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Lara Downes talks with Regina Carter.

A Melting Pot Of Traditions: Violinist Regina Carter Talks With Lara Downes

When Duke Ellington famously coined the phrase “beyond category,” he was talking about freedom — of choice, of expression, of belonging. He meant following your heart and your instincts into an artistic territory without borders. And that’s the place where violinist Regina Carter makes her home. Continue Reading A Melting Pot Of Traditions: Violinist Regina Carter Talks With Lara Downes

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Johann Sebastian Bach playing the organ, not the lautenwerck, circa 1725. From a print in the British Museum. Rischgitz/Getty Images

Bach’s Favorite Instrument You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: The Long-Lost Lautenwerck

No lautenwerks survived the 19th century. Picture extremely delicate harpsichords — in fact, lautenwercks are alternately called lute-harpsichords. Their strings are made of guts, originally from sheep (like lutes), which gives lautenwercks a warm, intimate tone distinct from brassy, metal-strung harpsichords. Continue Reading Bach’s Favorite Instrument You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: The Long-Lost Lautenwerck

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Women’s History Music Moment: Toby Saks

The chamber music impresaria Toby Saks became a legend in the music life of the Pacific Northwest. She began her career in New York: she earned awards as a teenage cellist; she played in the New York Philharmonic in her 20s. She moved out west to join the faculty of the University of Washington School of Music, and soon gathered a group of classical music supporters to launch the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. Continue Reading Women’s History Music Moment: Toby Saks

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