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March 07, 2017

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Bidding A Fond Farewell To LIVS Education Coordinator Estefan Cortez

We are sad to say that at the end of this month we will be bidding farewell to our education coordinator Estefan Cortez.

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March 07, 2017

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What We're Listening To: Astor Piazzolla's "Tangazo"



Astor PiazzollaAstor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was an Argentine tango composer and arranger. He revolutionized the tango into a style called nuevo tango, which fuses elements of jazz and classical styles. He incorporates extended harmonies, dissonances, and various textures and sound elements in his works. Biographers have estimated that Piazzolla had written about 3,000 pieces and recorded around 500 of them. He wrote orchestral works, chamber music, solo works, as well as music for film.

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Ask the Violin Doctor - Winter Humidifying Alert

K.J.P. from Deer Park asks:
Do I really need to humidify my instrument?
I never had a problem before and don't like rubber hoses in the soundholes.

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February 07, 2017

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Interviews ›


The LIVS' Own - Samantha Kadisch

Samantha Kadisch has been working for the Long Island Violin shop since 2007. Starting from the age of 15, she was trained to refurbish and repair rental instruments, work with customers on customized repairs, and sell instruments.

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What We're Listening To: Ѐdouard Lalo "Cello Concerto in D minor"



Edouard LaloЀdouard Lalo (1823-1892) was a French composer during the Romantic period. Though he is not one of the more recognizable names in French music, he had a very distinct style which earned him some popularity. One of his most notable works is the Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, which still hold a prominent place in the violin repertoire today.

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What We're Listening To: Giovanni Bottesini "Double Bass Concerto in B Minor"


Giovanni BottesiniGiovanni Bottesini (1821-1889) was an Italian Romantic composer, conductor, and a double bass virtuoso. Bottesini held much acclaim for his mastery – he is often considered the Paganini of the double bass. He contributed so heavily to double bass technique and repertoire, the double bass is now considered a more versatile instrument. Bottesini's innovations allowed composers to utilize the bass in more diverse ways, extending its function and elevating its appreciation.

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The Mohr Bowmaking Workshop - Reflections by Samantha Kadisch

LIVS Bow Expert Samantha KadischSamantha Kadisch, The Long Island Violin Shop’s very own luthier and bow expert, is on a journey to becoming a bow master! We had the opportunity to learn about her experience becoming a bow maker at a recent workshop she attended on the craft of bow making. Take a look at our exclusive interview and, if you’re due, be sure to schedule an appointment for a rehair with Samantha today!

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