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By KATE COLEMAN | October 16, 2008
If Teresa Gordon had the money for medical school, she probably would have pursued a career as a surgeon. Instead, the 36-year-old Winchester, Va., resident won scholarships and studied violin at Shenandoah Conservatory. She has made a life in music. She began playing in the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's second violin section in 1994, moved away for a while and returned to become a full-time member again seven years ago. "I love music. I love people. It really doesn't matter what I do. I just enjoy whatever I do," Gordon said.
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By KATE COLEMAN | April 17, 2008
Scott and Catherine Nelson met at an audition for the Canton (Ohio) Symphony. They dated for four months, got engaged and were married four months later. After 31 years, they still make beautiful music together. They taught in Ohio public schools and played together in the Akron and Canton, Ohio, symphonies. They earned master's degrees -- Catherine in music education, Scott in trumpet performance -- at College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Scott continued at CCM and earned a doctorate in conducting.
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January 24, 2008
The Ahn Trio 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1 Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. Tickets cost $15 to $30. The Ahn Trio, sisters who play violin, piano and cello, will perform chamber music. For tickets, call 301-600-2828 or go to www.weinbergcenter.org .
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | November 19, 2007
HAGERSTOWN It's not quite clear which was more dizzying to watch, violinist Timothy Fain's nimble fingers during his solo, or the way Fain dipped, swayed and swung as he played. "He was great," said Frank Rohland of Williamsport, who saw Fain perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra on Sunday at The Maryland Theatre. "His interpretation of Prokofiev, I enjoyed it. Sometimes it was a bit exaggerated, how he moved, but his emotion, it was great. " Fain, who played his solo from memory, led Sergey Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, Op. 19 during the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's MasterWorks II concerts this weekend.
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By KATE COLEMAN | November 15, 2007
Timothy Fain performed on the soundtrack of the 2005 film "Bee Season" as the voice of Richard Gere's violin. He has performed onstage at Lincoln Center alongside two New York City Ballet dancers, and he has appeared with dance companies in the U.S. and abroad. In a telephone interview from his New York City home, Fain acknowledged that such opportunities are exciting and important, but he wants to be clear: "I am really, ultimately all about the music. " The music that brings Fain to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra this weekend as guest soloist is Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major.
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By KATE COLEMAN | November 15, 2007
William Stapp is assistant principal violist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He also plays "a lot of violin. " He knows the instrument inside and out. Stapp designs and makes violins in a studio in his home in Frederick, Md., where he and his wife, harpist Astrid Walschot-Stapp, live and teach. Q: How long have you been playing the viola? When did you start? Why? A: I started playing the violin when I was about 7 or 8. As a child, I was just fascinated by the beauty of string instruments.
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By JANET HEIM | November 13, 2007
SMITHSBURG - Michael Baer said he'll miss performing at events like Hollyfest next year when he's away at college. For now, though, he's going to enjoy his fourth and final performance at the annual downtown Hagerstown event, as he plays violin with the Smithsburg High School Orchestra. Hollyfest, which is free to the public, will be Monday at The Maryland Theatre at 7 p.m. The tree lighting in Hagerstown's Public Square will take place at 5 p.m. In addition to Smithsburg High's Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, other performances at Hollyfest will include Tri-State Twirlers Extreme Majorettes, Northern Middle School Orchestra, Dancin' Time Studios and Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company.
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By JANET HEIM | November 12, 2007
SMITHSBURG ? Michael Baer said he'll miss performing at events like Hollyfest next year when he's away at college. For now, though, he's going to enjoy his fourth and final performance at the annual downtown Hagerstown event, as he plays violin with the Smithsburg High School Orchestra. Hollyfest, which is free to the public, will be Monday at The Maryland Theatre at 7 p.m. The tree lighting in Hagerstown's Public Square will take place at 5 p.m. In addition to Smithsburg High's Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, other performances at Hollyfest will include Tri-State Twirlers Extreme Majorettes, Northern Middle School Orchestra, Dancin' Time Studios and Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company.
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October 17, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Cumberland Valley School of Music Community String Orchestra is accepting new members. The orchestra fall schedule calls for four rehearsals and a concert. Participation in the string orchestra is free and open to violin, viola, cello and string bass musicians who are comfortable playing in third position (first violin to fifth position). Rehearsals for the new orchestra are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 18 through Nov. 8, at Wilson College in Thomson Alumnae Chapel.
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