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Approach any circle of friends at random and you’ll find common interests. Maybe it’s gaming, or the Marvel or DC universe. Sports could be a common thread. Books, or culinary adventures, perhaps.

When it comes to classical music, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’re the lone student in the group. And that’s fine! But wouldn’t it be fun if your non-musician friends knew more about your passion than your classes, hours of solitary practice, and that you care for your stringed instrument like a mother looks after her newborn?

 

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As someone with a serious appreciation for classical music, chances are you’ve been in the audience for your share of live performances. But, have you experienced a concert in any of the world’s most historic or interesting venues?

Some are architectural and artistic marvels. Others are cultural touchstones with a deep connection to some of classical music’s most brilliant and prolific figures. If visceral experiences are your thing, consider planning some trips to visit these must-see venus. Here’s the list. All you have to do is check them off!

 

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ith more than 600 compositions, including 22 operas, 41 symphonies and 27 piano concertos, the legacy of Mozart’s career is both enduring and endearing. The sad fact that one of the most brilliant composers and musicians the world has ever known lived such a short life – he died in 1791 at age 35 – is tempered somewhat by how prolific he was. Mozart’s work is regarded as among the most accessible to the untrained ear, yet still greatly revered by learned classical string instructors and students.

 

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Among your summer plans, why not pencil in a live concert or two featuring some of the world’s best musicians on viola and bass? There are opportunities across the country at festivals and stand-alone events to hear the music you love interpreted by a diverse lineup of acclaimed soloists and ensembles. The following list can be your guide to enriching your summer with live music:

 

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Thanks to streaming technology, listening to music or watching concert videos has never been easier. We imagine your summer plans include spending quality time in a comfy spot with earbuds or headphones firmly in place, soaking up your favorite recordings.

 

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The best way to learn to play the fiddle is the traditional way people have long learned – by listening to the music and figuring it out by ear.

 

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Summer’s here and the time is right for some serious downtime. And what better way to do that than kicking back and settling in to binge watch some great movies about classical music? To help, we’ve compiled a list of eight titles streaming on either Netflix or Prime.

 

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Think heavy metal and classical music have nothing in common? Read our interview with Eicca Toppinen, lead cellist of the symphonic metal band Apocalyptica, to find out how they intersect.

 

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It's time for an update to our past articles of the best apps for learning to play the violin. You can find our original lists here and here. They are still amazing tools.

 

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Being a member of a string ensemble is a fun, creative, and challenging way to advance your musicianship. If you're not in one yet, consider forming your own string ensemble.

 

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How to Convince My Friends That Classical Music is Cool

How to Convince My Friends That Classical Music is Cool

Approach any circle of friends at random and you’ll find common interests. Maybe it’s gaming, or the Marvel or DC universe. Sports could be a common thread. Books, or culinary adventures, perhaps.

When it comes to classical music, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’re the lone student in the group. And that’s fine! But wouldn’t it be fun if your non-musician friends knew more about your passion than your classes, hours of solitary practice, and that you care for your stringed instrument like a mother looks after her newborn?

 

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10 Musical Venues You Have to See Before You Die

10 Musical Venues You Have to See Before You Die

As someone with a serious appreciation for classical music, chances are you’ve been in the audience for your share of live performances. But, have you experienced a concert in any of the world’s most historic or interesting venues?

Some are architectural and artistic marvels. Others are cultural touchstones with a deep connection to some of classical music’s most brilliant and prolific figures. If visceral experiences are your thing, consider planning some trips to visit these must-see venus. Here’s the list. All you have to do is check them off!

 

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Our List of Favorite Mozart Compositions for a Summer Afternoon

Our List of Favorite Mozart Compositions for a Summer Afternoon

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ith more than 600 compositions, including 22 operas, 41 symphonies and 27 piano concertos, the legacy of Mozart’s career is both enduring and endearing. The sad fact that one of the most brilliant composers and musicians the world has ever known lived such a short life – he died in 1791 at age 35 – is tempered somewhat by how prolific he was. Mozart’s work is regarded as among the most accessible to the untrained ear, yet still greatly revered by learned classical string instructors and students.

 

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Viola and Bass Concerts in Summer 2019 You Won't Want to Miss

Viola and Bass Concerts in Summer 2019 You Won't Want to Miss

Among your summer plans, why not pencil in a live concert or two featuring some of the world’s best musicians on viola and bass? There are opportunities across the country at festivals and stand-alone events to hear the music you love interpreted by a diverse lineup of acclaimed soloists and ensembles. The following list can be your guide to enriching your summer with live music:

 

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10 Summer 2019 Cello Concerts You Won't Want to Miss

10 Summer 2019 Cello Concerts You Won't Want to Miss

Thanks to streaming technology, listening to music or watching concert videos has never been easier. We imagine your summer plans include spending quality time in a comfy spot with earbuds or headphones firmly in place, soaking up your favorite recordings.

 

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13 Popular Compositions for Fiddling Around

13 Popular Compositions for Fiddling Around

The best way to learn to play the fiddle is the traditional way people have long learned – by listening to the music and figuring it out by ear.

 

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Musical Binge Watching on Neflix/Amazon Prime This Summer

Musical Binge Watching on Neflix/Amazon Prime This Summer

Summer’s here and the time is right for some serious downtime. And what better way to do that than kicking back and settling in to binge watch some great movies about classical music? To help, we’ve compiled a list of eight titles streaming on either Netflix or Prime.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Interview with Apocalyptica

StringOvation Exclusive: Interview with Apocalyptica

Think heavy metal and classical music have nothing in common? Read our interview with Eicca Toppinen, lead cellist of the symphonic metal band Apocalyptica, to find out how they intersect.

 

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Best Apps for Learning To Play The Violin: 2019 Update

Best Apps for Learning To Play The Violin: 2019 Update

It's time for an update to our past articles of the best apps for learning to play the violin. You can find our original lists here and here. They are still amazing tools.

 

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How to Market Your String Musical Group

How to Market Your String Musical Group

Being a member of a string ensemble is a fun, creative, and challenging way to advance your musicianship. If you're not in one yet, consider forming your own string ensemble.

 

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