Gordon Hallberg: Blog https://gordonhallberg.com/blog en-us (C) 2023 Gordon Hallberg [email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) Tue, 03 Oct 2023 01:25:00 GMT Tue, 03 Oct 2023 01:25:00 GMT Medieval, Renaissance Music--MUSIC FOR YOUNG EARS https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/10/medieval-renaissance-music--music-for-young-ears For the first GREAT MUSIC FOR YOUNG EARS concert of the ’23 ’24 season, Priscilla assembled a dedicated group of singers to perform vocal music from Medieval and Renaissance periods of music. The group performed for the Dolores Gonzales, Chazmira and Painted Sky Elementary public schools followed by a Family Concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Music on the concert included Medieval composers, Hildegarde von Bingham and Guillaume Duffy as well as the famous Anonymous. And, from the Renaissance Period music by Josquin des Prez, Thomas Morley and John Dowland.

Select photo for more photos and videos.

Medieval and Renaissance Music for Schools.

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/10/medieval-renaissance-music--music-for-young-ears Mon, 02 Oct 2023 21:52:49 GMT
Scandinavian Cruise https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/8/scandinavian-cruise July 2023Scandinavian CruiseFiords, waterfalls, farms and medieval cities.

From July 10-26, 2023 we cruised with Regent lines to Scandinavia. Starting in Stockholm we stoped at three stops Sweden, two in Finland, seven in Norway, as well as stops in Estonia and Germany. There were many score excursions to medieval cities and churches with special tours of farms specializing in sheep wool and organic foods. Pleasant surprise was the cool weather—60s and 70s. The fiords with the spectacular cliffs and waterfalls were highlights. More photos here.


[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/8/scandinavian-cruise Sun, 06 Aug 2023 23:34:46 GMT
Jazz Concerts https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/5/jazz-concerts The concluding program in the six concert series of Great Music for Young Ears was held in late April - early May 2023. As before, programs were presented at Hodgin and Alamosa Elementary schools and at the Public Academy for the Performing Arts (PAPA). The subject was “Early Jazz” and featured performances based on the  Music of the “Hot Club of Paris” stars, Django Reinhardt, guitar and Stephane Grappelli, violin, in the 1930s. Selections included, After You’ve Gone, Minor Swing, Summertime, Sweet Lorraine, and Oh, Lady Be Good.

Priscilla Hallberg (violin), Ronaldo Baca, Mick Faucheur (guitars), and Micky Patten (bass)


[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/5/jazz-concerts Wed, 03 May 2023 02:23:00 GMT
Impressionism in Music and Art https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/3/impressionism-in-music-and-art In the fifth of six programs in the “Great Music For Young Ears” series, the subject was Impressionism in Music and Art. These programs were presented at Hodgin and Alamosa Elementary Schools and PAPA (Public Academy for the Performing Arts). The music included compositions by Debussy and Ibert performed by Anna Hamrick, harp, Jennifer Lau, flute and Priscilla Hallberg, violin, accompanied by a slide show of art by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Rousseau among others. These programs have been made possible by funding from New Mexico Arts and the Music Guild of New Mexico.
School Concert on Impressionism in Art and MusicSchool Concert on Impressionism in Art and Music

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/3/impressionism-in-music-and-art Sat, 01 Apr 2023 04:57:00 GMT
Ballet School Concert https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/2/ballet-school-concert In our fourth of six school concerts the focus was on music from the Romantic Era which featured ballet music danced by two fine ballet dancers--Amanda Roar and Robbie Rodriguez--with Priscilla Hallberg, violin and Ronaldo Baca, guitar. Concerts were presented at PAPA (Pubic Academy for Performing Arts) and Alamosa and Hodgin Elementary Schools. Artists presented workshops for students at PAPA and concerts ended with questions from the audience.

Selections were Romanza Andaluza (Pablo de Sarasate), Cápricho Árabe (Francisco Tårrega), Malagueña and Zapateado (Sarasate) and Cantabile (Paganini). Complete program videos appear at the end of the Gallery.

“Great Music for Young Ears” is a outreach program of the String Academy of the Southwest with funding from NM Arts and the Music Guild of NM.


Dance to the Music

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/2/ballet-school-concert Sat, 25 Feb 2023 17:01:12 GMT
Galapagos https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/1/galapagos Galapagos Trip—January 2023. This was a BIG trip for us and so memorable. Our trip began in Quinto the capitol of Ecuador for a few days before the separate 1000 mile flight to the Galapagos Islands. We visited nine of the volcanic islands of Galapagos for a busy and very active tour of the Southern Loop. Days were full of trips on the Celebrity Xpedition ship including kayak rowing, snorkeling and Zodiac rides to see the impressive scenery and big variety of exotic wildlife of Galapagos. My Gallery photos show some of the many sea lions, iguanas, birds, sea turtles and tortoises we saw.

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2023/1/galapagos Wed, 11 Jan 2023 00:05:00 GMT
Class Recital 12/22 https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2022/12/class-recital-december-2022 In the final Class Recital of 2022 our students presented the results of their semester's work. It was wonderful to hear the progress. The Xiong family started things out with a trio version of the Christmas song, "O Come Little Children," and here's a picture of the last of Mark's pieces, a duet with his brother, Ethan. Their sister, Xin, is watching them on the left. To check out all the photos and videos click on photo below.  Mark and EthanMark and Ethan



[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2022/12/class-recital-december-2022 Sat, 24 Dec 2022 00:18:56 GMT
Class Recital '21 https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2021/6/class-recital-21 Our first Class Recital post pandemic was a happy success. So nice to be back performing LIVE! All did well--performers, parents and friends with special thanks for the special post concert treats!

Program included Mateo playing Gavotte from Mignon, Marissa—Gavotte and Bach Minuet, Jessica—Gavotte (Lully) and Bach Gavotte, Jessica and her mother—Bach Minuet in G, Mateo and Jessica—Duets by Leopold Mozart, Vineet and Viveka—Bach Duet, Viveka—Sitt, Double Stop Etude, and Vineet closed with final movement from Mendelssohn Violin Concerto accompanied on violin by Priscilla.

Photos and videos on the Gallery—click on the photo. All successful performers!Class performersMateo, Marissa, Viveka, Jessica and Vineet with teacher, Priscilla

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2021/6/class-recital-21 Mon, 14 Jun 2021 20:01:22 GMT
Bosque Bike Path https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2020/7/bosque-bike-path BosqueBosqueBike path parallel to the Rio Grande. We live next to a particularly beautiful Bike Path along the Rio Grande River. On the days I don't ride the path I often walk with my camera and try to catch the wide variety of bikes and riders there. The Covid Pandemic brought an even wider variety of bikers and also occasioned a couple of photo courses for me that encouraged some photo storytelling. Preparing for the courses I met Pat and Judy, Michael and Zoie the Schnauzer, and Raymond--photos included.

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2020/7/bosque-bike-path Sun, 12 Jul 2020 14:01:30 GMT
Elizabeth Memorial https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2019/10/elizabeth-memorial This Memorial for Priscilla's Mother, Elizabeth Hodges, brought together a wonderful collection of students and family to honor a truly remarkable teacher and friend of so many. There were tributes and gatherings in Weymouth, Mass. and a final interment in Berlin, New Hampshire--the original home of the Rozek family. InternmentIntermentGraveside

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2019/10/elizabeth-memorial Wed, 02 Oct 2019 15:20:37 GMT
BSO Conductors https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2019/9/bso-conductors Conductors in Rehearsal (1971-1983)

Photos by Gordon Hallberg

Leonard BernsteinLeonard Bernstein As Bass Trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) from 1971-1983 I sat in a chair only a few feet from the many conductors of the Boston Symphony. Over my years with the Boston Symphony I had the pleasure of playing with and photographing some of the finest conductors in the world. 

Of course, I was not free to photograph in concerts only rehearsals. But, in so many ways, conductors are more interesting in rehearsals than in concerts—their movements are more communicative and often very dramatic.

Rehearsal lighting was not as bright as in concerts, which made it necessary to “push” the film explaining the visible grain in the photos.

Photos have previously been exhibited at Symphony Hall, Boston and other locations in Massachusetts.


[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2019/9/bso-conductors Mon, 23 Sep 2019 03:16:15 GMT
Spain '19 https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2019/6/spain-19 Our trip, June 2-19, 2019, visited the Southern Coast of Spain with six days in Barcelona. Other ports were Valencia, Alicante, Malaga, Cadiz, Almeria, Cartagena, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Palamos. We also took excursions to Villajoyosa, Altea, Granada, Alhambra, Santa Eulalia and Girona. Along with many Cathedrals, highlights include tours and visits to Gaudi creations, Andalucean Horses, Montserrat, Flamenco Performances and the Museums of Picasso, Dali and Miro.

Oceana Riviera CruiseOceana Riviera Cruise

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2019/6/spain-19 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 04:19:00 GMT
Arthur Meyerson Workshop https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2019/3/arthur-meyerson-workshop I attended a Photographic Workshop at the famous Santa Fe Workshops. Arthur Meyerson, my instructor, is an acclaimed photographer and teacher particularly famous in the area of color photography. In the weeklong session we class members were treated to Meyerson's "Photography Tools"--concepts that guided his own photography over the years. His teaching illustrated the tools in his own photos as well as demonstrating their presence or non-presence in our class assignments. My photos are represented in my "Meyerson Workshop" gallery. One of my location discoveries was the Dwan Light Sanctuary near Las Vegas, NM. It is a very unusual and picturesque structure with large light prisms built into the walls projecting color spectrums on the interior walls. Meyerson Workshop-14Meyerson Workshop-14Light Spectrum

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2019/3/arthur-meyerson-workshop Mon, 04 Mar 2019 02:02:00 GMT
Caribbean Cruise '18 https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/12/caribbean-cruise-18 Our cruise to the Southern Caribbean included stops at Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena, Colon, and Puerto Simon and took place December 5-16, 2018. It included entering the Panama Canal, traveling to Lake Gatun and back. Excursions included city tours and water cruises into the Rainforests searching for monkeys and sloths in the trees. This is our third trip with Holland America and its "dam" ships. Half Moon CayHalf Moon CayWarm water and temperatures--much needed. Priscilla loved our "room stewards" for their warm caring help.

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/12/caribbean-cruise-18 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:48:25 GMT
Native American Dances https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/11/native-american-dances Indian Pueblo Cultural Center here in Albuquerque has Native dances each weekend. Photos here are from the 2nd and 3rd weekends in November. Guests were the Seasonal Dance Group from the Jemez tribe and the Cachini Dance Group (Zuni).
Pueblo Dances (Zuni)Pueblo DancesWeekend Dances at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.


[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/11/native-american-dances Sun, 04 Nov 2018 02:27:00 GMT
Day of the Dead https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/11/day-of-the-dead “Dia De Los Muertow”——"Day of the Dead" is a celebration observed here Oct 31-Nov 2nd. Deceased loved ones are honored by their families in various ways including public parades with costumes and painted faces. A very big holiday in Mexico  it is a smaller event in Albuquerque happening in the South East section of the city which becomes a very busy and colorful celebration.


[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/11/day-of-the-dead Sun, 04 Nov 2018 02:25:00 GMT
Dragon Light Festival https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/10/dragon-light-festival The Dragon Lights Festival in Albuquerque features fully illuminated silk lanterns created in China assembled and displayed here in Albuquerque from October to December.  The many colorful lanterns, internally lit, are in the shapes of animals and exotic shapes which produce a fantasy land of night-time color. A 40 foot long Dragon lantern is featured. There are also presentations of traditional Chinese stage arts like face changing, Chinese Yo-Yo, etc.

Dragon Light FestivalDragon Light Festival40 foot long silk lantern

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/10/dragon-light-festival Mon, 15 Oct 2018 02:51:00 GMT
Balloon Fiesta https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/10/balloon-fiesta Albuquerque Balloon Festival happens every year the first week in October. As a first time visiter, I attended 3 times because it was such a rich photographic possibility. About 500 balloons make a mass ascent at daybreak. It makes it a bit of a challenge to face the traffic and get there in time, but the action, colors, special shapes and community spirit make it all worthwhile. Canon camera company is a major sponsor—its not hard to realize why with all the photos taken.

Balloon FiestaBalloon FiestaMass Ascension

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/10/balloon-fiesta Mon, 08 Oct 2018 02:18:00 GMT
Carlsbad Caverns https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/6/carlsbad-caverns Carlsbad Caverns is about 4.5 hours South of Albuquerque, and is a world famous site. Without apology for this overused term--the Caverns are AWESOME! We spent 3 hours walking the 1.25 mile path around the "Big Room." The room is 800 feet below the surface and is 8.2 acres in size . Temperature was 59° a relief from the 111° above ground. A Broadway lighting "tech" did the elaborate light design which is impressive. Enjoy the photos and realize they can't compete with the reality of Carlsbad Caverns. Carlsbad Caverns-27Carlsbad Caverns-27

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/6/carlsbad-caverns Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:43:00 GMT
Strings and Friends Review https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/5/strings-and-friends This is a collection of photos from our Garden City, Kansas Concert/Workshop Series. It brought together Artists–String Players of all genres–with our students. 

Artists, in the order of the Gallery are: Alex DePue, Fiddle; Ben Cline, Cello, Fort Hays State; Brian Lewis, Violin, Univ. of Texas; Christian Howes, Jazz Violinist; Stephen Feldman, Cellist, Univ. of Central Arkansas; Harrington String Quartet, Southwest Texas A&M; Indigo Duo (from St. Petersburg String Quartet); Mike Cirillo, Jazz Violin; Elizabeth Suh-Lane and Beau Bledsoe, Kansas City Bach Aria Soloists; Dan Levinson, Fiddle; Run Boy Run, Folk Group.

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/5/strings-and-friends Sun, 13 May 2018 14:07:38 GMT
First Home Concert https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/4/first-home-concert April 22nd was the date of our first Home Concert with Priscilla's colleagues--Daniele and Tzufeng. It was a grand occasion! Many thanks to our compound neighbors who, as part of their social calendar, furnished all the food and drink.   SoiréeSoirée

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2018/4/first-home-concert Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:21:01 GMT
Abiquiu, NM https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2017/11/abiquiu-nm Plaza Blanca After Thanksgiving we made a short visit to Northern New Mexico--Taos and Abiquiu. Beautiful and Dramatic country, particularly Abiquiu. We're planning to come back in May if not before for a Bluegrass Workshop with Matt Flinner and Ruam Drockey at Ghost Ranch. Ghost Ranch includes the home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe and location and inspiration for so many of her paintings.

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2017/11/abiquiu-nm Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:49:50 GMT
Elizabeth's 100th Birthday https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2017/8/elizabeths-100th-birthday Elizabeth Hodges celebrated her 100th birthday on several occasions beginning with a visit from granddaughter Ericka Raum Daniel and family. Next was Sarah Darling (granddaughter) with her viola. And, next was the BIG Family gathering August 26th with folks from both coasts and Canada—quite a momentous occasion! Two big meals and social times at Hotel Albuquerque and Parq Central hotels and more visits at our house with (just) newly decorated living room. Still to come are Church observance and Open House on the birthday proper—September 4th, 2017. See photos here at People/Libby's 100th 100thLibby's 100th

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2017/8/elizabeths-100th-birthday Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:26:13 GMT
The Indigo Duo https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2017/4/the-indigo-duo Alla Aranovskaya, violin and Boris Vayner, viola comprise The Indigo Duo and were presented by "Strings and Friends" Saturday in a Workshop and Concert. They coached our students in the afternoon and gave a concert in the evening. Photos from the sessions are on this website under the "Strings and Friends" menu item. We were so happy to have these international artists teach our students and engage our enthusiastic audience Alla coaches Victoria

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2017/4/the-indigo-duo Sun, 09 Apr 2017 05:37:37 GMT
Bill Bussmann https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/12/bill-bussmann Bill BussmannWith His/My Mandolin Had a wonderful visit with Bill Bussmann, OldWaveMandolins.com. Quite a trip--2 1/2 hours South of Albuquerque and down a gravel road to the edge of a canyon and down switchbacks to a really colorful studio setting. See pics at People/Bill Bussmann on this site. This was our second trip, the first to try his mandolin, the second to add a "button." Visits with Bill are always entertaining with lots of stories and sharing of memories. Love his mandolins and they are beautiful!

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/12/bill-bussmann Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:00:00 GMT
New Mexico https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/11/new-mexico In an extended visits to New Mexico we stayed in San Fidel at the Ann Wigmore Institute, Santa Fe at a beautiful but slightly strange commune, Albuquerque with visits to a Chinese Doctor and many Nature Center walks. There were also many visits to the Flying Star Cafe, Thai Vegan and Anna Purna restaurants. See "Places/New Mexico".


[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/11/new-mexico Wed, 23 Nov 2016 04:02:00 GMT
NYC and Bermuda https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/5/nyc-and-bermuda This was a nice get away after a busy teaching year--a few days in NYC and a cruise to Bermuda. We toured and snorkeled in Bermuda and saw 2 ballets and a MET orchestra concert in NYC. Norwegian BreakawayNorwegian Breakaway


[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/5/nyc-and-bermuda Sun, 22 May 2016 18:17:50 GMT
Spring Recital '16 https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/5/spring-recital-16 Spring Recital is a special chance to highlight our work for the entire school year. We are so happy that our school includes students from 4 to ???. Photos again this concert are actually by Dan Kunselman who did great work operating my cameras because I was kept busy playing or "mandolining" with students. Lydia, Gordon, and VictoriaLydia, Gordon, and Victoria

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/5/spring-recital-16 Sun, 08 May 2016 03:41:05 GMT
Guatemala 2 https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/2/guatemala-2 Church CourtlyardChurch Courtlyard We returned to Guatemala--Antigua and San Marcus--for a second time for Joyce Maynard's Writing Workshop. While Priscilla attended the Workshop Gordon practiced his mandolin in one of the most scenic environments possible--Lake Antitlan. Aside from the overnight in the hospital for Priscilla it was a good trip.

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2016/2/guatemala-2 Sun, 14 Feb 2016 21:06:00 GMT
Winter Recital '15 https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/12/winter-recital-15 Our class recitals are special times for all. We have such lovely kids, and to see and hear them perform is always a charge! The adults are pretty special too! The photos and videos are wonderful memories. Many thanks to Dan Kunselman for working my cameras while I (Gordon) helped the kids. Is it possible he photographed his boys with special attention? More photos and videos (all by Dan) on this site--String Academy/Winter Recital '15.


[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/12/winter-recital-15 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 04:01:33 GMT
Stephen Feldman, Cellist https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/11/stephen-feldman-cellist Stephen Feldman, cellist, was a "Strings and Friends" guest for workshop and concert. Stephen is Associate Professor at the University of Central Arkansas. During his visit with us he was joined by Priscilla Hallberg and Linda Adams in a program of Bach, Rorem, Kodaly, and Beethoven. In addition, with Priscilla, he preformed a school program at the Abe Hubert Elementary School and gave a Master Class with students of the String Academy of the Plaines. We all enjoyed his fine playing and willingness to share his music and his knowledge with all. See photos in "Strings and Friends" section.

Stephen FeldmanConcert and Workshop

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/11/stephen-feldman-cellist Mon, 16 Nov 2015 05:07:33 GMT
Elizabeth Suh-Lane, Beau Bledsoe https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/10/elizabeth-suh-lane-beau-bledsoe Elizabeth Suh-Lane and Beau Bledsoe were featured artists on the "Strings and Friends" Concert Series, Saturday October 10th, 2015. Elizabeth and Beau make up the Kansas City based Bach Aria Soloists Duo. In a workshop with students on Saturday morning they shared music making and information with students. And, the evening concert presented a varied program of works for violin and guitar.  See photos and videos from the concert at http://gordonhallberg.com/p985082855 at this site. Elizabeth and BeauElizabeth and Beau

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/10/elizabeth-suh-lane-beau-bledsoe Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:51:44 GMT
Salina Residency https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/9/salina-residency On September 9-11, 2015, Priscilla Hallberg was in Salina, KS for a three day residency to music students at Lakewood Middle School. Her theme was Impressionism in Art and Music. She also performed with Linda Adams in a lunch-time outdoor concert at the Robert Caldwell Plaza in downtown Salina. Thanks to Stacy Ash, Arts Educational Coordinator, and Brad Anderson, Executive Director, Salina Arts and Humanities. More photos at http://gordonhallberg.com/p570160164.  P1030371Salina ResidencyLinda Adams, Priscilla Hallberg, and Brad Anderson. Thanks to Brad, Stacy Ash, and the Art a La Carte team for making this residency possible for me to do.

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) Salina https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/9/salina-residency Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:20:38 GMT
Run Boy Run https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/6/run-boy-run It's always great to see and hear Run Boy Run again. This is their third visit to Garden City as guests of "Strings and Friends." A highlight for us was the inclusion of "String Beans" our student group on their concert at the City Band Shell. It was scary but fun. The next morning, Matt had a Master Class private lesson for String Beans in which he covered technical issues of bow control, tone production and playing fast. The kids loved it!

Victory PortraitVictory PortraitThe end of a successful concert!

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/6/run-boy-run Mon, 08 Jun 2015 05:55:26 GMT
Chicago https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/5/chicago Chicago is a very vibrant and photogenic city. We visited over Memorial Day traveling by Amtrak. Millennium Park, Chicago Symphony, the Art Museum, several plays and the Memorial Day Parade were highlights.  Chicago SkylineFrom the Art Museum


[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/5/chicago Wed, 27 May 2015 02:28:58 GMT
Spring Recital '15 https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/5/spring-recital-15 This event was photographed by Dan Kunselman with my camera and lighting. Our class recitals are always happy events with the students showing off their progress and it's a nice photographic possibility. In this case, I was torn between accompanying students with my mandolin or photographing. Luckily Dan, who has stepped in for me in the past was there to "snap the trigger." I was very happy with the flash lighting setup which, when the student stood in the right spot gave a very flattering look. And, thanks to Dan for his contribution! I noticed his boys were caught especially well!

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/5/spring-recital-15 Mon, 11 May 2015 08:33:53 GMT
Mike Cirillo's Hot Club of Arizona https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/3/mike-cirillos-hot-club-of-arizona Post ConcertPost Concert Fun "Strings and Friends" had another wonderful concert, this time featuring Mike Cirillo on jazz violin. The Hot Club of Arizona plays tribute to the Hot Club of France and the iconic virtuosos Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. The concert had music by Grappelli and Reinhardt as well as originals and even fiddle tunes (Mike was Arizona State Fiddle Champion in 1990). On Saturday following the concert the workshop for our students was great fun! Students learned to improvise!

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) Cirillo https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/3/mike-cirillos-hot-club-of-arizona Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:28:17 GMT
Guatemala https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/2/guatemala Antigua-20Antigua-20 San Marcos La Laguna is one of several small villages on volcano-ringed Lago de Atitlan, which many call the most beautiful lake in the world. We were here for Priscilla to attend a Writing Workshop (Jan 31-Feb 8th) in the home of Joyce Maynard. We spent seven days before and after in Antigua, Guatemala's "must-visit" destination. A highlight was when Priscilla played with Seth Montfort, a local musician in concert at a dinner club and on the street in Antigua.  We entered a very different world, ate well, and took lot's of photos. 

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) Antigua Joyce Maynard Lago de Atitlan San Marcus La Laguna https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/2/guatemala Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:55:50 GMT
String Fling https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/1/string-fling String Fling is a yearly event held at Kansas State U, Manhattan, KS. Over 600 young string players from around the state attended Jan 17-18, 2015. There were several orchestras with students ranging from 5th to 9th grade. In the two days they have intensive rehearsals and a performance. Two of our students attended with family--Carl and Halle. We had a great time after the concert with lunch at Houlihans. Fling-8Fling-8

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) Carl Halle https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2015/1/string-fling Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:09:32 GMT
Alex DePue Workshop https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2014/11/alex-depue Alex DePue and Miguel De HoyosGood Time and Terrific Learning Experience! Our workshop with Alex DePue and Miguel De Hoyos was magnificent! It was such a pleasure to hear them play and watch them interact with the students. The pictures give some indication of the laughter and fun but can only hint at the great teaching that was happening. It was a tremendous opportunity for our kids to see great artists sharing their talents and humanity.

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2014/11/alex-depue Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:18:28 GMT
Harrington Quartet Workshop and Concert https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2014/11/harrington-quartet-workshop-and-concert Concert Nov. 1, 2014Harrington QuartetFinishing with a flourish Strings and Friends Presents

The Harrington String Quartet

Rossitza Goza, violin

Keith Redpath, violin

Vesselin Todorov, viola

Emmanuel Lopez, cello


The Roaring Twenties




Five Fugues, Well-Tempered Clavier, K. 405   W. A. Mozart–J.S. Bach

Quartetto Dorico, P. 144 (1924), Ottorino Respighi           



String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, Franz Schubert “Death and the Maiden” (1824)


The Harrington String Quartet is in residence as string faculty at West Texas A&M University. Committed to both performing and teaching, the quartet regularly provides concerts, master classes, lecture-recitals and presentations for audiences of all ages, as well as collaborative projects with artists from various fields. 

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2014/11/harrington-quartet-workshop-and-concert Mon, 03 Nov 2014 01:29:59 GMT
Brian Lewis https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2014/10/brian-lewis Fri and Sat, Oct 10 and 11, Brian Lewis was the guest of String and Friends to give masterclasses and concert. It was an exciting time for all! Brian is such an energetic and entertaining presence. And his playing is world class. It was so interesting to sit among the students who were listening with such intensity as he played CLASSICAL music! His working with the kids was a highlight. He communicates so effectively and covers topics of value to all students regardless of level. Folks commented his concert was our best yet!

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2014/10/brian-lewis Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:50:17 GMT
Norway Cruise https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2014/9/norway-cruise We cruised to Norway with Holland-America Oct-Sept 2014 starting and ending in Rotterdam visiting Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Flan, Bergen, Geiranger, Alesund and Eidfjord. 

[email protected] (Gordon Hallberg) https://gordonhallberg.com/blog/2014/9/norway-cruise Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:37 GMT