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  1. I saw him a couple of years ago at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. The place was packed and they thoroughly enjoyed the performance. He is quite a showman. If you are into Strauss you will have a wonderful time.
  2. Not all Chinese string instruments are a rip off. SOme are decent when you consider their price. I have seen some lousy Romanian and German instruments also.
  3. The news. BUt the last music I listened to Schubert's Mass in G. My son will be performing it at lincoln Center in June.
  4. There are still a few openings for some string players in my son's youth orchestra's european performance tour leaving July 2nd. It is a three week performance tour and a week of rest in Paris. We are taking some high school musicians who are not enrolled in the orchestra. The info is here http://www.myo.org/
  5. Those books of parts are wonderful. My violist son has gone to an orchestra camp for the past two summers and needed to find parts. The camp told you the orchestral pieces that would be studied in the summer and expected you to find parts to practice so you would be ready to audition the day after camp started. When the kids were at camp they gave them parts to use. Those books and Luck's Music were a godsend to him.
  6. He went to the opera last night to enjoy himself before his audition. He never did eat the banana today that we brought but he came out of the audition smiling and said it went well. I have never seen him that nervous before. Thanks for the replies
  7. Well, I grew up in the 60s and never smoked a banana! Thanks all!
  8. My son has an important audition tomorrow. I thought I'd offer him a banana prior to it since some swear they help with calming. For those that do it, how far before the audition should you eat one? Thanks
  9. It was a fun day. I see you donated a few sets of strings!
  10. I also bought a CC Lee cello from someone who sells on eBay. It is lovely and worth much more than I paid for it. I bought it off line and not through an auction.
  11. I have a beef about youth orchestra page turning. The conductors ought to have them practice the art of QUIET turning of pages. I bothers me to no end hearing 40 pages of sheet music rattle in unison.
  12. http://www.lisfa.org/id7.html There will be an all day ViolaFest at Hofstra University on Long Island on November 6. Violists of all ages are welcome. There will be master classes with Rebecca Young the Associate Principal of the NY Philharmonic. Sounds like fun to me!
  13. Be careful... once they go to viola, they never go back. And it is a wonderful thing!
  14. Yup, he is picking theory over viola. He loves the viola but theory is his real love. He analyzes every piece of classical music he hears. He eventually wants to teach at the college level and realizes he will have to get a PhD. But he is just 17 and who knows where life will take him. He has an affinity for solo Bach and seems to play it well. He will be playing a cello suite in church this Sunday. It isn't exactly church music but that what he has chosen to play. He played the third in church last year and will play the first this time. Thanks for your post!
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