No. 181, May 2010


The Metamorphosis of Sebastien Savard
Living the bug life as an insect musician with Cirque du Soleil's 'Ovo' By David Templeton

The Write Stuff
The conductorless American String Project is expanding the string-orchestra literature with a dream team of world-class players By Matt Sircely

Musical Tales from the Wild West
Handwritten manuscript illuminates authentic 19th-century dance music from Idaho's mining camps By Vivian T. Williams

Strings Forum
Note to Fellow Chamber Players: Don't Forget the Bass! John Feeney talks about the bass and its prevalence in Classical-era music. By John Feeney

News & Notes
News & Notes Double-bassist Richard "Dobbs" Hartsthorne plays for inmates at San Quentin State Prison. Cellist David Soyer dies at age 87. The American String Teachers Association doles out honors at 2010 Conference. Violinist Casey Dreissen gathers inspiration from the road. Cellist Ida Mercer receives $20,000 grant. Cellist Sol Gabetta develops a penchant for US composers. Barry Shiffman becomes associate dean of the Glenn Gould School and Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory. Fiddler Hanneke Cassel to play at African shelter. Plus News Briefs.

News Spotlight
String Projects Study Finds Need for 3,000 String Teachers Survey offers snapshot of educator shortfall in US orchestra and string programs By Rory Williams

Letter From
500 Days of Philadelphia—A Song for My Father A time–traveling look at the making of a world premiere and a family legacy By Gregory Walker

On My Music Stand
Fiddling About with 'Tambourin chinois' for violin and piano This exciting Kreisler piece is a chance to indulge both classical and traditional interests By Bonnie Bewick

Teaching Strings
Prepare for the First Year of Classes A simple checklist can lead to a rewarding school year for teacher and student alike By James Reel

Practical Musician
3 Group Drills to Keep Your Mind Sharp and Your Ensemble Savvy A simple and enjoyable approach to developing concentration, awareness, and communication skills By James Reel

Strings 101
Find Better Spiccato Control by Practicing a Related Technique Brushing up on your détaché may help you master that bounching bow By Paul Stein

Play It!
Get 'Grounded' with this Original Rock Quartet Enjoy the simple rock motifs, harmonics, and open strings of a sweet, simple tune By Anna Stafford

Master Class
Take Four: A Conversation with the Takács Quartet Inside the ensemble's recording of Schumann's String Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3 By Judith Glyde

Thomas Ades' 'Arcadiana' Is a Modern Masterpiece A ticket to paradise: this complex string quartet is filled with idyllic beauty By Laurence Vittes

Strings Trade
Strings Trade Janet Toon, Portland luthier, restores a 1701 Tecchler cello with pewter purfling. Barry Manilow wins Arts Philanthropist of the Year at ASTA. The Stradivari Society launches concert series. Ned Steinberger donates bass to Museum of Making Music. Plus Benchmarks. By Patrick Sullivan

Your Instrument
How Tailpieces Can Affect Sound and Playability Understand the variables that make a difference in an instrument's performance By David Folland

New Products
New Products J.T. Jet Carbon-Fiber Bows, Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder, Belcanto Solo Bass Strings, Manhasset Wall Stand, Jaeger Gewa Cases By Erin Shrader

In Print
In Print Smetana: 'From the Homeland, Two Duets for Violin and Piano'; Brahms 'Sonata in E flat major, Op 120, No. 2.'; 'The Boosey & Hawkes Violin Anthology'; Lalo: 'Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21'; Schumann: 'Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 1' By Edith Eisler

On Stage
Kronos Premieres Works in Ambitious Four-Night Program San Francisco quartet debuts Jon Rose's 'Music from 4 Fences' and other new works By John Lutterman

On Record
On Record Judgement Day: 'Peacocks/Pink Monsters'; Olivier Manchon: 'Orchestre de Chambre Miniature, Vol 1'; Dave Holland Octet: 'Pathways'; Minguet Quartet: 'Heinrich von Herzogenberg: String Quartets'

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