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Achieving even bow pressure from frog to tip involves using proper grip, finger pressure, and arm rotation.

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David Finckel performed four concert with the Emerson Quartet for the Chicago Symphony’s Dvorak Festival, sharing concerts with the orchestra. During the residency, the quartet performed Dvorak’s quartets Opp. 51, 96 and 106, as well as the Piano Quintet with Jeffrey Kahane, and the viola Quintet with Paul Neubauer.

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in David’s words…
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I’ve spent the last four days in Chicago with the Emerson Quartet, participating in the Chicago Symphony’s Dvorak Festival. The orchestra has annual composer festivals and invited us to play string quartets – Op. 51, 106, 96 and the Cypresses – and quintets, the ones for viola and the famous piano quintet. We were joined by violist Paul Neubauer and pianist Jeffrey Kahane.

The concerts were held in the Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, a really magnificent venue that feels more intimate than Carnegie but apparently has as many seats. In two of our concerts, we played the first halves of the concerts and the orchestra played the second halves.

On Tuesday we got to play a free noon-time concert across the street in the auditorium of the Art Institute.

Simon McBurney, the actor and director of the theater company Complicite (Noise of Time/Shostakovich piece with the ESQ) showed up to visit his brother Gerard who is lecturer-in-residence, with the Chicago Symphony where he created the now-famous Beyond the Score series. Backstage, Simon met Jeffrey Kahane for the first time, together with Gerard (right).

-David

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