Posts Tagged: instrument

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"Her pursuits include: snowboarding, mountain boarding (“a snowboard for grass with rubber tires”), free boarding (“a snowboard for pavement with a middle wheel for carving”), ice skating, rollerblading and mountain biking."

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Most Interesting People | Cincy Magazine

This is from an article in Cincy about 12 of the “Most Interesting People” in Cincinnati— they’re talking about CSO violist Joanne Wojtowicz.

Didn’t even know “mountain boarding” was a thing. 

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"A luthier is someone who makes or repairs lutes and other string instruments. […] The craft of making string instruments, or lutherie, is commonly divided into two main categories: makers of stringed instruments that are plucked or strummed and makers of stringed instruments that are bowed."

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Luthier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Did not know that. 

Caught the word in that article about CT scanning old violins.

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(via John R. Waddle Violins Inc. - The Betts Project)

Meghan shared this awesome link about a group of people trying to replicate  famous instruments using CT scans. 

Once we have obtained CT scans of a violin and have chosen wood that matches the wood of the original, Steve Rossow can carve duplicate parts digitally, using his CNC machine.  A CNC machine is a precision carving machine.  It can carve wood more accurately than a human can.  The next picture shows Stradivari’s beautiful arching being re-created using our new process.

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(via ART DIRECTION: INSTRUMENTS FROM INSIDE on the Behance Network)

Wow. Click through for others. I would love for us to do something like this some day! 

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"Midori plays on the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù “ex-Huberman” violin which is on lifetime loan to her from the Hayashibara Foundation."

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Midori Gotō - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here’s something I’ve learned: even some of the best violinists don’t own their instruments. 

When Ray Chen played Music Hall recently, he mentioned that he had two Stradivarius violins on loan, one of which he won in a competition

Wikipedia has a list of Strads on loan, which fascinates me for some reason. 

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Someone told me that people are drawn to the instrument that most closely matches the timbre of their own voice. 

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  • Question: I haven't been to a classical concert since a field trip in fifth grade. I'm interested in going now, so how do I decide which concert to attend? - fancychickens
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    Aah! Such a big and delicious question! (And one I’ve struggled with too.) 

    In the interest of brevity, I’m going to oversimplify but I’ll come back to this in the future. Here are two suggestions I have: 

    1. At least with the CSO, the season is broken into series. We have three: Masterworks, Boundless and Ascent, and each is meant to cater to showcase different kinds of classical music. Masterworks focuses on the timeless classics; Boundless is about discovering new music and is often where you’ll see work by living composers; Ascent is built around “a night on the town” and often has a superstar soloist. Again I’m oversimplifying but it’s a great place to start. I will come back and cover our Creative Directors in another post. 

    2. Figure out your instrument(s). This may be a very obvious statement for someone who studied music, but I didn’t. If there is an instrument that speaks to you, that narrows down the selection immensely. Almost every concert (of ours) has a piece featuring a soloist. The big two are piano and violin, but in 2012-13 we also have vocal concerts, percussion, alto sax, and a couple of others. If you’re into cello there are also two opportunities in our remaining season, including a world premiere of a Philip Glass cello concerto