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April 28
Can You Guess?
A concertmaster is the violinist who sits at the very first stand of violins, closest to the audience.  He is viewed as the number 1 violin in the orchestra.  The assistant concertmaster is the second chair, first violin.  Can You Guess where the assistant concertmaster sits?

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1892 - First performance of Dvorak's In Nature's Realm   Overture.

1940 - Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded Pennsylvania 6-5000.

1943 - Jeffrey Tate, English composer, was born.

1948 - First performance of Igor Stravinsky's ballet Orpheus.  

1990 - Broadway show A Chorus Line closed after 6,137 performances before more than 6.5 million people.

1992 - Death of French composer Olivier Massiaen
"King of Concertmasters" is a title that has been applied to violinist Steven Staryk, who was born on this date in 1932.

The concertmaster is the first chair, first violinist in an orchestra.  He is often thought of as the best violinist in the orchestra, and he has various responsibilities concerning the way the orchestra plays, all the way down to the final tuning immediately before the concert.
Violinist Steven Staryk
Steven Staryk
1932-
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Even though the second chair of a section should sit next to the first chair, the assistant concertmaster sits immediately behind the concertmaster, so that he is easily seen by the audience as well.
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Steven Staryk's Music
Staryk began violin studies with John Moskalyk at age 6.  He continued with Elie Spivak, Chris Dafeff, John Dembeck, Albert Pratz and in New York with Mischa Mischakoff, Oscar Shumsky, and Alexander Schneider. When Staryk was just 14 he made his recital debut for CBC radio, and at 17 he performed Paganini's Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Cons Orchestra in Massey Hall.

Mr. Staryk has been the concertmaster of FOUR major orchestras:
  The Royal Philharmonic of London
    (the youngest in their history)
  The Amsterdam Concertgebouw
  The Chicago Symphony
  The Toronto Symphony

In addition to playing, he has starred in a Canadian Broadcast Corporation production of the life of Vivaldi.

Mr. Staryk has now joined the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle as a Professor of Violin.  He says that, "In performing you are re-creating, but in teaching you are creating." 

He won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995.  One of his students states, "I have not come across a more competent, challenging and thought-provoking mentor in all my years of study."
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