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Strings: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers & Guitarist Jason Vieaux Play the Green Center

Strings: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers & Guitarist Jason Vieaux Play the Green Center

Meyers floated in, 1741 “Vieuxtemps” del Gesù in hand, wearing a voluminous gown in a soft black, its overlaid geometric pattern a seeming nod to the hall’s distinctive woodwork. Vieaux, also in black, took his seat and with a quick smile between them, they jumped into the music. An arrangement of Arcangelo Corelli’s Sonata in D minor, Op. 5, No. 12, “La Folia,” with variations headed the program. Fleet fingerwork in both instruments marked the players as virtuosos, but the variations that showcased the artists at their best allowed Vieaux to indulge in a little head bobbing, as he navigated his guitar with astonishing ease, and Meyers to pull a sultry voice from her del Gesù.

Strings: Shanghai Orchestra Academy Taps International Principal Players in Cutting-Edge Curriculum

Strings: Shanghai Orchestra Academy Taps International Principal Players in Cutting-Edge Curriculum

The Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) launched in 2014, offering professional training along with a master’s degree in music curriculum (from the nearby Shanghai Conservatory of Music). There is a heavy emphasis on internships with professional orchestras.

Strings: Yuga Cohler on Forging a Career as a Conductor in Classical Music

Strings: Yuga Cohler on Forging a Career as a Conductor in Classical Music

Yuga Cohler is on a mission to disrupt the classical-music establishment. And he already has its attention. The 28-year-old conductor, who debuts as the music director at Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra (RSO) on May 5, gained international prominence last year with his project Yeethoven, an orchestral concert comparing the works of Beethoven and Kanye West that culminated in a sold-out show at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in January.

Strings: Cellist Julian Schwarz on the Whimsical Passion of Lalo’s Concerto in D Minor

Strings: Cellist Julian Schwarz on the Whimsical Passion of Lalo’s Concerto in D Minor

The work is brilliantly written from a cellistic perspective, as it showcases the deepest register as well as the brightest. It is idiomatic, and fits well in the hand—most likely due to the fact that Lalo was himself both a cellist and violinist.

Strings: The Majestic Sights & Musical Moments at the Grand Teton Music Festival

Strings: The Majestic Sights & Musical Moments at the Grand Teton Music Festival

Writing about my experiences over the years at the Grand Teton Music Festival is a daunting prospect. How to describe the magic of a place where the physical beauty is beyond description, and where the quality of the music making defies rational explanation?

Strings: Prague Summer Nights Festival

Strings: Prague Summer Nights Festival

Encompassing 18 performances over the course of just one month, and triangulating three grand European cities (Prague, Salzburg, and Tabor), Prague Summer Nights is a heavy mix of learning, culture, and performance all stirred together in one big bowl.

Strings: The All-Star Orchestra Shines in a New Season

Strings: The All-Star Orchestra Shines in a New Season

When you hear “all star,” it’s usually baseball diamonds—not concert halls—that are likely come to mind. But [All-Star Orchestra's] inclusive celebration of the “best of the best” embraces a mega ensemble that unites principals and concertmasters from a host of American orchestras—30, in fact.