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Week in Review: Summer of Change, Op. 9

August 3, 2020, 7:45 PM · You’ve heard of the three B’s? Well, how about the three P’s? Perlman, Podger, and Perruchon. This week, we travel to Itzhak Perlman’s virtual music program and then onto a virtual masterclass with baroque violinist Rachel Podger. Heading to Germany, we get some absolutely wild dance music from two members of the Berlin Philharmonic. In a "how did I miss this?" moment, we go back in time to a virtual July 4th celebration, complete with virtuosic fireworks. And, in case you’ve lost hope these days, your spirits will be lifted by a group of string-playing youngsters who literally bring their music to those in isolation.


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BBC Proms - A Personal Retrospective

August 2, 2020, 10:19 PM · The BBC Proms 2020 have been under way for a few weeks now, and this year the British festival has taken a different approach due to the pandemic. I know the team had been hurriedly trying to plan the Proms this year, hoping for the best with the virus. While they weren't even able to publish the Festival Guide, they did come up with a plan. For the first six weeks (starting July 17), they are broadcasting on Radio 3 highlights from past Proms seasons from the BBC's archives, and for the final weeks of the Proms (starting August 28), they are planning to open the doors of the Royal Albert Hall for live performances. Inspired by the Proms' delving back into their archives, I thought it would be fun to leaf back through some of my past blog posts (and check in my written journal) for some of my personal highlights from the Proms that I have heard in the past.

BBC Proms 2011 - Film Night:

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Watch Gilharmonic on Violinist.com, Ep. 8 Sunday, with Gil Shaham and Vijay Gupta

July 31, 2020, 5:31 PM · It's the last show of the summer! I have had a wonderful time, working with violinist Gil Shaham to bring you Gilharmonic on Violinist.com -- the happiest hour of live violin talk online! Gil's idea to spread some cheer during this global pandemic has allowed us to work with more than a dozen students from all over the U.S., as well as share the amazing talents of violinist guests from all over the world, including: Jason Anick, Elena Urioste, Tessa Lark, Roberts Balanas, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Roby Lakatos, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Stuart Duncan, the Stars Aligned Siblings - and this Sunday, Vijay Gupta!

So please enjoy our last show of the summer: Watch it live here at 11 a.m. Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. in London on Sunday. And tell your friends!

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V.com weekend vote: About how long was your longest practice streak?

July 31, 2020, 4:44 PM · What is your longest practice streak? Was it linked to a goal, such as an audition, performance or the desire to conquer a certain piece of music? Do you have a hard time getting on the practice train? What has helped, when you have hit a practice slump? Please pick the best answer for you, and then tell us any advice, experience or encouragement you would like to share about practice!


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