Art and Humanity in the Midst of War: The Story of the Sarajevo String Quartet with Dr. Dijana Ihas
“Front lines, Broken Schools, Broken Churches, Broken Hospitals.
WE NEVER SAID NO.
Everywhere people needed a sense that they were still human beings we played.”
Dr. Dijana Ihas
The above quote is from a presentation I hosted last February by Dr. Dijana Ihas titled Art and Humanity in the Midst of War: The Story of the Sarajevo String Quartet. Dijana shared a first hand account of her experience performing 206 concerts as a violist with the Sarajevo String Quartet during the infamous siege of Sarajevo from April 5, 1992 – February 29, 1996.
Her story is miraculous, hauntingly recent and not well known. Sharing this story feels like one of the most important things I have ever done with my life. Since the Music for Young Violinists group has grown so much since I posted a year ago I felt it would be valuable to share this information again. Videos of the presentation are posted on youtube (click on the titles to be re-directed) in 5 parts as follows:
PART 1/5 - "What Does it Mean to be Besieged?"
PART 2/5 - “When everything is taken away from you, humans are so intelligent they find a way to survive.”
PART 3/5 - A Glimpse Into One of the Performances
PART 4/5 - Years later, a need to understand: “Why Did I Do That?”
PART 5/5 - Why Arts? Why Music? Why Strings?
Woo-Hoo, another prize!!! There is a special $15 Gift Certificate Prize to the Music for Young Violinists STORE for the first person who can help me identify the piano composition this excerpt comes from.
I used to hear it being practiced next door decades ago when I was in music school but I never knew the composer. I only know it is *fantastically fun for teaching young violinists how to master their low and high 2nd fingers. Nothing replaces good old fashioned 2 octave G Major scales but in my experience most students need a little more support in their curriculum.
The worksheet pictured below is a part of the Winer 2016 Music packet which is one of the many free perks of being on the Music for Young Violinists newsletter list. I give away an entire packet of music to my list every season. I love hearing from you and even if you can not tell me who composed this piano piece please let me know your feedback about the Winter 2016 Music Packet:
*If you are like me you may have wondered if this is a real word. I thought I was just making this up but learned something new today and according the Merriam-Webster this word actually exists. The definition of fantastically is 1 : in a fantastic manner. 2 : to a fantastic degree : extremely Ha! That was exactly the word I was looking for to describe this small etude I use to help students with their 2nd fingers.
Winner, Winner - We Have a Winner!!! Now, Share Your Wishlist for the Next Giveaway Contest
Dear Music for Young Violinists Friends,
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic entries in my second giveaway contest and congratulations to Laura for winning the 5 StringVision Bow Grips! It was fantastic hearing from all of you and I especially appreciated the conversations about the pros and cons of this particular bow hold product. Everyone who entered got a little musical gift from me in their email inbox - a sample of my new collection, a rousing fiddle tune arranged for 3 violins and a coupon to the store.
Your excited entries got my mind thinking about hosting more contests and I would love to hear from you about what you want to see offered in the future. Please let me know in the comments below. I can not make any promises but I will do my best to continue this fun tradition that Music for Young Violinists has started.
Here is a short video of me choosing the winner. I have seen other websites do raffles with computer programs but I thought pulling a name out of a bowl would be so much more fun. Happy music making and bye for now, Heather
Hi! It's me, Heather. I absolutely love working on the Music for Young Violinists project and all the many facets: blogging, website, music, teaching materials, freebies, videos, newsletter and giveaway contests. The best part is connecting with you so feel free to drop me a line. You can learn more about me on the "ABOUT" page. Thanks!