|ST. LAWRENC STRING QUARTET SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC SEMINAR 2005|
SLSQ Summer Chamber Music Seminar 2005 Group Photo
I'm starting to associate July 4th weekend with the annual St. Lawrence String Quartet Summer Chamber Music Seminar 2005. This year's workshop featured guest faculty members Henk Guittart (viola), Kwang-Wu Kim (piano), Stephen Prutsman (piano), and Peter Stumpf (cello), and special guests Timothy Bergen (luthier), Patrick Heaney (bowmaker), Tamara Bernstein (music writer), and John Lad (taiji master).
As usual, the seminar was great fun (and exhausting!). Coachings upon coachings piled up on top of one another, and by the end of the week we had been pulled by coaches in every musical direction imaginable (and I mean that in the very best way possible :).
Extra events included a chamber orchestra reading, talks about Eugene Lehner, Schoenberg, music writing, and the annual BBQ/music reading party at Ray and Jack's place in Atherton. It was Canada Day on July 1st, and I can't imagine a better way to celebrate it than with a bunch of Canadians playing and singing the national anthem at a barbecue in Atherton.
I also really enjoyed spending time with participants returning from previous years (and, of course, with new participants) -- although I was much less social this year because I had to go home in the evenings to do other work.
I've put a selection of photos below, but you can also see the entire gallery (and purchase prints) by going to my smugmug gallery: [see the entire image gallery]
Last year's image gallery is also available online. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend next year's seminar; I'm already sad about it, and it's still a year away. :(
UPDATE: Program and participant bios available for download [program, microsoft word doc]
Eric Cheng, Cellist (sometimes)
Please leave me a message! (that's to all you participants out there. :)
Special thanks to Sabrina Lee and Julia Greer for being great chamber music partners, Warren Wu and Rachel Goldeen for taking control of my camera a couple of times, Charlotte Lai for being so helpful with everything, and Lesley Robertson and Barbara Greenwood for the majority of the seminar planning.
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