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.

Local Brew Events’ 6th annual Fiddle ‘n Folk Fest!

On September 10 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Local Brew Events’ 6th annual Fiddle n Folk Fest will take place

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in Haines Park, Barrington RI (near Cove Haven Marina).
Featuring more than 10 acts such as: Cowboy and Lady, French Roast,

Bay Spring Folk, Old Fiddlers Club of RI, as well as storytelling by Len Cabral, food trucks, craft vendors, dancing, and kids activities, it’s bound to be a rousing event.
Join the all-levels fiddle jam with Andy Grover from 10:00- 11:00 am. Bring a chair and a blanket and enjoy the day overlooking Narragansett Bay.

The day’s events are FREE, thanks to generous support from RI State Council on the Arts, the Town of Barrington Recreation Department, Barrington Public Library, The Bay Team, Friends of the Bay Spring Community Center, New Harvest Coffee, Wildflour Vegan Bakery, RIDEM, and many generous individuals.

A rain date is set for September 11.
View the festival flyer HERE.
For more information go to facebook.com/FiddleNFolkFest.

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.

Can you choose between a Stradivarius and a del Gesù in 20 minutes?

“It’s like the NBA draft crossed with The Bachelor, but for classical music.”

The sixteen winners of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank competition got to choose from sixteen million-dollar instruments. The violinists will play their chosen partners for three years, at which point the violins will move on to their next musicians.

The catch: the winners have to choose their “perfect match” in just 20 minutes! Watch the video and read about the process 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!!

 

 

 

 

Newport Music Festival 2015

 

Want to hear beautiful classical music in Newport’s mansions? The Newport Music Festival’s 47th season is taking place July 10 – 26.

Fiona’s violin teacher, Gabriela Diaz, is performing some tango pieces on July 18!

 

 

Here’s the pdf of the 2015 brochure.

Featured Instrument: Enesco Violin!

An affordable instrument for the advancing player, this violin was handmade in Romania with select Carpathian hardwoods and spruce. Its low action makes for easy playability and a sweet and smooth tone.

Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 1-3pm to try out this violin!

Click here for product details.

Featured Instrument: Maggini Copy Violin!

This Maggini copy violin has a dark, bold sound that rings freely.  This instrument is ideal for any student who loves a complex and deep sound paired with easy playability.

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Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 1-3pm to try out this cello!

Click here for product details.

 

Featured Instrument: Clement Model 205 Violin!

An affordable instrument for the advancing player, this violin possesses a bright, bold sound and easy playability. Warm in color, it also features a one-piece back.

 

Clement Model 205

 

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

Click here for product details.

Baron Buika plays the violin….kind of?

 

This is terrifying and funny all at once. Really, don’t try this at home!

Featured Instrument: Labelled Jimson Moshau Violin!

Labelled Jimson Moshau 1801, this is just as striking in tone as it is in shape. The instrument has a ringing tone with ample reserve.

 

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Able to exhibit a full range of colors, this violin would be perfect for a dedicated violinist.

 

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

Click here for product details.

Hilary Hahn’s Violin Case

Hilary Hahn has a twitter account from the perspective of her violin case 🙂

 

https://twitter.com/violincase

 

 

 

 

 

Maxim Vengerov Sure Has Feelings!

 

Maxim Vengerov probably has the best facial expressions in all of classical music. Also, this is such a happy masterclass 🙂

One Man Band – Pixar Short!

This is a hilarious Pixar short about two street musicians who compete for a little girl’s coin, only to later be totally schooled by her violin skills 🙂

The Master from Cremona

If you want to know about violin making, you’ll want to study the life and work of Antonio Stradivari, perhaps the greatest luthier of all time. “His interpretation of geometry and design for the violin has served as a conceptual model for violin makers for more than 250 years,” states the Smithsonian. Read about Stradivari here!

Below see a romanticized, yet beautiful portrait of the maker.

Featured Instrument: Maggini Copy Violin!

This Maggini copy violin has a dark, bold sound that rings freely. Great for anything from solo Bach to Bluegrass, this violin is versatile in its range of tonal colors.

 

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For the amazingly affordable price of $2,000, this violin is ideal for any student who loves a complex and deep sound paired with easy playability.

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

Click here for product details.

Tracing Jascha

This is an amazing portrait of Jascha Heifetz, taken by LIFE photographer Gjon Mili.

Mili attached a light to the end of Heifetz’s bow, and the results were very powerful:

Flying with your violin can be dangerous…

British Airways recently forced a musician to store her violin in the hold, and the results are horrifying…

 

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Flying with a stringed instrument is getting increasingly risky, so make sure to check on airline rules and regulations before you head to the gate.

 

Featured Instrument: Bergonzi Violin! – SOLD

This late 19th century Saxon violin has a complex, rich tone that rings freely at the slightest touch. Very responsive and playable, this instrument would be great for a talented student looking for a mature sound.

 

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This Bergonzi violin is being offered at the affordable price of $850. For such a sweet sounding instrument, this is a deal you won’t want to miss.

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

Click here for product details.

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Joshua Bell…busking?

This is a really fascinating article about what happened when Joshua Bell busked in a DC subway at rush hour in the federal district of the city. The article, complete with Kant quotes and interesting interviews, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

 

Tough crowd, Josh, tough crowd.

 

Watch Where You Bow!

 

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Der Erlkönig in the Ruins of a German Castle!

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s transcription of Franz Schubert’s Der Erlkönig, based on a poem by Goethe, is considered to be one of the most difficult violin pieces ever written. The story describes the death of a child attacked by the Erlking, a supernatural creature. 

German-Korean violinist Christian Kim brings the haunting tale of Goethe’s text to life in the ruins of a 13th century German castle. In an interview with The Violin Channel, Kim says: “The idea for the film was for the visuals to tie to the dramatic story of Goethe’s poem and Schubert’s arrangement – with the tree symbolising ‘the father’ and the castle ruins representing the spirit of the ‘Erlkönig’.” This film is Kim’s way of weaving the quality of classical music with the 21st century’s need for visual storytelling.

Watch the video below!

Featured Instrument: Full-size Suzuki Violin!

Perfect for the budding student, this full-size Suzuki violin has a surprisingly rich, robust tone with excellent playability. The violin is being sold as an outfit, with case and bow, for the extraordinarily low price of $500.

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For an affordable price, this violin is the perfect choice for a promising student who is looking for an instrument that will allow them to grow as a musician.

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

Click here for product details.

What’s worth $45 Million…?

The Stradivari ‘MacDonald’ Viola!!

 

 

One of only 10 surviving Stradivari violas, the ‘MacDonald’ is valued at $45 million. The viola went up for auction at Sotheby’s this spring, but bidders failed to meet the asking price.

If it had sold, it would have surpassed the current auction record of $15.9 million for Stradivari’s ‘Lady Blunt’ violin. The ‘MacDonald’ was owned and played by Peter Schidlof of the Amadeus Quartet until 1987. Now the Schidlof family is selling the instrument, and attempting to capitalize on its incredibly rarity and history.

 

Listen to violist David Aaron Carpenter play Bach’s Suite No.3 in C on this beautiful and pricey instrument:

Read this fascinating story about the ‘MacDonald’ in the NYT. And read about its chances of selling on BusinessWeek.

And you think your teacher is scary…?

If you think your violin teacher is scary, imagine studying with Jascha Heifetz!

 

 

Below is the first part of a masterclass with Heifetz, who was one of the most technically proficient classical violinists of all time, and by no means the cuddliest.

 

 

 

Guess what? Pamela Frank says you can practice less…

Pamela Frank, who teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, says it’s okay to practice only 1 hour a day, IF it’s really good practicing. “I have personally never practiced for more than 2 hours in a day – and it’s not because I’m more talented than anybody else, but simply I am interested in a lot of things and I wanted to learn as early as possible how to be as efficient as possible.”

Pamela Frank wants you to have a life! How nice!

 

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Pamela Frank

 

“I’m begging all of you to practice less and think more – Practice less and better!

 

Watch her video below and let us know what you think on our Facebook page (McCarten Violins, LLC)!

Read the article at TheViolinChannel.

Featured Instrument: French “J.B. Vuillaume” Violin!

This full-size French J.B. Vuillaume copy is dated circa 1860. It boasts an incredibly sweet, rich tone. At an affordable price, this instrument may as well be a Vuillaume original.

 

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With remarkable clarity and playability, this instrument is perfect for any serious student who loves a romantic, complex sound. The violin has a delicate body, with a rich red amber color over a gold ground. With its age it now has a lovely, natural patina. This instrument is pleasing to the eye and ear.

 

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

 

Product Details: http://mccartenviolins.com/instruments-and-products/french-j-b-vuillaume-violin-44/

 

Our mothers made us wear these shirts

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A long day’s war with a software installation…it might be best if you came by tomorrow.

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Rose Clancy, friend of the shop, featured in Boston Globe!

Dennis’ friend Rose Clancy entered the North Bennet Street School at age 42, marking the beginning of a major career shift. After graduating, she founded the Chatham Fiddle Company, where she hosts concerts, and started making fiddles. Congratulations to Rose for following the music!

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/22/irish-fiddler-followed-her-dream-and-created-traditional-music-scene-cape/fKujaVflo8XS2eQyShDu9M/story.html

 

Rose Clancy at work