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Astoria Characters: The Guys With the Great Garden

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.22.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

People stop and stare and hold their babbling babies up to the wrought-iron railing. It's not every day you see a koi pond on Ditmars Boulevard. Or a garden that looks as though it outgrew Architectural Digest.

What I Learned From My Dad

Andrea Meyer | Posted 06.12.2014 | Parents
Andrea Meyer

His slight inaccessibility was probably a big part of what made my sister and me adore him as he did. He was good-looking, smart, talented and hard-to-get -- what more could a young girl want?

These Violinists Broke Out In Musical Protest On The Tarmac After Being Booted From Flight

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.29.2014 | Good News

Forget snakes. On this plane, it's violins that have people treble-ing. Seriously. Musicians Nicolas Kendall and Zach De Pue were kicked off a U...

Lindsey Stirling: The Phenom with the Violin

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 07.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marcus T. Wright

Nominated for a Billboard Music Award in the same category as Lady Gaga and Daft Punk. Shined in a harmonious duet with John Legend. Closing in on 4....

The Sound of Music in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

The break-up of Czechoslovakia was generally amicable. Two-third of everything went to the Czech Republic and one-third to Slovakia, the formula based on the relative populations.

What's Your Story?

Stuart Gunter | Posted 06.14.2014 | Entertainment
Stuart Gunter

So, Chris, what's your story? I'm an auricular raconteur and sonic archeologist. I listen to old 78s that were recorded before our parents were born,...

You Won't Believe What This $15 Thrift Store Purchase Is Worth

Aimee Heckel | Posted 06.09.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

You might call it shopping. My husband thinks it's hoarding. I call it gambling. And I'm addicted.

Itzhak Perlman: 'Teaching Is Essential' For My Success

Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.27.2014 | Arts

Grammies, a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts -- you name it, violinist Itzhak Perlman's won it. Now 68, Perlman started playing the ...

A Russian-American Love Story

Briana Murphy | Posted 05.26.2014 | Arts
Briana Murphy

I've been saying "he," and after learning and performing this sonata, I can quite truthfully say that I am in love with Shostakovich. But in reality, this love story is about loving difference.

String Cover Of 'Happy' Is Too Perfect For International Day of Happiness

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Entertainment

Today is International Day of Happiness. Coincidentally, there happens to be a very popular song by Pharrell Williams practically everywhere right now...

Beyonce's 'Drunk In Love' Made Classic With A Violin Loop Cover

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment

When violinist David Wong isn't performing alongside one of our absolute favorite groups, Postmodern Jukebox, transforming modern pop music into style...

Diplomacy

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 05.07.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Works of art in dark times have often reminded us of our best. It is important to document and reinforce the human spirit when there seems to be so little of it in the world.

Recovered Violin Confirmed As Stolen Stradivarius

AP | Posted 02.06.2014 | Arts

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The rare multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last month from a concert violinist in Wisconsin has been recovered, police...

WATCH: Phenomenal Violin Loop Cover Of Ellie Goulding's 'Burn'

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The use of live looping within music is an art form that takes some serious skill and finesse to pull off. Luckily, those happen to be two things that...

This Famous Stolen Violin Sold For Jaw-Dropping Price

AP | Posted 12.18.2013 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — An antique Stradivarius violin that was stolen from its owner at a London railway station in 2010 has fetched almost 1.4 million pound...

In Defense of Violin Music

James Ehnes | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
James Ehnes

There is a double-standard in the music world when Liszt's E-flat piano concerto is played regularly but Wieniawski's D-minor violin concerto is not; where Bellini and Donizetti are heard year after year at the Metropolitan Opera but Sarasate's Ziguenerweisen is not heard next door at the New York Philharmonic for 40 years.

Dove Tales: Amanda Shires Is Learning to Fly Like a Bird

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.04.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

If Amanda Shires is the perfect example of writing what you know, there just might be a box set equivalent of James Joyce's greatest hits waiting just...

Scientist, Soprano Team Up To Test Theory About Violins

Posted 03.31.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/29/2013 11:12 AM EDT on LiveScience Virtuosos who describe the singing voice of a violin ma...

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...

Are the "Great" Violins Really So Great?

James Ehnes | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
James Ehnes

There has been a lot of debate in recent years over what makes a violin special. Are the great old Italian violins really better than instruments by modern makers? If so, why? And by how much?

Curtis M. Wong

Meet The All-Gay String Quartet That Has Taken NYC And P-Town By Storm

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.20.2013 | Gay Voices

The four boys of “Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet” know their chiseled torsos and matinee idol faces make them seem like an inspired novel...

The Sound of Peace: Musical Reflections in Honor of MLK Jr. Day

Suna Senman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Arts
Suna Senman

While Ben-Ari's sound of bridge-building primarily comes through her violin, she has meaningful words to share as well -- reflecting that peace is both an inner state of being and a political expression.

Highlights From the Dinner Party With Peter Sagal

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.18.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

As I plan for the January 28th Dinner Party, I am still getting comments on the last Dinner Party with guests Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell M...

Astoria Characters: The Music Man

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.26.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

George Phillips, a fire hydrant with Einstein's frizzled hair, is the owner of Astoria Music, but it's more fitting to call him a one-man band because ever since he took over the shop three decades ago, he's remained its one and only employee.

Limon and Magloire: A Study in Contrasts

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.18.2012 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

This past week I had the pleasure of attending two very different performances that highlighted the diversity and richness of New York's dance culture.