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Watch the Winning Performances from SHAR's 2013 Quartet Competition

Friday, May 05, 2013

Each year, SHAR holds a string quartet competition for high school students. We get applicants from all over the state of Michigan; typically, these applicants represent up to a dozen high schools and youth orchestras. We divide the quartets into two…

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Letters from a Violinist: Mendelssohn's Octet

Tuesday, April 04, 2012
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Letters to a Violinist: Mendelssohn's Octet

Friday, March 03, 2012

What are we actually hearing when we listen to classical music? In a new series of blog entries, our resident violinist Alberta Barnes will assign our resident writer Joe Chapman (and classical music novice) a work by a famous composer. Joe's letters…

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Does Classical Music Belong in a Bar?

Wednesday, March 03, 2012

One of my favorite bars in Ann Arbor is Old Town Tavern: it's laid-back, unpretentious, and while the food isn't anything to write home about, it's decent bar fare. The drinks are reasonably priced, but not so cheap that you get college students…

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