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To Have And To Hold...

Masumi Per Rostad | Posted 07.28.2016 | Arts
Masumi Per Rostad

When the experts look at my new viola there is a common sequence of expression. The first glance is cursory, the second is confused, the third is indignant disbelief, but the final stare is that of a connoisseur's appreciation of rare beauty.

The Magic of Music

New England Conservatory | Posted 06.03.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

We know the power of artistic expression, and we know that music is essential to life, growth and our well-being, but do we really know how to share this gift of music?

Post-Hope America Opens Pandora's Box

Christen Lien | Posted 12.29.2016 | Arts
Christen Lien

We are entering the most hopeful time of year; a time when goals, dreams and vision matter. It's the time when new beginnings -- or at least the idea of them -- have us feeling inspired and motivated.

Going Wild On The World's Most Expensive Instrument

The Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 03.27.2014 | Arts

Stradivari's "MacDonald" viola, poised to make history as the most expensive instrument in the world, has three bodyguards and its own white-gloved ha...

Love and Respect

Masumi Per Rostad | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
Masumi Per Rostad

"Masumi! Stop abusing your viola and play with more deliciousness!" My viola mother, Karen Tuttle -- who smacked students soundly on their butts in master classes -- taught me to cherish my relationship with my viola and to treat it with love and respect.

What I Learned About Busking, Entrepreneurship and the Viola From Wendy Yates

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Busking -- playing music or improvising in the streets and other public places -- is a fascinating and beautiful tradition that dates back to antiquity. So, it was only fitting that I got my own introduction to this art form on the breathtaking streets of Florence.

Shop(ping) Talk

Masumi Per Rostad | Posted 08.07.2013 | Arts
Masumi Per Rostad

I went to yet another violin shop this weekend. The fine violin shop cliche is a beautiful space in a prime location with oriental rugs and antiques peppered throughout.

The Sensual Viola: The Hunt Begins

Masumi Per Rostad | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Masumi Per Rostad

I must be crazy. I know that I have a great fiddle but, somehow, 11 years later, I also know that this isn't my final instrument. I am looking for my own beautiful Guad like Bernie still dreams about. I am looking for my final viola...

The 9 Most Awkward Cellphone Fails

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 02.25.2012 | Technology

Whether you're giving a speech, performing a monologue, or playing a concert, getting thrown off by an obnoxiously loud cellphone ring is almost never...

Chua, Baby

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

While my self-esteem couldn't be detected by an atomic microscope, I did regard myself as a sure thing in some future Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog eating contest.

Insider: What It's Like To Play For Gustavo

Dana Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Dana Hansen

Playing for Gustavo Dudamel requires a ton of energy. Whether you're in a rehearsal or a concert, he asks for every ounce of musicianship you have in you, at all times. His energy seems boundless.

Investing in Haitian Women: A Hand-Up Approach to Rebuilding Haiti

Kari Stoever | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kari Stoever

While resources are critical to support emergency relief efforts in Haiti, the bigger challenges are in finding sustainable long-term solutions that empower the Haitians to rebuild their country.