Lyrical Links

Violas and Music Directors

  • Famed violist Michael Tree throws out some ideas on how to differentiate viola playing from violin playing.
  • Remember the Stradivarius viola that was reportedly going to sell for $45 million, but never did? The violist who showcased it for the auction gives us his thoughts on what it was like to play the instrument, and why it didn’t sell.
  • Not everyone gets to be a Pablo Casals and champion a humanitarian cause at all costs. Anthony Tommasini investigates the current political positions of Gustavo Dudamel and Valery Gergiev, and details the complexity of their choices.
  • Following the abrupt end of Arild Remmereit’s tenure, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra names 31-year-old Ward Stare their new music director.

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