‘The biggest problem with today’s playing is that people want to sound smooth and nice; everything is ironed out flat,’ says cellist Raphael Wallfisch. ‘Because instrumentalists make sounds without words, we often forget about telling a story. We get so bogged down with technical aspects of playing that we forget to give that big, open, direct message, which a singer does much more naturally.
Included in this camp is a “PLAY-IN” once every week for all string students who can attend. A PLAY-IN is one hour of playing and having fun with new and familiar music. We will all play together. PLAY-INs WILL BEGIN July 6 and continue every Wednesday, 4-5 PM for the next 6 weeks until the beginning of Boot Camp on August 22.
You’d see maybe eight teenagers: three holding sports duffle bags; one reading a library book; another holding a large art portfolio. The last three might be holding instrument cases shaped like guitars, violins, and trombones.
But what if those instruments disappeared? Unfortunately, that’s the reality for many K-12 students across the country.
These days, most American K-12 schools are focusing heavily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, but performing arts programs are getting left behind. When extracurricular budgets are tight, music programs are often the first to go.
As it turns out, STEM programs could actually save music programs.
CAVANI STRING QUARTET ~ BIOGRAPHY. Described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant” , the Cavani String Quartet’s performances embody a natural empathy and passion, which continue to electrify and inspire audiences across the country. Winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award and Musical America Magazine Young Artist of the Year, they were appointed Quartet in Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music in 1988. The Cavani Quartet most recently earned this accolade: ” a true musical tour-de-force. astonishingly beautiful and technically superb , chamber music at it’s best.”
Included in this camp is a “PLAY-IN” once every week for all string students who can attend. A PLAY-IN is one hour of playing and having fun with new and familiar music. We will all play together. PLAY-INs WILL BEGIN July 8 and continue every Wednesday, 4-5 PM for the next 6 weeks until the beginning of Boot Camp on August 17.
I went to my first concert when I was five years old. Since then, I’ve spent many hours observing various orchestras and getting to know orchestral musicians, and some visual characteristics catch my attention over and over again. Most of the time, I notice these when I’m watching as an audience member – when I’m onstage, I’m much more absorbed in the music itself, picking up on different types of cues.If you’re relatively new to classical orchestra concerts, check out this list: it might give you some new ideas of fun things to look for the next time around.
Bowstrokes in the violin and viola sections:
All of these performers move together, thanks to carefully notated bow-direction markings in the music. The bowstrokes are choreographed for consistency of tone and articulation, but of course visual unity is taken into account. This is noticeable especially in fast music, and especially when a note is attacked in unison, making for an army of spear-like sticks cutting the air together.