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Free Master Class Coming to Omaha November 15

Violinist, teacher, and author Julie Lyonn Lieberman will be giving a talk on ergonomics for string players at an annual master class series in Omaha.

The theme of Lieberman’s master class is “Playing Healthy,” and it is the 5th annual Master Class…


Added by Greg Olwell on October 8, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Caracas Wins Battle of Beethoven Bands at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Dateline: Los Angeles, California, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 1-4, 2015

Gustavo Dudamel's four-day, Immortal Beethoven marathon in Walt Disney Concert Hall concluded Sunday afternoon with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony standing alone on the program, played by Dudamel's two home orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar of Venezuela. The Caracas band's performances of the Third, Fourth, Eighth and…


Added by Laurence Vittes on October 5, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Video Exclusive: Matt Haimovitz ‘Bach Cello Suite No. 1’

In a Strings exclusive, Matt Haimovitz has released a music video from his forthcoming album, The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena (Pentatone), of the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1. Set in the lush and enchanted gardens in Kauai’s National Tropical Botanical Garden, Haimovitz…


Added by Stephanie Powell on October 5, 2015 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Further Thoughts on Gustavo Dudamel and the El Sistema Kids

A grave firestorm of controversy surrounds Gustavo Dudamel's muted support of the Maduro regime in Venezuela. Sound familiar? It's the product of the youth orchestra program from which Dudamel rose, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic of which he is now Music Director.

The firestorm has swept ahead of Thursday night, when the glamorous young conductor begins to wield his baton over Beethoven's nine symphonies in chronological order on four successive days and nights in Walt Disney…


Added by Laurence Vittes on October 2, 2015 at 4:16pm — 1 Comment

Simone Porter Triumphs as Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Open Immortal Beethoven Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Dateline: Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Thursday night, 8 p.m.

The opening of Gustavo Dudamel's Beethoven cycle at Walt Disney Concert Hall was dominated by Simone Porter, who wove the chains of musical enchantment in Beethoven's two Romances with such ferocious choreography that it might have been a dancer playing the fiddle instead of a violinist moving in time with the music. At times the music seemed to rival the greatest moments…


Added by Laurence Vittes on October 2, 2015 at 10:42am — No Comments

Juilliard School Opens Campus in China

The Juilliard School has announced it will open a campus in China, the Tianjin Juilliard School, in 2018.

The campus, which will be Juilliard’s first campus outside of its historic New York grounds, will be the first performing-arts institution in China to offer a US-accredited master’s…


Added by Stephanie Powell on September 30, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments

Rachel Barton Pine Records First Vivaldi Album on Viola d’Amore

Rachel Barton Pine took a leap of faith. After some-odd years of fiddling around on a modernized viola d’amore—a 14-string instrument related to the violin and hailing from the Baroque era—she decided to bid on a…


Added by Stephanie Powell on September 22, 2015 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Fall 2015 updates! Complete Technique series, and we moved!

It's been a very exciting 2015! 

I presented a Teacher training session at American String Teachers Association 2015 conference on my new Complete Technique series. (Carl Fischer Showcase session)

Violist Alexander Vavilov and Double Bassist Eric Hansen performed studies and exercises from the series. They played beautifully! while I explained techniques taught in the books.

Details and Sample pages:…


Added by Janice Tucker Rhoda on September 12, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Igor Stravinsky Work Found Amid Stacks of Hidden Manuscripts After 100 Years

Russian-born 20th-century composer Igor Stravinsky made his way back into headlines on September 4 with the announcement that one of his early orchestral works Pogrebal’naya Pesnya (Funeral Song), which was thought to have been lost for more than 100 years,…


Added by Stephanie Powell on September 11, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments

Changing the Guard at Esterhazy Palace Where Joseph Haydn Used to Play

Dateline: Schloss Esterhazy, Eisenstadt, Austria, 7:30 p.m., September 7, 2015

Changing Queen Elizabeth's guard at Buckingham Palace may be a sight to behold, but in the larger scheme of things it's a routine daily occurrence, weather permitting. Changing Joseph Haydn's guard at Esterhazy Palace…


Added by Laurence Vittes on September 9, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

BSO’s Marin Alsop Appointed At Peabody Institute

Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, has been…


Added by Stephanie Powell on September 9, 2015 at 10:43am — No Comments

Miró Quartet To Release Feature Film

“We’re sort of in the middle of a transcendent year,” Joshua Gindele, cellist of the Miró Quartet, says of the artistic projects the group has taken on this year.

And he couldn’t have worded it more aptly. Gindele and his quartet members—violinists Daniel Ching and…


Added by Stephanie Powell on September 1, 2015 at 2:20pm — No Comments

I made scroll of Each Violins I crafted hundreds of years ago not the one shown in claimed Stradivari Violins of Today

When I crafted my violins hundreds of years ago the scroll do not look like the one shown in internet publications. The Violin scroll I crafted with my strict Luthier hands is the male and female representation of disciplined,well bred, God-loving Man and woman of good Democratic Nations. - Reincarnated Antonio Stradivari trough JesusChrist in cruzgomezhowellreynaldodela

Added by owellchelsea on September 1, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Never play Music in any violin Family instrument without scroll. The Scroll signifies good human hands .


   My hundreds of years in Violin making I am strict in the making of Violin. Neber play any violin family innstrument without the scroll. The Scroll signifies good human hands. That will protect and preserve good hands and good mind set of good Musician playing any Violin family Musical instrument - Antonio Stradivari in Jesuschrist in Cruzgomezhowellreynaldodela 

Added by owellchelsea on September 1, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Auryn Quartet Affirms in Music and Words the Humanity and Relevance of Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Our Savior On the Cross

Datelines: Mondsee, Austria, Schloss Mondsee, Aug. 29, 2015, 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 30 11 a.m.

In 1785, Joseph Haydn was commissioned by a canon in Cádiz, the ancient port city in southwest Spain, to write a sacred instrumental music for Holy Week illustrating the "seven last words of the Lord." Haydn agreed and proceeded to compose seven slow, meditative sections for full orchestra framed by a portentous introduction and a ferocious,…


Added by Laurence Vittes on September 1, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

All the way down to the C and G now!

Hey folks, making progress and still a little bit mad about my viola.

Mainly working through Essential Elements book 1 still, and I like All for Strings. I have Suzuki 1 and Abracadabra for Viola too, but like the first two for the technical approach whereas I think the melody approach in Suzuki and Abracadabra is great, it just isn't for me personally, although I do dip into them to expand my repertoire of things to play.

So yes, moving down to the C and G strings is… Continue

Added by Neil Nelson on August 31, 2015 at 8:58am — No Comments

The Auryn Quartet's Mondsee Musiktage Chamber Music Festival Launches 2015 Season With Haydn, Boccherini and Schlee

Dateline: Mondsee, Austria, Basilika Mondsee, 7:30 p.m., August 28, 2014

The 25th edition of the Mondsee Musiktage Festival, 15 miles east of Salzburg, and this year dedicated to the pan-European influence of Joseph Haydn, launched Friday night with the kind of concert that has long marked it as one of Europe's leading chamber music festivals.

Led by the Auryn Quartet (violinists Matthias Lingenfelder and Jens Oppermann, violist…


Added by Laurence Vittes on August 29, 2015 at 3:32am — No Comments

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Performs for 70th Anniversary of United Nations and WWII

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is touring to mark the anniversaries of the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations—the orchestra will perform at the UN General Assembly on August 28. 

The concert will include players from all…


Added by Stephanie Powell on August 26, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Christian Tetzlaff Lights Up Beethoven's Violin Concerto at the Grafenegg Festival's Wolkenturm Amphitheater

Dateline: Grafenegg, Austria, 7:30 p.m., August 21, 2015

On a beautiful late summer evening, with shafts of light coming through a dramatic clerestory in the amphitheater called Wolkenturm, Christian Tetzlaff threw down his own shafts of light on Beethoven's Violin Concerto before a packed house at the Grafenegg Festival in lower Austria, unintuitively situated east of Upper Austria, deriving its name from its downriver location on the Danube River. Backed by the Festival's large and…


Added by Laurence Vittes on August 22, 2015 at 1:51am — No Comments

Titanic Violin to Be Displayed at Two U.S. Museums

A violin that is reported to have belonged to Wallace Hartley, the bandmaster of the RMS Titanic, will go on display at two US museums in 2016.

The display will mark the first time the violin will be available for the public to view since it set…


Added by Stephanie Powell on August 18, 2015 at 12:04pm — No Comments

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