Magical Strings West

Performance Group


Rehearsals

The 2nd tier of Magical Strings West's approach to developing musical proficiency is weekly to bi-weekly group repertoire rehearsals, building the skills required to play in harmony and master the art of performance. Rehearsal is fundamental to developing rhythmic ensemble, correct intonation, and the right "feel" and style; it is a required element of the Magical Strings West program. Group repertoire is held every Saturday morning, alternating weeks between beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced rehearsals. In the week leading up to a local performance, all students participate in near-daily group rehearsals; during a tour, rehearsal are held near-daily between performances.

Local Performances

Magical Strings West provides opportunities throughout the year for its committed young violinists to perform locally for their community. The yearly Spring Concert takes place in May to early June and is a required part of the program. Additional local performances are also highly encouraged. Past performances have been held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, California Academy of Sciences, Stanford Shopping Center, Cubberley Community Center, Oakwood Retirement Community, San Mateo College Theater, Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park, outdoor venues like Palo Alto Park District’s Twilight Concert Series, Mitchell Park Courtyard, and at many local schools and churches including Sacred Heart School in Atherton and the Eagle Theatre at Los Altos High School.

National Concerts & International Tours

Magical Strings West provides opportunities for its committed young violinists to perform at nationally and internationally renowned venues. Venues for past performances and tours include the Crystal Cathedral, LA Children’s Hospital, Segerstrom Concert Hall with the Pacific Symphony and violinist Vadim Gluzman, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Avalon Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island, Disneyland, Chicago’s Symphony Center Orchestra Hall, and a tour through Germany with the Betty Haag Academy. Additionally, Magical Strings West has performed as guest for the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

2021/22 Repertoire

Magical Strings West musical repertoire varies from year to year, with a few "regular" pieces each year. The current lineup includes:

Beginner:

See Saw

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Lightly Row

Song of the Wind

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Children’s Song

May Song

Allegro

Perpetual Motion

Andantino

Bach Minuet 3

Bach Musette

Intermediate:

Handel Bourree

Sound of Music

Over the Rainbow

Corelli Concerto Grosso

Lully Gavotte

Bach Brandenburg Concerto

Advanced:

Vivaldi A Minor

Vivaldi Concerto Grosso (dm)

Bach Double 1st Movement

Csardas by Monti

Sabre Dance

Brahms Hungarian Dance #1

Fiddle Faddle

Bumblebee

Other pieces TBA

Repertoire Pricing

Participating in the Magical Strings West performance group rehearsals and yearly Spring Concert is not only a required element of the program, it can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Magical Strings West musician. Pricing for the performance group, including rehearsals, is seperate from the private lesson fee. Performance group pricing varies from year to year. Please use our Contact Us page to make inquiries.

Additional required expenses associated with the performance group include concert dresses or ties and sheet music. All expenses related to concert tours (participation is not required) are the responsibility of the participating families.