And Now For Something Completely Different: Rushad Eggleston

And Now For Something Completely Different: Rushad Eggleston

Recently our former coworker, David Wong, posted a video of a live performance he saw of Rushad Eggleston and it reminded me of how excited I was the first time I saw Rushad perform in California in 2007. He is someone I think every string player should be aware of because of his unique style.

I had absolutely no idea what I was in for the first time I saw Rushad play and it was an experience I’ll never forget. At the time, I was living in Santa Cruz, California and my boyfriend had dragged me up into the mountains to see the band Crooked Still perform - the band Rushad was playing with at that time. I had never heard of Crooked Still, or Rushad Eggleston, but I fell in love with them instantly. They played a sort of alternative bluegrass/folksy type of music and they blew me away with their energy and their talent as an ensemble. It was immediately apparent, however, that Rushad was on a whole other level, as a musician and as a truly eccentric human being. What I learned with Rushad is that when you watch him perform, you just have to just go with it and let him transport you into his world.

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Rebecca Clarke

"What We're Listening To:" Rebecca Clarke - Sonata for Viola and Piano

Rebecca ClarkeRebecca Clarke was an English composer born in August 1886. At the age of nine, she began to play the violin, and later, during her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, she switched to the viola. She went on to make a living playing viola, and became one of the first female professional orchestral musicians. She often premiered her own compositions in solo recitals, having to use a pseudonym for some, since women were rarely taken seriously as composers. Most of her music has not even been published, or has only been recently published. As a result, the Rebecca Clarke Society was founded in 2000 to promote awareness of Clarke’s works, and has sponsored numerous world premiere performances, recordings, and publications.
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Endre setting the neck on his newest violin

Endre's Latest Work

Endre setting the neck on his new violinThe rumors are true... Endre Fischer is in the process of making a new violin!

There was an overwhelmingly positive response to the last violin Endre made which was sold not long after completion. It was a gorgeous instrument that had a rich and robust tone.

Keep an eye and an ear out for news of when his violin has been completed!
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Thomas A. Ferrara Wins 2019 Photographer of the Year Award

As you may recall, Newsday reporter Kay Blough did a special feature on our very own Charles Rufino which was published in Newsday last April. The article included many wonderful photographs of Charles working in his studio which were taken by...

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Edward Elgar

What We're Listening To: Elgar Cello Concerto

Elgar's Cello Concerto:

Sir Edward William Elgar (1857-1934) was an English composer who wrote pieces such as Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Enigma Variations, and The Dream of Gerontius.

One of his more famous pieces is the Cello Concerto in E minor, Op85, which was composed in 1919 near Fittleworth, Sussex.

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Gioachino Rossini

"What We're Listening To" - Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola Overture

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) was an Italian composer who is best known for writing 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and works for piano. He is best known for his operas Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)La Cenerentola (Cinderella) and French epic Guillaume Tell (William Tell). Rossini began composing in his adolescence and was known as the most popular opera composer in history until he retired in 1829.
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Carl Philip Stamitz

"What We're Listening To": Carl Philipp Stamitz's Viola Concerto in D Major

 Carl Phillipp Stamitz (1745-1801) was a German composer of partial Czech ancestry. His father, Johann Stamitz, was a violinist and composer of the early classical era. During his youth, Carl Stamitz took lessons from his father who was also a violinist and composer of the era. Later, Stamitz gained employment as a violinist in the court orchestra at Mannheim, and then he began to travel as a virtuoso. He would accept short-term performances and engagements, but failed to find a permanent position.
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