Friday, January 20, 2012

Mstislav Rostropovich

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45 years ago Mstislav Rostropovich, perhaps one of the greatest and most innovative cellists in history, graced the stage of Shriver Hall Concert Series in a recital that included Bach's third suite for solo cello, Brahms' E-Minor cello sonata, and Britten's C-Major Sonata. While scouring youtube for inspiring performances, I came across this 90 minute documentary on the life and legend of Slava. Produced by the BBC, the film is chock full of amazing performance, interesting facts, and moving anecdotes - its well worth watching and we hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Advocating for the Arts

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I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a four-day weekend in New York City attending the Chamber Music America conference attending informational sessions, meeting with artists and their agents, and hearing artist showcases. This year's conference was centrally themed on Arts Advocacy with the keynote address presented by Americans for the Arts vice president for policy and research, Randy Cohen. Over the course of an hour, Mr. Cohen made a compelling case for why the arts are such a vital industry contributing considerably to local economies, being the cornerstone of tourism, and improving the communities in which they exist. Over the next couple of blog posts I'll elaborate on this further with the hopes that you may take a few moments to get involved and tell your state and federal representatives why the arts are important to you. If you wish to get involved right away, you can visit the national organization Americans for the Arts at or our local advocacy agency Maryland Citizens for the Arts at

Meanwhile, here is a charming video advertisement that provides food for thought… pun intended….


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Can you tell the difference between a Strad and a new violin?

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Give the gift of music while helping perpetuate one of Baltimore's cultural crown jewels!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

BMA gives string quartet a standing ovation

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Thanks to Barbara Lam from The Johns Hopkins University News-Letter for a great review of the Johannes String Quartet's performance last Saturday - read it here!


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