"Thankful for Music Education" - By Christine Suter

Thankful for Music Education
By Christine Suter

NY is a state that has always had many strong school orchestra programs and for that reason I’m thankful to have grown up here. Even though it seems like a million years ago, I can still remember when I was in third grade and the sixth grade orchestra played a concert for us in our school gymnasium. After the concert the conductor demonstrated for us how each instrument was played and how it sounded. We were then invited to sign up to learn how to play one of the instruments and I immediately chose the violin. I was lucky in that playing the violin came naturally to me and I was always able to play songs by ear. I also remember that I always wanted to play everything faster than it was meant to played, which is probably why I love fiddle music so much.

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"What We're Listening To" - Alexander Borodin's String Quartet No. 2

Alexander Borodin was a Russian composer during the Romantic era. He was a multifaceted individual: doctor, chemist, women’s rights advocate, and composer. He studied chemistry at the Medical-Surgical Academy in St. Petersburg, and later took a job as a chemistry professor. Later in his career of advocacy, he established medical courses for women and founded the School of Medicine for Women. He began his hobby of composing in his teens, and played the piano and taught himself the cello. Upon starting formal composition studies, he became part of the Mighty Five, a group of five Russian composers consisting of his teacher Mily Balakirev, Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and himself. The Mighty Five sought to create a unique Russian form of classical music, instead of assimilating with the standard Western European style.

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"What We're Listening To" - Zoltán Kodály's Duo for Violin and Cello

Zoltán Kodály (1882 -1967) was a famous Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and pedagogue who was known internationally for having created the Kodály Method of teaching music.                                                                                                                                                Kodály was born in Kecskemét, Hungary (formely Austria) and learned to play the violin as a child. In 1902 he began studying composition at a university in Budapest and in 1905 he traveled to remote Hungarian villages to collect folk songs and record them on phonograph cylinders. He wrote a thesis titled: “Strophic Construction in Hungarian Folksong. “ A year later he met and befriended Béla Bartók, whom he introduce to his method in collecting folk songs and with him published editions of folk songs between 1906 and 1921.

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October 02, 2018


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LIVS Smithtown Grand Opening Celebration

Greetings from The Long Island Violin Shop!

We invite you to join us for our 

Grand Opening Celebration

at our new Smithtown location.

Our new store is located at 23 Main Street in Smithtown, NY.

The Celebration will take place

Friday October 19thfrom 4:30 to 6:30pm.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5pm.

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September 01, 2018


"What We're Listening To" - John Rutter's Suite for Strings

John Rutter is a British composer. He attended and then served as director of music at Clare College in Cambridge and led the choir to international prominence. In 1980, Rutter was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and in 1981 he founded the Cambridge Singers. He was also named Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians and received a Lambert Doctorate of Music from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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"What We're Listening To" - Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor

Henryk WieniawskiHenryk Wieniawski was a Polish violinist and composer. He began playing the violin when he was young and was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire at age nine, despite not being French. After graduating from the Conservatoire, he toured extensively and published his first piece of music at the age of twelve. He moved to St. Petersburg in his mid-twenties, where he taught violin and performed as well. A decade later, he took a position as a violin professor in Brussels. Throughout his career as a composer, he wrote many works for violin, including a book of 10 études that has become a standard work of study for aspiring violinists. His legacy lives on in many ways, including a violin competition named for him, the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.

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The Art and Lore of the Violin: A Presentation by Charles Rufino

The Art and Lore of the Violin
A Presentation by Charles Rufino
Thursday, August 2nd, 7pm
at The South Huntington Public Library
Master Violin Maker Charles Rufino has delighted audiences for years with his witty and enlightening illustrated lecture, The Art and Lore of the Violin, a  journey through time and cultural history, illuminating the early history of the violin and how its development interacted with social and cultural forces. Many rare, beautiful and hard-to-find images illustrate the development of the King of Instruments and provide iconographic evidence of its growth. Mr. Rufino brings his lifelong study and passion for the violin, music, and art to his presentation, which is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

This presentation is free of charge and will be open to the public, no registration required. For more details, please visit the South Huntington Public Library web page at:

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