No. 119, May 2004

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Young Players Focus

The Graduate
Cello wunderkind Alisa Weilerstein prepares to enter the real world By David Templeton

Class Act
The ASTA String Project Consortium is a windfall for aspiring young teachers and string students alike By James Reel

Bohemian Rhapsody
By Elisa M. Welch

Spread Your Wings
By Joshua Bell

A Stand Up Guy
For jazz bassist Ron Carter, it's all about helping others sound their best By Dan Ouellette

What Ron Carter Plays By Dan Ouellette

Viva Brazil!
Pernambuco is the most cherished of all bow woods, but will it still be here tomorrow? By Cynthia Graber

 

News & Notes
Cutting Edge ASCAP Awards for Moab Music Festival, Boston Musica Viva and Anchorage Concert Assoc

Great Britten Notice about the 2004 Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition

London Calling Update on the London classical music scene, including Marin Alsop, Barbican Center, LSO and Wigmore Hall By Inge Kjemtrup

Musical Chairs David Soyer, Takacs Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet

The Silence Was Deafening BBC radio broadcast of John Cage's 4'33 By James Keough

Yale Competition Hugo Kauder Society hosts string quartet competition

Celtic Twist Irish fiddler Kevin Burke hosts weekend of master classes in Portland, Ore

Roman Holiday Robert McDuffie presides over 1st annual Rome Chamber Music Festival

Science Project Laurie Anderson accepts artist-in-residence position at NASA By Greg Cahill

Milan Museum Reopens The odd collection at the Museo Degli Strumenti Musicali is profiled By Patricia Kaden

Passings Obits for Ole Steffen Dahl, Malachi Favors 

Strings 101
Get Your Chops Down Fiddlers--even fiddling cellists--can benefit from this time-honored technique. Darol Anger and Renata Bratt discuss chop technique By James Reel

Play It!
The Tao of the Chiin Zhou Long bridges the gap between the ancient East and contemporary West. Interview with the composer and music to play: "Song of the Ch'in" By Elisa M. Welch

Master Class
Time Out The hidden depths of musical meter. A discussion about metrical dissonance By Harald Krebs

Letter From
Fiddlin' About The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra offers amateurs a musical treat. Author recounts her experiences with the newly formed Vermont Fiddle Orchestra By Katrina Van Tyne

In Print
For the End of Time Review of new book, For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet By James Keough

The Caged Bird Sings Two new collections celebrate the viola as a solo instrument. Soliloquy Variations for Solo Viola and Optional Harp and The American Viola: New Works for Viola Solo By Heather K. Scott

Beethoven Urtext review of G. Henle Verlag urtext; Beethoven Quartet in E-flat major, op. 127 By Sarah Freiberg

Lighthouse Collection Lighthouse Collection of Newly Composed Fiddle Tunes by Paul Cranford By Cliff McGann

Encore on Strings Encore on Strings, Music Maestros, Book 1 by Mark Gibson By Mary Nemet

The SCORE Children's Ensemble Series Instructional book series by John Krumich By James Keough

On Record
Boccherini Guitar Quintets Europa Galante with Fabio Biondi By James Keough

Musical Conquests The American Fiddle Ensemble takes a globetrotting excursion on new CD. Darol Anger's new string band makes CD debut By James Reel

Beethoven: The Complete Cycle of Trios Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio By Edith Eisler

Brahms Piano Quartet Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich By Edith Eisler

Maldoror Cellist Erik Friedlander By Derk Richardson

Crumb: Black Angels Miro Quartet By James Reel

A Love Song Debut solo album from veteran jazz bassist Percy Heath By Greg Cahill

Malipiero, Debussy, Rave, Schulman Historical recording by the Stuyvesent Quartet By James Reel

Michael Hersch Michael Hersch: Chamber Music, debut recording By Greg Cahill

Short Takes Original Masters, The Singles, various artists; Shalagaster, Jenny Sheinman; Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music, the Beaton Family of Mabou By Greg Cahill

On Stage
Fiddlers Five A veritable cornucopia of violinists joins the New York Philharmonic. Reviews of performances by Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Glenn Dicterow, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin By Edith Eisler

Auction Highlights
Violins for Less Tarisio and Bonhams proffer lower-priced lots that make bidders smile By Heather K. Scott

New Products
Bold New Bow Yamaha celebrates the release of a new signature carbon-fiber violin bow plus, Larsen Strings new cello strings, Cello Drones instructional series, Desca music stand, Mobile Fidelity gold discs By Heather K. Scott

Encore
Spooky Truth With the help of this accidental musician, old-time fiddling is waking up to a brand new day. Profile of the Crooked Jades, a San Francisco Bay Area string band By David Templeton

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