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As hard as can be: Bartók’s viola concerto

As hard as can be: Bartók’s viola concerto

All too often, the viola gets a bad rap, and for no good reason. In the right hands, it can sing just as beautifully as the other members of the string family. Philipp Triggs reminds us that it can have a powerful role in the orchestra that makes it indispensable.   ...

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Double bass: foundation AND solo instrument!

Double bass: foundation AND solo instrument!

New West Symphony double bass player and Team Strings member Mark Wallace presents his instrument, which tends not to get much attention. While you may not always think about it in the concert hall, you definitely feel it. And more recently, the double bass has become...

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The oboe, oh boy!

The oboe, oh boy!

The oboe is another strong member of the Woodwinds section. Some people might confuse it with the clarinet, but it's a very unique instrument. New West Symphony principal oboist Lara Wickes helps us get more familiar with the instrument.  ...

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The harp: how many strings?

The harp: how many strings?

It's not just the national symbol of Ireland. The harp has existed in some form for over 5,000 years, and it's still seen today in the concert hall. It's easy to see why it's on Team Strings - they can have up to 47 strings! Harp technique is unlike any other...

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See you bassoon!

See you bassoon!

Maybe you don't think about the bassoon all that often, but it has stand-out moments in much of your favorite music, from the opening of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring to the music for Harry Potter: The Sorcerer's Apprentice. New West Symphony bassoonist Duncan Massey...

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