K.C. Strings

Community Newsletter
April 2017   
K.C. Strings empowers string players and together we create a community.

K.C. Strings Celebrating 25 Years!
     In our last newsletter we announced our 25th anniversary year and how we're thrilled to share the excitement! We also started a new story series, From The Past To Today. In this newsletter, enjoy Part 2, "The Impact of Family," where we pick up and find out more about the Misha Krutz's past in Russia!
(Scroll down to find this month's special discount!)
From The Past To Today - Part 2

The Impact Of Family
     As you learned from the last newsletter, the Krutz family has a rich lineage of musical artists. Since Misha's father was a violinist, Misha was impacted by his father and would rehearse and sing at home. However, because he was so surrounded by it, it wasn't something he took seriously until later. Now in Russia, the 'natural' thing if one wanted to be play violin professionally was to start training seriously at the age of eight or nine. Misha felt he missed that opportunity so he began training with an instructor on the double bass when he was 13.

     During that time, Misha's family was also going through difficulties, but it gave him an agenda to play and train. Misha was driven now! He went to music school, college and trained at the Leningrad Conservatory. It didn't take him long to start playing professionally---at age 16 he started playing in professional small orchestras for local theaters.
St. Petersburg, Russia - Mariinksy Theater
      In the 1960s-'70s, it was common to have small orchestras, with only two violinists, entertain people with classical arrangements before every movie. Misha started small, but before long he was playing at the big opera theater, Mariinsky, which use to be the Imperial Opera House. You probably recognize the name because this is also the opera house which staged Kirov and Baryshnikov!

      Now Misha was playing with the big wigs and for the big wigs! As Misha explained, "That was an interesting time. When the ballet would travel, they always would come back with less people! Especially with less of 'the star people,' because they are wanted everywhere. There is a joke in Russia: 'The definition of a Russian trio is a quartet after they took a trip abroad.'"

-Find out how the Krutz family came to the U.S. in the next newsletter!

This Month's 25th Anniversary Special!

25% OFF *Bows!

*Must provide this coupon printed or in digital format when purchasing bow. Coupon not valid on Jon Paul Bravo bows.

(Offer valid from April 1 -  April 29, 2017)
Announcing Summer Music Camp Details!

We are excited to release details on our 11th Annual K.C. Strings Summer Music Camp, directed by  Bob H. Hagenbuch, Jr.

This year we will be featuring
"MUSIC of the '80s"---
Mozart, Tchaikovsky and movie music from the '80s!

When:  July 10 - 14, 2017
Where:  K.C. Strings, Merriam, KS
Who:  violin, viola, cello, and bass students with 4 to 7+ years of experience.
What:  String Technique, Sectionals, String Orchestra Rehearsal, and Music History & Theory. 

For more information or to register, please visit: www.kcstrings.com/music-camp

A Taste of the Mariinsky Orchestra!

Video Above (click to watch):
Russlan And Ludmilla (Overture) / Orchestra Of Mariinsky Theatre

Thank YOU for being a part of our community!

Anton Krutz  
Master Luthier, K.C. Strings  
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5842 Merriam Dr.
Merriam, KS 66203
(913) 677-0400

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