No. 222, October 2013

No. 222, October 2013

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A Band of Sisters
The Real Vocal String Quartet is a chamber-jazz group that can sing and perform ‘Turkey in the Straw’ in Macedonian. Scout’s honor

Building a Legacy in Kathmandu
Cellist Lynn Harrell earned fame on stage, but he found purpose half way around the world

The King of Concerti!
Ittai Shapira has premiered 19 violin concertos. Some he even wrote himself

Special Focus:
How to Engage Teen String Players

Start a Popular Movement: Music Education for the 99%
Mark Wood is on a mission to engage 21st-century students with his own string curriculum. By Louise Lee

Keep Teens Engaged with Musical Skills That are Relevant
Give students the tools to create, refine, and distribute their own music. By Christian Howes

The Keys to a Captivating Curriculum

How to build a successful orchestra program that keeps students engaged. By Emily Wright


News & Notes
James Ehnes finds common ground in the works of two Cold War composers; Violinist Bobby Yang explores new frontiers; Portland Baroque Orchestra marks a milestone; plus News Briefs, Milestones, and 5 Minutes with the Karen Briggs

News Spotlight
Boston chamber musicians reach out to the city’s shelterless

Center Stage
Jazz bassist Christian McBride talks about his new CD


Strings 101
Mads Tolling offers a jazz improv primer

Strings 101

How to navigate your fingerboard

Master Class

The challenges of Schubert’s sublime E-flat Trio

Master Class
Joan Tower’s “Wild Purple” for solo viola, revisited

Practice Makes Perfect
Violinist Rebecca Fischer on developing an effective daily practice regimen

Practical Musician
Learn the secrets of thoughtful playing

Teaching Strings

How to encourage creative musicality in the classroom 


Strings Trade

The ‘Titanic’ violin embarks for the auction block; Antique bows get a high-tech treatment; an 1828 Pressenda violin tops the summer auction sales; plus Bench Marks

Your Instrument
Discover how a Baroque setup adds up to an enhanced tonal palette

Ask the Expert

When is it okay to question a crack repair?

What’s in the Case?
Violinist Tai Murray has a petite Tononi violin that offers freedom & demands attention

New Products
The Mark Wood Signature Viper 5-string violin; Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold Rosin; the Pinstop Cello Endpin Stop; and AcoustaGrip Shoulder Rests


On Disc
The Harlem Quartet’s Delights & Dances, and more; In Print New Bärenreiter editions update Dvorak chamber works, and other editions



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