StringOvation- new online publication for string players

 

Ever find yourself wondering how to deal with stage parents? Or whether or not there were apps just for violinists? Or what sort of careers are available to you or your child as a musician?

Connolly Music has launched an online publication just for those of us who find ourselves consumed by all things strings- and those of us who are just starting out. Filled with tips and information about everything from learning the basics to who’s hot in the music industry now, String Ovation seems to be the resource we’ve all been waiting for.

StringOvation.com is devoted to music teachers, string musicians, and string music aficionados. Its mission is to help its readers deepen their knowledge and expertise as musicians as well as their appreciation of string music.”

Why we love it: lists of current string musicians who are “keeping it cool”, tools for inspiring students to keep with it, practical tips on things like string-shopping, instrument insurance, career options and the science of violins.

New Chamber Orchestra Opportunity for New Learners!

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We have recently learned that the Moses Brown School in Providence RI is forming a community orchestra!

The school is looking for adult players who are learning violin, viola, cello, or double bass at the beginner or intermediate levels.

You can read more about this exciting opportunity, including the rehearsal schedule, contact information, and download the registration form by clicking the following link: HERE.

Brace Yourselves, New Game of Thrones Music is Coming

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April has arrived and with it comes season six of HBO’s wildly popular Game of Thrones. The new season is set to premier on April 24th and while fans theorize about the twists and turns of the upcoming plot, music fans wait to hear what composer Ramin Djawadi will bring to the table this time around.

Djawadi has been composing the scores for Game of Thrones since 2011, when he was brought onto the project just 10 weeks before the series premier. From the iconic Main Title sequence, the somber themes of Winterfell, to the booming drums of the Dothraki plains, Djawadi’s music has been well received by Thrones fans and music critics alike.  The initial soundtrack earned a five star rating on iTunes along with raving reviews, while season two followed up with four stars.  Seasons three, four, and five followed, each receiving ratings of four and a half stars.

In an interview with filmmusicmedia.com, Djawadi explains that producers told him avoid flutes or solo vocals which had previously been pillars of successful fantasy music, such as the Lord of the Rings series. Instead, Djawadi strove to set Game of Thrones apart, pinning the use of the solo cello as one of the scores major successes.  Figuring out how to place the music among the dialogue and action of the show was another challenge that Djawadi faced, but overcame, delivering scores that beautifully enhance the story and characters to viewers of all backgrounds.

With the premier date on the horizon, Thrones and music fans wait in anticipation for the official release date of the season six soundtrack.  Based on the release dates of the previous soundtracks, the new material should arrive sometime towards the end of the season, most likely mid-June.  For the time being, fans will have to hold themselves over with reruns, past soundtracks, and on April 24th, the brand new season of Game of Thrones.

Impromptu Bach

It’s always interesting to see how people react to impromptu music….

While cellist Matt Haimovitz was in residence at Columbia’s Miller Theatre, he performed several pop-up concerts at the university unsuspecting crowds. Haimovitz played at the bookstore, the café, and even the gym. See for yourself.

 

Styrofoam…

A Belgian student of Musical Manufacturing at the College of Ghent in Flanders has built a styrofoam CELLO! Well, just the top is styrofoam, but still!

Sound horrifying? Actually, it’s not! Listen here.

Watch the International Tchaikovsky Competition Live!

 

This competition is basically the olympics of music. Experience the anticipation and excitement of competition live this year!!

For an example of the awesomeness of this competition: Christopher Tun Andersen is 23 years old!!

 

 

 

 

The Mona Lisa of Cellos

 

The oldest cello in existence today is being exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. Nicknamed the “King,” this Amati masterpiece was made around 1572 and features ornate gold gilding. It’s something like the “Mona Lisa” of cellos and other stringed instruments. Read the whole story here.

 

The King

The King

 

 

Featured Instrument: Herrman Cello!

This full size cello is an affordable choice for any advancing student! It comes with a case and bow.

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Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 11-2pm to try out this cello!

Click here for product details.

 

What Dennis is Listening to:

 

Pablo Casals playing Bach Cello Suite No.1, BWV 1007

Featured Instrument: Soloist Cello by Stringworks!

The Soloist by Stringworks has long been one of the most coveted instruments for advancing student players. This instrument is in like-new condition, with striking red-brown varnish. The ribs and back are beautifully flamed maple, and the top is made from extraordinarily straight-grained spruce. The cello outfit is featured at the incredible price of $2,000.

Front view with case

Front view with case

 

The cello boasts a brand new setup with Helicore and Larsen strings, a Wittner 4-tuner tailpiece, and a Despiau bridge (French cut).

 

Back view

Back view

 

The cello was formerly played by a Brown University student who moved to California.

 

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The outfit includes a newly-haired pernambuco “Hoffmann” bow, and a hard case.

 

Case

Hard Case

 

Come into the shop, Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm and Sat 11-2pm, to try out this great deal!

Click here for product details.