The Bell Telephone Hour

Season 10 Episode 4

The Virtuoso Teacher

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Nov 24, 1967 on NBC
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"The Virtuoso Teacher" presents a portrait of violinist and teacher Joseph Fuchs as he prepares two young students, Takako Nishizaki and Christiane Edinger, for their concert careers. The intense weeks of lessons, the anxieties, disappointments, and the hopes of the students and Fuchs are shown as they participate in music competitions. They compete in the Leventritt Music Competition in Carnegie Hall and no winners are declared. They practice for next year. They and other competitors, Pinchas Zukerman, Kyung-Wha Chung, Serge Lucca, and Donald Wylerstein, are seen performing. Nishizaki and Edinger advance to the semi-finals but are then eliminated. Fuchs talks about teaching and playing the violin.

Highlights:
Yehudi Menuhim performs Bach's Double Concerto.
Performances of Brahms' Violin Concerto to Saint-Saens' Rondo Capriccioso.

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