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Archive for September 30, 2013

Those Radical Juilliards

Juilliard String Quartet, photo by Steven J. Sherman

Long before they were known as one of the top quartets, there was something different, something edgy about the Juilliard String Quartet. It’s hard to think back to what that might have been like; their style defined a generation of string quartet playing, and shaped the genre as we know it today

Playing Music Isn’t Enough

Jessie Montgomery of the Catalyst Quartet

Whether it’s fighting for equal treatment, equal opportunity, or just trying to understand someone else, most people struggle with diversity in our society. Classical musicians are accustomed to diversity, they don’t necessarily even speak the same language as some of the people they play with, but they’ve all experienced one type of prejudice: prevailing stereotypes toward classical music can leave a player feeling pretty bruised