No. 284, December 2018

No. 284, December 2018

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Special Focus: Holiday Gift Guide

Hot Stuff

The Hot Club of San Francisco turns 30—and turns up the heat

By Greg Cahill


Loss Prevention

A look into the world of instrument theft

By Brian Wise


Predictably Unpredictable

John Harbison finds ever more creative avenues

By Thomas May


Holiday Gifts Made Easy

Some gift suggestions for the other string players in your life

By Stephanie Powell and Megan Westberg


Season of Giving

Seven players on the best gifts they’ve ever given to their string-playing friends and family

Compiled by Stephanie Powell


Editor’s Note


News & Notes

Sphinx Organization announces 2019 Medal of Excellence recipients; plus Milestones; 5 Minutes with . . . Ascenté Chamber Orchestra teacher Kelly Flynn, and more


Letter from #Bach333

Celebrating Bach’s 333rd birthday in 3 cities in 3 countries on 3 continents—in 5 days


Letter from Africa

Looking back at the Minnesota Orchestra’s August 2018 tour of South Africa


Shop Talk

Violin maker Jay Ifshin on the bow that got away


What’s in the Case?

The sound of Isabelle Faust’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Stradivari is truly the stuff of fairy tales


Tales of the Trade

Susanne Küster’s vivid scrolls personalize Baroque instruments


New Products

Pirastro offers its Perpetual strings for violin and launches a new set for cello


On My Music Stand

The Solera Quartet on the uninhibited artistry of Caroline Shaw’s ‘Entr’acte’


Rep Prep

A rhythmic approach to ‘Receita de Samba’


Stage & Studio

5 tips on promoting your own recordings



For the Record: Violinist James Ehnes on three powerful and personal commissions. In Print: Bärenreiter’s new edition of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto offers an informative review of era-specific performance practice, and more.

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