High School Honors Recital

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As part of their Classical Series, the Ross Ragland Theater hosts the High School Honors Recital, where students get the opportunity perform solos on stage in front of an audience. To perform in this event, the student must be recommended to be there.


These are some of the best musicians you will see in town, performing on everything from instruments to singing. So go out and show them all of the support that you can! You won’t regret it.

Tickets are $15 to view all the performers, buy them HERE

Join us for the annual High School Honors Recital that showcases the best classical students in the Basin!
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KUHS Orchestra and Choir Concert – March 17

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On March 17th, the KU orchestras and the advanced choirs will be performing at Mills Elementary at 7:30pm. These concerts are free, so go and watch these students perform, it is more than worth your time to do so.

I don’t know what they will be performing this time, but it will likely be similar if not exactly what they will be performing at their contests coming up. The Orchestra specifically is going to Ashland for the SOMEA contest on the 19th.

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Chamber Orchestra Kremlin – March 8

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About Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highly-acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.

Read more from their website kremlinontour.com.

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KU Playathon at Fred Meyers

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On occasion, KU organizes what we call a Playathon. This year, they will be playing at Fred Meyers on March 2nd from 12pm to 6pm, likely in the furniture section like they have in the past.


What is a Playathon

The Playathon gives a group like the KU Orchestra the opportunity to get in and playing where there is a lot of foot traffic. By doing this, a lot more people get exposed to the orchestra and music they wouldn’t otherwise hear. It is a great fundraising opportunity for any group that would like to organize something like this.

Where Will KU Be?

In the past, KU has been in the furniture department, while also playing in various other parts of the store in smaller groups. It’s probably a pretty safe assumption that they will be in the same place again. It’s a good place for the musicians to lay out their cases so that they are out of the way and safe, usually there is also a healthy number of people walking through that area.

What Will They Be Playing?

Whatever they want! There will be quartets playing their own music. They will also play music from the normal KU orchestra group, and there might potentially be some solos to listen to.

Who Should Go?

Well… Everybody! Head over there, especially if you have any shopping to do, watch them for a bit, and if you are feeling really charitable, throw in a few dollars. Every little bit helps a program like the one we have in Klamath Falls, just being there and showing your support helps. However, it is a fundraiser, so every little dollar helps as well.

Update

The times for this even will be 12pm to 6pm.

KU Chamber Orchestra and the Klamath Symphony, February 22nd

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The KU Chamber Orchestra, led by Brent Hakanson, and the Klamath Symphony will be performing at the Ross Ragland Theater this Saturday the 22nd. A couple of the numbers being played will be a Mozart Symphony and a Weber Concertino.

As stated before, the concert will be at the Ross Ragland Theater

 

General Admission
$10

 

That is not a price you can beat for any performance. I highly recommend going to this concert.

Other Performances

The Coats - Nationally touring artists, The Coats are the Pacific Northwest’s premiere a cappella band. They have performed for MDA benefits, the Susan G. Komen foundation, high schools, colleges, fairs, and community centers across the country, the President of the United States, and have shared the stage with dozens of acts as vastly different as Gallagher, The Beach Boys, Jay Leno, Trisha Yearwood, and Eddie Money.

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More Fun, Less Bussiness

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I have yet again decided to add a new even simpler theme for the website. There are a number of reasons for this which I will try to cover vaguely.

Less Time Commitment

I am currently working multiple jobs and do not have the time to maintain a full featured website. By keeping this to a post based site, I can spend more time just keeping news posts coming out, or just some fun posts!

More Fun, Less Business

Yes, I am a business. But, I would like to have a website that is more fun, less business oriented, and more informative in general. By keeping a post based site, I believe that it can be more of all these things. It will also give me a better opportunity to interact with all of you!

So pitch in, and let me know what you would like to see in more posts. If there is information you would like to post here yourself, contact me at aernst@ernststringshop.com, or message me on twitter/facebook.

Offer through the rest of September!

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Through the rest of September, if you order one set of strings, get another set Half Off!

 

If you have any questions, ask here, call, or message on facebook.

Are you ready for the school year?

Ready for School?

There are a lot of things to think about before getting into the school year. The last thing you want is to walk in without the necessary equipment and get left behind.

 

First Step

Take your instrument out of the case and look it over to see if there are any open seams on the instrument.

Open Seam

 

Then look to see if there are any cracks in the instrument, especially ones that are close to the bridge or soundpost. If there are any cracks near the bridge or soundpost, loosen the strings to reduce the chance of making it worse.

Top Crack

 

These problems on the instrument can quickly become very bad and make the instrument unplayable.

 

Bow

Do you have enough hair on your bow, or is it warped?

It is very common for elementary level students to forget to loosen their bows before they put them back in their cases, which can lead to warping of the bow. You can tell if it is warped by holding the bow by the frog end and pointing the stick away from you, and looking straight down the stick to the other end.

The next thing is to look at the hair itself. Is it still white? Is there enough hair on the bow? Often times the hair will get a little discoloration down by the frog where your thumb will touch the hair, this is normal and not really something to be concerned about. If the discoloration spreads throughout the rest of the hair, then you may want to have it rehaired. With many bows and players, hair will gradually break off over time. When enough hair has fallen off, it can be hard to play, and even bad for your bow. This is another time you should consider having your bow rehaired.

 

Accessories

Go through your accessories:

  • Rosin
  • Shoulder Rest
  • Cleaner
  • Mute
  • Endpin Anchor (For Cello and Bass)

Rosin - If your case ever gets left in the car in hot weather, one of the first things that can happen is the rosin will melt and crack into pieces. When it cracks into pieces, it gets scattered everywhere in the case and makes a mess. This can be really bad if it get’s on the varnish of the instrument. You also need to make sure you have rosin for class.

Shoulder Rest – Look at the arms that hold the shoulder rest on the instrument. Is the rubber intact, or is it falling apart? If it is falling apart, it can scrape and tear apart the sides of your instrument. If you are wanting to upgrade your shoulder rest, make sure you get one that fits you and your instrument. Not every person will like the same shoulder rest.

Cleaner – Be careful with the cleaners and polishers, some of them are very oily and can get everywhere. Especially if they get hot and explode. The first thing to make sure you have is a good cloth to wipe your instrument with. The priority is getting the rosin off of the varnish. When rosin sits on the varnish too long, it can ruin it. After you have wiped off all the rosin from the varnish, you can then use a cleaner to clean up any remaining residue. This doesn’t need to be done every day, just occasionally as needed.

Mute – Mutes are very easy to lose. They are small and often times fall off of the instrument. Don’t be the one person in class missing one of these when you need one.

Endpin Anchor – The easiest anchor to deal with is the kind that attaches to the leg of a chair. But there are others that look like discs and can just be thrown anywhere and just sticks to the floor (Most of the time). These anchors help with two main things: they keep the instrument from sliding when you are on hard and slick surfaces, and keep the floor from getting scratched up if you have a sharp endpin. Endpins with a rubber end on them do the same thing, however, they do not always keep the cello from slipping as well as you might think.