March is Cello Month!

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It’s Cello Month at Carriage House Violins!

Throughout the month of March, Carriage House Violins—Johnson String Instrument’s sales division—will host a number of exciting events especially for cellists. Lectures, performances, and an instrument exhibition are among the upcoming events, all taking place in the concert hall at Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts.

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The Concert Hall at Carriage House Violins


Cello Month Events

Click here to visit the Cello Month page on the Carriage House Violins website to see the list of remaining events. We are excited to present a number of performances, including a concert by the sensational Boston Cello Quartet, a concert by pioneering cellist and composer Mike Block, an all-Schubert concert to benefit Music For Food, and a concert to honor long-time principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jules Eskin. Also, don’t miss a lecture about cellos in the 18th century presented by Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society.

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The Boston Cello Quartet

Friday, March 13, 2015 – The Boston Cello Quartet – Blaise Déjardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu, Alexandre Lecarme, cellos.  (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, March 14, 2015 – Mike Block, cellist – solo performance

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – Jules Eskin Tribute

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Jules Eskin

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – All Schubert Concert  to benefit Music for Food, with cellist Blaise Dejardin, pianist Andrei Baumann, and  The Muir Quartet with cellist Robert Mayes.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – The Cello in the 18th Century – Gallery Talk and Demonstration


Contemporary Instrument Exhibition

During Cello Month, an expanded selection of cellos and bows for sale will be offered at Carriage House Violins. These instruments will be on display in an instrument exhibition featuring renowned modern makers. If you are shopping for a cello or bow, this is a great time to visit us to try the instruments in the collection, and speak to our knowledgable sales consultants at Carriage House Violins!

Click here for the full listing of cello makers, and here for the listing of bow makers featured in our Cello Month Instrument Exhibition.

You can also learn about featured Cello Month instruments on the Carriage House Violins facebook page!


The Boston Cello Society

We’re pleased to announce the founding of the Boston Cello Society by the Carriage House Violins cello specialist, Robert Mayes. Click here to learn more!

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Guitars & Other Fretted Instruments

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Welcome to The Guitar Shop at Johnson String Instrument!

CHV.118_rob+guitar-kid_11x6While JSI’s excellent reputation for providing quality bowed instruments to aspiring string players has long been known (since 1976!), we want to spread the word about the success of our relatively new fretted instrument division: JSI’s Guitar Shop.

With the opening of The Guitar Shop in 2012, the Johnson family returned to their folk roots, recalling their very first music shop called the Columbus Folk Music Center, based in Columbus, Ohio in the 1960s. Here, Roger and Carol Johnson played host to Jerry Garcia, Peter Seeger, Doc Watson, and other folk, old-time, and blues musicians.

Roger Johnson with Gibson harp guitar, 1965

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Carol Johnson with autoharp, 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the family moved to Newton, Massachusetts in 1974, violins, violas, and cellos became the focus, and Johnson String Instrument grew to become the largest bowed string instrument shop in New England. Today, with the addition of a wide selection of acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, and ukuleles offered at JSI’s Guitar Shop, Johnson String Instrument has become the most comprehensive stringed instrument company on the East coast, opening up vast possibilities of music-making to our customers!

The Guitar Shop at JSI carries some of the finest fretted instruments at the best value to be found. We’ve chosen the best-sounding models of guitars (steel and nylon-string), mandolins, and ukuleles from renowned fretted instrument companies, including Cordoba, Eastman, Northfield, and Yamaha, and have begun our own line of 1/2-size and full-size guitars: The AJ Series Guitars. Set up to our exacting standards, we ensure that our fretted instruments are easy to play and produce a beautiful tone quality. JSI’s Guitar Shop also offers fretted instrument accessories and setup services.

To learn more about fretted instruments at Johnson String, watch the video below, visit The Guitar Shop on the Johnson String Instrument website, and keep an eye on our blog site!

 

 

More Gifts for Musicians!

We hope your holiday shopping is going well!

With last-minute shopping pressure starting to build, we thought we’d provide some more ideas for gifts for the musicians on your list.

All of the great gifts listed below are now on sale during the Johnson String Instrument Holiday Sale! You can also find selected violins, violas, cellos, and bows on sale for 10% off at Carriage House Violins, plus sheet music, CDs, cases, accessories, guitars and other fretted instruments, and much more on sale now at Johnson String Instrument!

 

These 5.25″ x 8.25″ journals with lined paper inside are great for taking notes at each lesson! Choose the Music Notes cover design, or the Music Manuscript design:

 

This 1′ sterling silver Violin Pendant Necklace is very beautiful, and comes on either a 16″ or 18″ silver chain

 

JSI’s Flexi-Heads LED Stand Lights make great stocking stuffers!

Double-headed lighting powered by 3 AAA batteries, or included USB cable. Your choice of Black, Pink, or White:

 

These CDs feature some of our very favorite local musicians!

We can’t say enough about this wonderful new recording of unaccompanied Bach by violinist Daniel Stepner. On this CD are all of the Solo Sonatas and Partitas, as well as a stunning arrangement of Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue. Stepner’s insightful and moving interpretations of these pieces are performed on three exceptional period violins: a Stradivari, an Amati, and a Kloz. A must-have for any violinist studying these pieces, Bach lovers, and collectors of solo Bach!

Jason Anick is one of the best jazz violinists of his generation.

 

We love this band! The Klezwoods From Cairo to St. Petersburg…with love.

 

A virtuosic display by cellists in the Boston Symphony Orchestra!

Visit our previous post, Gifts For Musicians! for more ideas!

The Johnson String Instrument Blog

Greetings, string-playing fans!

Welcome to Johnson String Instrument’s blog site, a place where information about stringed instruments and accessories, players and teachers, concerts and events, and more will be shared!


We hope you can visit us in person at our beautiful location in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts!

Downstairs, at Carriage House Violins, you can play instruments and bows in private trial rooms or in our onsite concert hall. Please contact us at info@carriagehouseviolins.com to make an appointment with one of our knowledgable sales consultants.

In the Carriage House Violins Workshop, you can meet with one of our talented luthiers about instrument restoration and repair, custom setups, and tonal adjustments. Our exceptional bow technicians provide expert bow rehairs, repairs, and restoration. Please contact us at info@carriagehouseviolins.com to schedule a consultation for a repair, tonal adjustment, or bow rehair!

Upstairs, at Johnson String Instrument, set up a rental account, browse our selection of stringed instrument supplies, or try out the electric and fretted instruments. You can also consult with us about double bass and fretted instrument repair at the Guitar & Bass Shops. Contact us for more information at info@johnsonstring.com!

 

We look forward to serving you for all of your stringed instrument needs!