No. 110, May/June 2003

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Country Cousin
With the upcoming release of a new Nashville album, Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster steps out into new terrain. By Kevin McKeough.
The Cowboy Way
Woody Paul of Riders in the Sky on fiddling, roping, and driving the bus. By David Templeton.
Orderly Conduct
A new musical tradition flowers at the American Academy of Conducting. By Christopher Whiting .
Illuminating Manuscripts
Dmitry Sitkovetsky finds new meaning through innovative violin transcriptions of classic piano works. By Daniel Felsenfeld.

NEWS & NOTES
Check This Out .
Musical Chairs .
Passings .
Prize Winner .
Cello Again .
Go West . Monumental Fiddling Championship.
NJSO Lands 30 Rare Italians . Herbert Axelrod sells the Golden Age collection.
Road Trip . Hearts & Hands photo exhibit.
Rock 'n' Roll High School . Mark Wood at the Rock Hall of Fame.
Sphinx Winners Named. 2003 award update.
Toy Symphony Update. MIT Media Lab.
The Wide, Wide World of Scheinman. Jenny Scheinman career overview.
Nagano Love Fest . Kent Nagano courted for Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Stern Stuff . Samuel Zygmuntowicz violins auctioned in Isaac Stern collection.

STRINGS 101
Ensemble Etiquette. Five basic behaviors every new orchestra member should practice. By Sarah Freiberg.

PLAY IT!
Fast and Furious . Approaching Biber--for the intrepid violinist John Hollway discusses Heinrich Biber's Violin Sonata No. 5. By John Holloway.
Crooked Rhythms. A folk-inspired Bulgarian dance song for solo cello. By Geoffrey Dean.

LETTER FROM
Meeting of the Minds. Jazz violinist Regina Carter greets Paganini's Cannon. Regina Carter travels to Genoa to record with legendary violin. By Dan Ouellette.
All Bowed Instruments
Quatuor a Cordes by Ernest Bloch. By Bryan Lerda.

ON RECORD
Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op. 57. Vermeer Quartet. By Robert Moon.
Time Travelers. Cypress String Quartet release spans more than a century of string quartet music review of Haydn, Ravel, Schuloff recording. By Greg Cahill.
Bravo! Virtuoso and Romantic Encores, Nikolai Znaider . Nikolai Znaider. By James Reel.
Julia Woolfe: The String Quartets. Ethel, Cassatt String Quartet, Lark Quartet. By Daniel Felsenfeld.
Sibelius, the Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra. Christian Tetzlaff. By Greg Cahill
Back to the Future. Pentatone SACD releases.
Fresh Canadian Fiddle Tunes. Various artists. By Elisa M. Welch.
Goodnight Ginger; John McCusker . Scottish fiddler By Elisa M. Welch.
In Full Swing: Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio . By James Reel.
Martinu: String Quartets Nos. 3 and 6 . By Robert Moon.
Metamorphosis . Joan Jeanrenaud, former Kronos Quartet cellist solo CD. By Greg Cahill.
Knaifel: Svete Tikhiy . Keller Quartet perform Uzbekistan-born Alexander Knaifel's work. By James Reel.
Touchwood . Iain Fraser, fiddle, Christine Hanson, cello. By Greg Cahill.
Weaving the Worlds by Beth Bahia Cohen. By Stacy Phillips.

IN PRINT
Venetian Finds . A comprehensive and beautiful exploration of life after the Golden Age. Review of Liuteri e Sonadori Venezia, chronicling the gold age of Venetian violin making. By Elisa M. Welch.
Advanced Violin Technique of Franceso Sfilio . By Heather K. Scott.
Music in European Capitals: The Galant Style. By Daniel Heartz. By Heather K. Scott.
The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry . Barry Green's book about confidence and creativity. By Heather K. Scott.

ON STAGE
Miro Quartet at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall . Peformance of George Crumb's Black Angels. By Daniel Felsenfeld.
New York Stories . Life and death takes center stage at Emerson and Miro concerts. Emerson quartet Text/Subtext opening concert. By Edith Eisler.


YOUR INSTRUMENT
When Good Tone Goes Bad . What should a player do when an instrument loses its tone? Tips on tone. By James Cave.

SHOP VISIT
Sunken Treasure . Can recovered tonewood help luthiers match the sounds of Stradivari? Luthier Peter Van Arsdale uses water-logged wood. By Patrick Sullivan.

NEW PRODUCTS
Heat Wave. A new way to control humidity. Planet Waves humidity and temperature sensor; plus Ritter Classic cello bags, Gotz titanium chinrests. By Heather K. Scott.

ENCORE
Idyllic Idealism. Peace blossoms at the Center for Chamber Music at Apple Hill International student program in New Hampshire By Sarah Freiberg

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