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Bench MARKS

Magazine article Strings

Bench MARKS

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Food for All

The League of American Orchestras has taken a cue from the upcoming movie The Soloist, which chronicles the relationship between a newsman and a homeless cellist. More than 165 orchestras In 46 states were working with the Feeding America and Participant Media organizations to launch a massive, two-day food drive at the end of March. More than 200 food banks and 63,000 agencies were to receive aid.

Technical Difficulties

Russian violist YURI BASHMET knows how to keep calm under pressure. During a televised performance in Italy, the tailpiece broke and the bridge collapsed on the 1758 "Carlo Testori" viola that Bashmet was playing. Bashmet shrugged and continued the performance with the first-violist's instrument. The Testori was set to receive repairs.

Wee Cellists

STEVEN ISSERLIS, who has written children's books, is backing a new website for young cellists called littlecellist.com. The colorful site includes cello games, videos, concert and class listings, and a section where kids can submit poems, drawings, jokes, and compositions.

Keep on Truckin'

A violinist whose left elbow was badly injured in a trucking accident gave a concert at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital as a way of expressing his gratitude to the doctors who saved his arm.

Truck driver KEN WOLLBERG, 58, who is both a violinist and violist with a master's degree in viola performance from the University of Iowa, told the Associated Press it took months of rehabilitation to get back to playing.

Keep It Classical

Gramophone has begun publishing a new classical chart that cuts out the crossovers. …

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