No. 127, March 2005

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One Cool Cat
Whether cascading down a bleak George Grumb quartet or snowboarding on a Colorado slope, cellist Felix Fan likes to stay on the edge By Laurence Vittes

Cross Currents
Turtle Island and Ying String Quartets get along swimmingly on new CD project By R.J. DeLuke

Balancing Act
Dodging the occasional sword is all in a day's work for string players in the Opera Orchestra New York By Daniel Felsenfeld

2005 Summer Study Guide

Lucerne Festival Evokes a Fairy-Tale Setting By Christopher Whiting

A Slice of Fiddle Heaven By Paul Hormick

Check Your Ego at the Door By Heather K. Scott

The Marlboro Experience By Heather K. Scott

Your Instrument
Strings magazine helps The National String Project Consortium by awarding grants to the SUNY-Potsdam String Project, The Marywood University String Project, The University of Texas-San Antonio String Project, and more

News & Notes
Amati 500 This year marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andrea Amati; celebrations include a gala concert with the Amati Ensemble

Living Legacy Steve Wilson, veteran bassist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, who passed last May, left behind six small-scale basses. The Wilson family recently donated the collection to ASTA/NSOA String Project at Lawrence University's Academy of Music

On a Wing and a Prayer The Second Annual Moscow Paganini Violin Competition winners: first Prize, Kwun Hyuk-Ju; no second prize awarded; third Prize, Yekaterina Frolova and James Lee. A special grand prix was awarded to Alyona Beyeva, allowing her to play a Stradivari By Erin Shrader

Strength in Numbers The Kansas City Symphony teams up with the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City to share a long-term lease, and promise to share a proposed $304 million downtown performance center

Worlds Apart No More Sixteen-year-old Tyler Andal and 13-year-old Indian classical violinist Ambi Subramanian perform, among a collection of transglobal performers, in the Global Encounters program presented by Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall

LA Story Georg Eittinger purchase the legendary Los Angeles violin shop. Hans Weisshaar. Weisshaar's business partner and co-author, Margaret Shipman, is staying with the firm. The shop will retain its name By Erin Shrader

Peace & Pontarelli Rock violinist Antonio Pontarelli, 13, winsPAX-TV's America's Most Talented Kids contest

Skill Set April 1 is the deadline to register for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis' fourth annual Orchestal Audition Workshop for Violinists (June 10–13)

News Spotlight
The Sky's the Limit Overture Center sets the stage for a new start for the arts in Madison, Wisconsin. The new Overture Hall in Madison, Wisconsin, is completed after 160 weeks of construction. The 2,253-seat hall opened last September and has already positively effected ticket sales By Tyrone Greive

Play It!
Dissonance Slinger Ruth Crawford Seeger's music transcends ultramodernist theory. American maverick composer Ruth Crawford Seeger builds a sound that was revolutionary for its day; and is now finding success with new audiences By James Keough

Master Class
Don't Fret Get it just right. Understanding just intervals. The author introduces the concept and then walks readers through practice and techniques for playing in just intonation By Christopher Whiting

Letter From
Music City, Austria Life in Vienna revolves around the arts, especially orchestral and chamber music. A look at Vienna's modern and historic ties to music, in particular orchestral and chamber music By Leonne Lewis

On Record
Crossing Bridges Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio: Mark O'Connor, violin; Carol Cook, viola; Natalie Haas, cello (Omac, 7) By James Reel

Kremerland Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kermer, violin and conductor (Deutsche Grammophone, B0003392-02) By Greg Cahill

Split Personality New Fournier reissues reveal two sides of the legendary cellist Cello Concertos. Pierre Founier. Concertos by Boccherini, Vivaldi, Couplerin, and Haydn (Testament, 1359). Fournier & Francescatti. Liver performances of Dvorak Cello Concerto and Brahms Double Concerto (BBC Legends, 4149-2) By Laurence Vittes

Beethoven (Triple Concerto; Rondo in B flat for piano and orchestra; Choral Fantasy). Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano; Thomas Zehetmair, violin; Clemens Hagen, cello; Nikolaus Harnocourt conducting; Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Warner Classics, 2564 60602-2) By James Reel

Dvorak: Concerto pour violon et orchestre, Op. 53; Trio, Op. 65 Isabelle Faust, violin; Jean-Guihen Queyas, cello; Alexander Melinikov, piano; the Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jiri Belohlavek (Harmonia Mundi, 901833) By Greg Cahill

Brahms: String Quartets (No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2, and No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67). Vegh Quartet: Sandor Vegh and Sandor Zoldy, violins; Georges Janzer, viola; Paul Szabo, cello (Decca Heritage, 475 6155) By James Reel

Solo Baroque Music of Bach, Westhoff, Biber, and Pisendel. Rachel Barton Pine, Baroque violin (Cedille, 90000 078) By James Reel

A Blue Thing Tom Rigney, fiddle; Bob Brozman, Anthony Paule, Roy Rogers, Danny Caron, and Jerry Cortez, guitars; Norton Buffalo, harmonica; John R. Burr, organ; Caroline Dahl, piano (Parhelion, 50015) By Greg Cahill

Bass Blast on DVD Charles Mingus, Live at Montreaux, 1975 (Eagle Eye Media, 39047-9); Norman Granz Jazz in Montreaux Presents Oscar Peterson Trio '77 (Eagle Eye Media, 39050-9), and more By Greg Cahill

Beethoven (String Quartet No. 122 in E flat, Op. 127; Piano Sonata No. 28). Murray Perahia conducting the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Sony, 93043) By James Reel

Your Instrument
Show of Support Choosing the right shoulder rest can be a tricky task. How to asses what type of shoulder rest is best for you, including tips for shopping and fitting as well By Richard Ward

New Products
Artist Approved Proceeds from sale of violin case benefit families in need. Reviewsof the new Salvatore Accardo Violin Case by Musafia and the Aria Secure ID By Erin Shrader

Encore
The Mambo King Cachao is still searching for the lost danzon. Profile of the great bassist and bandleader Cachao, and discussion of his monumental contributions to Latin music By Greg Cahill

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