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  1. Lot 48 - AN EXPERIMENTAL VIOLA, LATE 19th CENTURY, Labeled, "27 Boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle Entrée... Baghe 18. Fabrication Violons, Altos, Basses & Archets Stien Vuillaume A Paris.", Sold in its original case.

    Back: in good condition.
    Ribs: in good condition.
    Top: soundpost crack.
    Head: in good condition.
    Varnish: light wear and retouch.

  2. Who:
    Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
    Reuben Blundell, Music Director

    Sunday, February 12, 2017,  3:00 p.m.

    Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
    601 N Lansdowne Ave
    Drexel Hill, PA 19026

    How much: 
    Adults: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $5

    Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
    MacDowell, At the Old Trysting Place 
    Strauss, Four Last Songs, ft. Lisa Willson Denofo
    Cadman, Thunderbird Suite
    Dvorak, Scherzo Capriccioso
    Saint-Saëns, Bacchanale from Samson & Delilah

    I am grateful to my fellow Maestroneters for helping me get the word out about our next concert.

    Best Regards,



    UDPAC Box Office


  3. I also play/am active with our community orchestra.  We are also trying to update our visuals...and I like your concept!  Cute!  Maybe a photo at the end of everyone in full dress as seen from the front row (or something similar?)


    I actually love just being 'in' the middle of orchestra.  When I'm not playing (part of a piece, or an entire piece) it is so cool just to sit there and hear the rest of the orchestra all around you.  Maybe a collage of what you see from different musicians POVs?  So...a bit from the brass...then from the woodwinds...then from percussion...violins, violas, cellos...bass.  It all looks different.  Then finish off with what the conductor sees.


    Just an idea!


    Great!  I will try this - thank you!


  4. Taking advantage of a willing music director, a 15 year old with a Gopro, a great score, and a healthy obsession with all things time lapse, I created what I think is a unique promotional teaser for a local community orchestra. The goal was to create something that was compelling to a broad audience of social media savvy viewers and interesting to watch and listen to even if you've never been to a orchestra concert!


    The soundtrack is a recording of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra performing the first movement of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3, op.26, with student soloist competition winner, Amanda Liu. The fast moving last :36 seconds of the movement perfectly captured the time lapse motion, and we timed the last chord with the “lights out” for maximum effect.


  5. Do you have any more info on the bow/s? There are lots of German bows out there with repairs. If the bow people know what to look for we might be able to locate the thief or viola also.


    Hi Kate -


    Thanks for advice - I posted your question back on fb to see if I can get details on the bow/s.



  6. Passing info along from a fellow violist, Melissa Dunphy, in Philly.  If not posted in the right place, please let me know and I will try to fix.


    "My friend Nancy, a community member of the Penn orchestra, had her house broken into and along with three laptops HER VIOLA WAS STOLEN. I am utterly incensed on her behalf. I'm waiting on a better picture from her so I can post it on every social network I know, because surely if the internet can do anything, it can get this woman's viola back. In the meantime, here are some details from Nancy:

    A viola of French origin, possibly made by Cesar Pons, Paris, ca 1790, bearing a facsimile label: “Giovanni Grancino, Milan, 1696”


    Body length: 40.4 cm
    Upper bout width: 19.2 cm
    Center bout width: 13.4 cm
    Lower bout width: 23.4 cm

    The peg box is distinctive in that the original holes were filled and new holes were drilled. John Safian of NJ did major repairs (gluing seams and cracks) last year, and his name is on the bridge.

    The bow is German and the stick was repaired up near the tip.

    The instrument was stolen Nov 30, 2014, between 6 and 8 PM; its empty case was found abandoned a couple of blocks away the next morning."


    Nancy with viola

  7. Hi Chris,


    That would be shameful. Luckily that's not the case and the problem with load times was disappointingly widespread (again). We're working hard to fix it and need to ask for the benefit of your doubt.


    Your bid will be still be accepted. Please do call or email if you'd like to discuss your concerns! Thanks!





    (212) 307-722


    If Tarisio were my client facing these problems, I would advise them to:

    1. extend the auction - fix the problems.

    2. cancel it - fix the problems.


    Number two would be dependent on how confident they were they could fix the problems quickly.


    Kevin Lawrence

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