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Online Concert Saturday with Rachel Barton Pine and Others Will Benefit Artist Relief Tree Fund

April 2, 2020, 6:58 PM · Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and other musicians including Emanuel Ax will hold a Virtual Benefit Concert at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. PT) on Saturday (April 4) to benefit the Artist Relief Tree, a relief fund created for classical musicians affected by cancellations due to COVID-19.

"The whole purpose is to raise money for artists -- orchestra members whose entire livelihood has been put on hold, free-lance musicians, everyone struggling to keep going and make it during this unprecedented time," Pine said. "Like many people, I've been wanting to find a way to help, and this a is a great opportunity to both help people in need and also to share my music with the public, which I've missed doing for the last few weeks."

Besides Pine, other performers will include pianists Emanuel Ax and Jon Kimura Parker, singer J’Nai Bridges, clarinetist Anthony McGill, harpist Bridget Kibbey, and others, who are all donating their time to benefit their colleagues. They will be performing live from their homes.

For the concert, Pine will play a piece that she arranged last summer, a "A Day at the Ball Park," in which she created a piece out of snippets of music you might hear from the organ at a baseball game. She'll also play a version of Brahms' Lullaby by Albert Spalding. "There's nothing more comforting than a beloved lullaby," she said.

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Interview with Spanish Violist Jesus Rodolfo: Hindemith and FB Live Concert Friday

April 2, 2020, 1:11 PM · Spanish violist Jesus Rodolfo - like many violists - has a deep love for the music of Paul Hindemith.

That is why he will feature the music of Hindemith, as well as a tribute to composer Krysztof Penderecki - this Friday in a free Facebook Live performance from his home in New York City at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT; 8 p.m. Asturias, Spain time). The concert will be live-streamed on's Facebook page and archived here in this interview. Rodolfo will play Hindemith's five-movement Sonata for Viola Solo, Op. 25, No. 1, as well Penderecki's Sarabande for Viola Solo.

A native of Asturias, Spain, Rodolfo lives in New York City and has performed with orchestras around the world. In addition to his recordings of works by Hindemith, later this year Rodolfo will release a recording of selections from Prokofiev’s Ballet Romeo and Juliet, with pianist Min Young Kang.

Earlier this week I talked with Rodolfo about Hindemith and about meeting Penderecki in person. We also talked about his choice of viola over violin and his stunning new viola by Diego del Valle -- and about how social media can keep us together during this time of isolation. Keep reading...

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Fiddler's Favorite Recipes Episode 5: Dayna Anderson's Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 2, 2020, 10:20 AM · For this next Fiddler’s Favorites I asked someone very dear to me who also happens to be an excellent baker. Dayna Anderson was one of my first violin students. She endured me for more than eight years, and we have remained good friends ever since. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Dayna was appointed Concertmaster of Delaware Symphony when she was just 22, and she also has been serving as Assistant Concertmaster of the Grant Park Symphony.

This post is especially meaningful to me because on February 24 Dayna was appointed Assistant Principal Second violin of the National Symphony Orchestra. This was a dream come true, as she now had a job near to her husband Nate Hepler, who is Second Trumpet for Baltimore Symphony. My heart goes out to Dayna and Nate and to the thousands of musicians that are silenced during this crisis. We will all get through this together and certainly a batch of Dayna's amazing cookies will lift our spirits !

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Discovering the Universe of String Vibrations

April 1, 2020, 1:34 PM · I’m no physicist but I have an idea of how the strings and bow hairs interact, and it’s very different now than when I was 10. There is a correlation between what we do with our bows and the sounds we know and love, the warm, lush vibrations that float in the air and fill our hearts. What I know now is inspirational to me, gives me food for thought, and serves as a foundation for lots of experiment. Keep reading...

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