 75 orchestral players to participate in two concerts

Mahlermania The Philadelphia Orchestra launches a five-season Mahler cycle

Making Their Move The Reeltime Traveler's had a song included in the recent movie release, "Cold Mountain"

Spring Blossom The Peabody Institute celebrates a $28.6 million physical renovation, as well as a revamped curriculum By James Reel

Strad's Secrets Revealed? Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer and Dr. Lloyd Burckle believe that the exceptional resonance of Stradivari instruments is related to extended periods of warm and cold, called the "Little Ice Age"

Turning Ten The Ventura Music Festival marks its tenth year with a new name--it dropped the word "chamber" from its title. Also, a new artistic director--Navroj Mehta

A Legend Passes Scottish Fiddler Johnny Cunningham dies in an apparent heart attack on December 15 at the age of 46

Musical Chairs David Robertson is the new music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Kurt Sassmannshaus is now Starting Chair at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Cho-Liang Lin has been named guest artist and Chee-Yun Kim named adjunct professor of viol

Practical Musician
Finger Tips Few things bring down the musical hand faster than damaged digits. Common finger and hand problems associated with stringed-instrument musicians and how to treat them (with the help of Dr. Robert Markison) By David Templeton

Strings 101
Keep on Dancing Thinking of the bow arm as a rhythmic instrument. With the advice and music by Julie Lyonn Lieberman By James Reel

Play It!
Modern Romantic William Grant Still's Lyric Quartet spins gold from simple melodies. A history of the American composer and musician William Grant Still. With music to play By James Keough

Master Class
Improve at Improv Composing your own cadenza and variations offers a chance to stretch out as a player. Learning how to improvise--from a classical player's perspective. Tips on where to begin, suggested techniques, and resources for more information By Robert S. Bridges

Letter From
Mission to Baghdad The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra starts its slow-but-steady efforts to rebuild. A visit to the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra; a first-hand look into the current state of the city and the musical group's trials and experiences By Allegra Klein

In Print
The Year of Dvorák New Editions commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Papa Anton's death. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, by Antonin Dvorák, edited by Klaus Doeg. Breitkopf & Hartel By Mary Nemet

Cesare Candi Liutista, by Alberto Giordano, Cremona Books, €140 By Patricia Kaden

Practice is a Dirty Word: How to Clean Up Your Act by Ruth Bonetti, Words & Music, 106 pps., $14.50 plus $6 shipping By Mary Nemet

On Record
Daring Duos Triple-CD set captures excellent sonata pairing Brahms: The Duo Sonatas for Violin, Clarinet, Cello, and Piano. Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Sabine Meyer, clarinet; Boris Pergamenschikow, cello; Lars Vogt, piano. Three CDs. Emi Classics By Edith Eisler

Mozart-Zukerman Canada's National Arts Center Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman, music director. Zukerman, Jessica Linneback, violins; Donnie Deacon, violin/viola; Jan Logan, Jethro Marks, violas; Amanda Forsyth, cello; Kimball Sykes, clarinet. CBC Records By Edith Eisler

Violin Works Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Li Jian, piano. Avie By James Reel

Danielpour: In the Arms of the Beloved Kalichstein-Loredo-Robinson Trio: Joseph Kalichstein, piano; Jaime Loredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello; Michael Stern, conducting the Iris Chamber Orchestra. Arabesque By James Reel

Maurice Ravel/George Enescu Leonid Kavakos, violin; Péter Nagy, piano. ECM By Edith Eisler

Sibelius & Korngold Violin Concertos; Sinding Suite Itzhak Perlman, violin; André Previn conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. EMI Classics, Perlman Edition By Edith Eisler

On Stage
Conduct Quite Becoming Runnivles, Rachilin, and Rattle at Carnegie Hall. The New-York-based Orchestra of St. Luke's and its new music director, Donald Runnicles, perform at Carnegie Hall By Daniel Felsenfeld

On Record
Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall In November, the Berlin Philharmonic perform with Rattle at the Carnegie Hall By Edith Eisler

Your Instrument
Best Bow Finding the Right Stick for You. How to choose the best bow to fit your needs. Includes information on types of wood/materials, sound, weight and balance, and shape (round or octagonal). Plus how to go shopping and evaluate bows By Richard Ward

Shop Visit
Ace of Bass Peter Zaret's patented bass bar pleases players and puzzles luthiers. An innovative, and controversial, bass bar by Peter Zaret By Patrick Sullivan

Auction Highlights
Mad About Music Beethoven steals the stage in a printed-music sale; an old Italian auction house reemerges. A prized Beethoven manuscript (Scherzo from String Quartet, Op. 127, in E-flat major) takes £1,181,600 at gavel. The Casa d'Aste Babuino auction house in Rome reopens after 12 years By Heather K. Scott

Encore
Flight of Fancy The sky is the limit for ex-Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud. Jeanrenaud discusses her various post-Kronos projects, including an Ice Cello By David Templeton

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