Magazine article Strings

ViolaFest

Magazine article Strings

ViolaFest

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STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA-It may be a corny title, but it sums up the weekend pretty well. ViolaFest began on Friday, November 19th, in the Penn State School Of Music recital hall. Any time a group of violists get together it is likely to be a festive occasion (jokes not withstanding), and this was no exception. More than 200 attendees came from all kinds of backgrounds and places: there were students, teachers, amateurs, and professionals, and even a few non-violists!

Originally it had been planned as quite a small-scale local project, but ViolaFest took on a life of its own as people heard about it and wanted to he involved. My initial fear, "nobody is going to come," was replaced during the weeks immediately preceding the festival by "how on earth are we going to cope with everybody?" Luckily, violists tend to be pretty laid-back people, and there was a wonderful air of collegiality and enthusiasm throughout the weekend.

Guest artists Yizhak Schotten and Katherine Collier kicked off the performances, and over the next day and a half a wide range of activities took place. Exhibitors displayed instruments, bows, sheet music, and accessories in rooms next to the recital hall. During the breaks between sessions there was always a cacophony of "Arpeggione" sonatas, Bach Cello suits, Brahms sonatas, and Bartok concertos spilling out into the hallway. Recitals featured professors, orchestra players, professional violists from around the Country, and even an ensemble made Lip of students from several regional elementary and junior and senior high schools. Performances included premieres of new works by students and professionals.

In addition to the recitals, there were a number of clinics. Four students from nearby colleges and conservatories performed in an animated and enlightening master class given bN Schotten. "Flow to Choose a Viola" involved a panel discussion, followed by a brief performance of several short excerpts on about a dozen instruments, all provided by ViolaFest exhibitors. …

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